Water Polo Instruction and Swimming Strokes

Instruction For Goalies

Every water polo goalie knows, “Goalies are Special!”. At water polo training, coaches will give extra attention to these specialists. They will instruct goalies with material specifically designed to help water polo goalies reach their highest potential through water polo instruction and swimming strokes.

Good and dedicated goalie coaches understand the unique skills and techniques that you’ll need to stop shots cold and trigger your teams counter attack. Here are some of the special goalie skills you’ll be exposed to and practice in the pool:

Technical Skills:

  • One hand saves
  • Two hand saves
  • Controlling the block
  • Defending the lob
  • Passing under pressure
  • Passing to counter attack
  • Techniques and conditioning drills for goalies

Tactical Skills:

  • Reading defenses
  • Recognizing offenses
  • Mastering the angles
  • Anticipation and decision making

Instruction For Field Players

All water polo field players are introduced to water polo drills and skills that have proven successful at the highest level of competition. Whether you are a driver or two-meter offensive or defensive player, you’ll benefit from personal, hands-on attention and instruction from Olympic and top-tier college coaches that will build confidence and increase your performance. Here are some of the technical and tactical water polo skills you’ll be exposed to and put into practice in the pool:

Technical Skills:

  • Ball handling
  • Shooting
  • Proper body position
  • Specialized driving techniques
  • Basic and advanced two-meter offense
  • Two-meter defensive techniques

Tactical Skills:

  • Offensive and defensive recognition
  • Anticipation and decision making
  • The counter attack
  • Attacking different defenses

Instruction For Coaches

Water polo coaching is both an art and a science. With the water polo landscape in a constant state of change, it is important to know what is happening around the world with rules, techniques, tactics, and ethics. At any time, coaches are required to stay at the top of their game.

Coaches are responsible for helping to shape the water polo scene on a national and global level and they should share their experience and expertise with colleagues around the world. Water polo coaches should pay special attention to the following:

  • Tactical Skills for Success
  • Teaching basic and advanced skills
  • Offenses and Defenses
  • Developing specialty positions
  • Developing a coaching/training plan
  • How to scout an opponent
  • Designing a game plan
  • Important changes in the rules
  • Preparing players for the next level