This video covers six simple things every water polo player can add to their game. We cover how to handle one on 0's and two on 0's, clearing weak side for teammates, not giving up on a play, and tunnel vision defense among other things. This is part of our Polo 101 series of instructional videos on the sport of water polo.
Florida water polo sore loser uses handshake line after state title loss to launch opponent into the water.
Things are always tense when archrivals face off. When the teams are competing for a state title, the tension is even more pronounced. Yet that doesn't excuse what happened at the conclusion of the Florida state water polo championship match between traditional rivals F.t. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (S.T.A.) and Miami Belen Jesuit School.
With the title decided, the teams lined up to walk through the traditional handshake line, a classic high school sports gesture aimed at maintaining a sense of friendship and collegiality. What resulted was a fracas when a Belen player used the opportunity to launch one of his S.T.A. rivals into the pool rather than shake his hand.
The resulting kerfuffle was exactly what you would expect to emerge from two rivals in such a highly-charged faceoff. S.T.A. players immediately jumped in to defend their now-soggy teammate, while Belen players responded in kind once the S.T.A. players reached the handshake line instigator.
Join the U.S. men's water polo team and coaches as they prepare for the London Olympic Games. Hear words from head coach Terry Schroeder and 1st assistant coach Robert Lynn about training for the team. Also, Merrill Moses (goalkeeper), Tony Azevedo (captain/attacker) and Ryan Bailey (center) give us insight into their practices and expectations for London. After winning a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this team is looking towards the gold medal in London.