Water Polo

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Historical development.

The origins of water polo can be traced back to the late 19th century when a Scottish man named William Wilson constructed the rules for the game, as a result of the public’s growing disinterest of swimming carnivals (Donev, 2008). The sport was introduced onto the Olympic scene in 1900 during the Paris game, making it one of the longest running team games in the Olympics and can be played by both men and women (Smith, 1998). Australia made its debut in the 1948 Olympic Games. The Australian team has achieved moderate success with the woman’s team winning gold in the 2000 Olympic Games (Tan, 2009).

Key aspects.
The technical aspects include but are not limited to:
* Understanding the basic rules and foundations of the sport * Understanding the positions and field placement of each player * The basic throwing and catching biometrics such as overarm throws or side throws * Shooting techniques

* Goalkeeping saving techniques
* Basic swimming techniques
* Swimming while in position of the ball e.g. dribbling with the ball *
Technically the main aspects of water would revolve around defence and attack. Attacking it is recommended for a building up from the back basic attack with short passes and quick movements from your goal to the opposition goal. In defence it is recommended establishing zone tactic for beginners with 1 goal keeper and two players in front of the goal keeper keeping attacks away with other players on attack.. (Argudo Iturriaga, 2007)


Coaching points
18 year old beginners
Technical (passing)

Passing in water polo involves the use of numerous muscle groups in order to maximise the velocity of the pass. It is recommended motion of the body for an overarm throw is as followed: * Outward rotation of spine

* Flexion. rotation and horizontal abduction of shoulder
* Extension of elbow
* Hyperextension and flexion of wrist and fingers releasing the ball * It is...
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