The game of water polo is a wonderful international sport that is played by 2 teams of 7 players, 6 field players and 1 goalkeeper.
You don’t have to be a star swimmer to play Water Polo. Water Polo is a team sport which focuses on basic skill development and physical endurance. Learn how to catch, throw and swim with the ball with one hand as well as they learn the egg beater.
Sport for Children and Teens-Understanding rules
With a proper understanding of the rules, you are better able to convey constructive support not only to your own child but to other participants as well, when they fall short. If you want to be part of a “coaching team”, you should have a high school diploma. If you don’t, don’t worry. There are quite a few free online prep courses that will get you all set for the GED diploma, the nationwide recognized equivalency to a standard HS diploma. For example, online GED prep courses see the website Best GED Classes.
As parents, it is important that we become more familiar with the technical aspects of our children’s sports. Through a better understanding of the rules and with how those rules are applied we become better able to deal with the stresses every parent experiences when their child competes.
Gone are the days when most of us can compete with our children in the pool. Yet you all know of examples of other parents, never ourselves, who sometimes forget themselves, and express their competitive instincts in inappropriate ways.
Every community sports program can positively contribute to healthy child development, create shared experiences and memories for families, and help to develop a sense of community identity. Review the following list of contributors to healthy child development in sport and check the list for those which are most important for you and for the sports program.
Understanding Child Development
When choosing a sport discipline for your child/teen you should consider the following:
- The program should recognize that children play differently than adults
- The program makes sure that all children — early and late developing children — have an equal opportunity to practice and play
Sport For Self-esteem and Social Development
- The program is designed to build self-esteem — it gives children positive learning and success experiences that match each child’s level of ability and maturity
- The program encourages all child and adult participants to respect and support one another
- The program encourages social interaction through group or team experiences including the skills of cooperation, coordination, respect for diversity and division of responsibility
Preparing Adults for Participation in Children’s Sport
Philosophy of the Coach – Coaches should have a healthy, child-centered approach to coaching. That is, sport should always be taught in a manner that positively contributes to a child’s personal and life skill development.
Coaches should teach young sports participants to value skill development, challenge, playing fair, and having fun in the sports environment. Winning should be secondary and the coach must show a positive understanding of and value the experience of both winning and losing.
There are also numerous resources available to volunteer coaches who want to learn more about the sport they coach, child development and working with children.
So if you really want to be more involved in your child’s sport then your energy and enthusiasm will be valued and rewarded by contributing where there is need – as a volunteer deck official or judge. Proper education is required and if for example, you didn’t complete high school there are still chances to get a secondary diploma.
As a working official, you become part of the “coaching team” because your role is to ensure fair play and at the same time to provide guidance to those who experience the disappointment of results that do not meet expectations, whether it be a slower time, a game lost, a disqualification, a kick-out, or a poor evaluation from the judges.
By understanding the technical details of a sport, we are better able to reassure competitors that falling short of expectations as we strive to achieve goals that are challenging is what provides meaning and importance to those goals.
Confidence Building up
It is what makes the achievement of the best time, a win, a highest points accumulation, or any other goal rewarding. That sense of achievement is enhanced by knowing that such goals were accomplished within “The Rules” as judged by the officials of the sport.
“What about having to disqualify a swimmer?” is the common refrain from parents who are reluctant to become deck officials in swimming. The answer, of course, is that no official wishes to disqualify a swimmer, and that’s as it should be for it governs our desire to ensure that we be certain about a disqualification before acting on it.
That is why the “first rule of officiating” is that the “benefit of any doubt goes to the swimmer.” It is also why officials are assigned “zones of responsibility” around the pool deck.
These are but two of the safeguards that one learns about by attending an officials clinic.
Of course, when an official observes an infraction of the rules, it is the duty of the office to report the infraction and disqualify the swimmer. By meeting this responsibility an official performs two important functions: ensuring that other swimmers are not disadvantaged by a technique or action that provides an unfair benefit and assisting the swimmer’s coach in ensuring that the swimmer is indeed performing the stroke correctly.
A swimmer who is not disqualified for an infraction may achieve an “official result” but has accomplished neither the goal of a time achieved fairly nor of a stroke performed properly.
So, as a “New Year’s resolution” I encourage you to set aside your anxieties about the knowledge you feel you lack or the responsibility you may be reluctant to assume and attend an officials clinic in your region.
Whether you decide to participate as an official at a meet or tournament, and I believe most of you will decide to do so, you will at least have added to your own knowledge of and interest in that activity in the water that your child is so enthusiastic about!