The New York City Aquatics Partnership (NYCAP) will begin the first of 10 water polo clinics at the LIU Brooklyn pool (161 Ashland Place). Times are 4:30 - 6pm on the following dates:
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
The goal is to have approximately 20 players of various levels developing water polo skills. Following is a synopsis of the basic program for the clinics:
- Create a team atmosphere focused on success
- Create opportunities for long-term friendships
- Water polo is a team sport; if everyone works together it’s best for the team.
B. Health and Development
- Focus on a healthy diet to provide a strong fitness base for water polo.
- Physical development, growth and muscle development
- Basic anatomy, stretching (what and why) and fitness on and off the deck
- Building confidence that will be beneficial in all aspects of life
- Respecting opponents and sportsmanship in general
- Effective conditioning techniques through land-based exercises.
- Basic water polo rules
- Understandings fouls and what different whistles mean
- Controlling emotions and adhering to referee's calls
- Following coach's instructions, understanding shots clock, etc.
D. Improving Skills
- Ball handling; how to hold/control the ball, including pumping, faking, etc.
- Protecting the ball from defenders
- Passing techniques, using both hands, dry, wet, whole set
- Defense basics, how to prevent counterattacks, etc.
- Proper defensive positioning as well as defending the whole set, etc.
- How to shoot as a whole set, using both hands
- How to shoot from the counterattack
- How to choose when, where and why to shoot
- Proper shooting techniques: high percentages shots, body, leg, shoulder positions, arm release point
E. Game Play
- Every position's duties and body position
- How to help teammates on defense
- How to properly defend when a man down
- How to properly utilize man-up situations
- How to earn kick-outs and have the advantage
- How to position in order not to get ejected
- How to get open and set up for a proper pass
- How to recognize counterattacks and to defend them
- How to recognize advantage in counterattacks and how to utilize them
- How to control the game