This topics on this page are for those Junior players that already attend a Wednesday night training session and for Friday night players to work towards.
Warrender Water Polo is committed to ensuring that all our members have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the sport of water polo. This structured approach to teaching the required skills is designed to ensure our players develop in a way that provides them with a sound understanding about the sport of water polo as they progress through our ranks.
During a Wednesday training session the main focus will be on the "Essential Elements" of team play and the "Key Principles" within these elements. There are many more principles of team play than those listed, but these key principles below that we will be focusing on will take you a long way towards becoming really effective in team play during matches for Warrender.
The coaches will expect you to be familiar with these Essential Elements of team play and their Key Principles. It is very important therefore that you familiarise yourself with them. Your coaches will expect you to have done so.
If there is anything that you don't understand, please feel free to discuss this with any member of the Coaching team and they will be happy to explain it to you.
Essential Element - Lane-go press defence
i.Body position: hips up
ii.Player positions and intentions: intense pressure on ball carrier but no foul; two adjacent defenders playing 50% in passing lane and 50% in goal lane limiting ball carrier’s options; other defenders 100% in passing lane looking to counter attack when opportunity arises
iii.Watching in triangles: attacker, ball and pit
Essential Element - Drop defence
i.Blocking (the shooting lanes)
ii.‘Tumbles’ (going from flat to make a steal back to a blocking position)
iii.Stealing quick at the pit when dropping
Essential Element - Counter attack
i.Correct ball movement: down right side of pool
ii.Correct player movement
iii.High speed and accuracy of ball and player movement
Essential Element - Driving
i.Initial movement: grasp defender’s outside elbow with mirror hand and turn defender away from driving side
ii.Start drive with strong front crawl arm stroke and powerful breast stroke kick, driving to ball side
iii.Drive through to wing and all other players re-align
Essential Element - Man up
i.Set up: 4:2
ii.Basic passing lines: 1-5, 1-6, 4-5, 4-6, 3-6 and 2-5
iii.Players on perimeter moving and threatening shot to move defenders and create space
Essential Element - Man down
i.‘House’ set up
ii.Blocking: angle, mirror, post
Warrender Water Polo - Edinburgh - Scotland