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Water Polo: Basic Tips For Beginners

Water polo requires endurance and strong teamwork and here’s how you can be a master at it!

Even if you are the fittest athlete on your team, you are probably going to need some beginner friendly tips at water polo. While the sport is obviously played in water, you must also keep in mind that there’s no ground support. Naturally, it has been labelled as one of the most enduring sports to have ever been played. Initially, water polo was introduced as a version of rugby played underwater and was marked as a dangerous sport. However, if you know the right tactics, it could be a smooth sport for you. Here are a few beginner tips for playing water polo like a pro!

Practice Your Water Polo Swimming Position For A Smooth Game

In order to be a pro at water polo you should be well acquainted with the water polo swimming position. This will help you to navigate swiftly in the water, change positions and receive support with very little head movement. Remember to stay high in the water and keep a parallel cycling movement at 180 degrees going on in the water. Your entry and exit hand movements should be coordinated to be able to glide swiftly through the water. Doing this will also provide your with the necessary support you need in the water. Use the freestyle movement to navigate back to your position when you reach the wall.

Your Ball Control Should Be On Point To Make Goals

Your ball control is going to make all the difference while playing water polo. Failing to catch the ball or intercept the passes will not allow to make the necessary shots at the goal. According to the rules of water polo, you can have only one hand on the ball at a time. During your practice sessions, stand five feet away from the wall and bounce the ball at the ball to catch it. This practice will let you strengthen you control on the ball.

Ask A Friend To Practice Ball Passing With You In Water

During your training sessions, ask a friend to help with the ball passing drill sessions. Start by practising dry passing to your friend and then gradually increase the distance between the two of you. Water polo is a team sport and practicing ball passing will make you win or lose the game.

Urbee Sarkar

A content writer by the day and hardcore Netflix enthusiast by the night, Urbee believes the world to be a story, a ‘tour de force’ in the making. A blind supporter of coffee, she spends her time with her face buried in books on most days when she is not writing. On the other days, she strums her favourite songs while secretly planning for her next trip into the mountains. Urbee is a lit post-grad who has worked as a feature writer for digital media firms and believes the content industry to be her calling.
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