Water polo drills for beginners is a watered down version of drills for pros. The basics remain the same in the game no matter what level the water polo player in question is. The difference between professionals and beginners in water polo is they need to learn the basics and the pros reinforce those basics. This article will bring you five water polo drills for beginners.
- Dribbling Drill. Many beginning water polo players do not recognize the importance of dribbling the ball. Most feel that the only way to advance the ball is by passing. Dribbling or swimming with the ball is an important mechanism for ball advancement. This drill will teach you how to move the ball as you swim and maintain control. Practice will make you better and the function will soon become second nature. Place the ball in front of you. Begin to swim freestyle but keep your head up. You want the ball to ride on your shoulder, pushed by the wake of your swimming. Run this drill the length of the pool.
- Shoulder Wrestle Drill. Since strength is a big part of water polo, this drill is ideal. This drill requires two players to perform and is a fun and great way to build back muscles and reinforce the importance of the treading of water and leg strength. Each player places a hand on each shoulder. The idea is to push down on each other shoulder as hard as you can, maintaining pressure and trying to submerge the other player. This is a great workout for strength and control. The winner is declared when the other player is submerged.
- Short Passing Drill. Passing is a key component of the game, but as we learned, it's not the only means of moving the ball forward. This drill it will take a team. The idea is to move the water polo ball down the length of the pool without drops or delays. This should be a bang-bang drill between players or the team. Simply position players diagonally down the length of the pool no more than five yards apart. First player passes the ball to the second and so on until the ball reaches the end, where that player turns and shoots on goal. The play is returned down the pool the other direction.
- Shooting Drill. One of the hardest things to learn in water polo is to receive a pass and shoot. This drill is designed to move the ball between two "feeders" to the attacker who will perform a quick shot. Have the player’s set-up in a triangle with the feeders at the top and the attacker or shooter at the point closest to goal. The feeders will pass the ball back and forth until the coach indicates a shot. At that time, the feeder with the ball will pass to the attacker who will turn and fire on goal.
- Dribbling Spin Drill. Ball control is another area of development for the beginner in water polo. This drill is designed to teach ball control and the spin to shot or pass maneuver that should be in the arsenal of all players. From the back stroke position the player will cradle and move the ball in their wake (maintaining control no lower then mid-chest by using high leg pushes). When indicated by position of instruction, the player will stop, grab the ball and spin to fire or pass the ball to awaiting player. This drill must be played quickly as possible even at the beginner level.