Boys Water Polo
Practice and Game Expectations
Follow SKSD Athletic code of conduct.
Work hard. We will have fun, but our goal is to always be improving. Take it seriously.
Work as a team. Help each other improve. Play together, work together, and win together.
Coaches are in charge, listen and follow their directions.
Sportsmanship is expected. Encourage, support and teach each other. Negativity towards each other, meanness and backbiting will not be tolerated. We are a team.
Before, during and after games, you are expected to represent SKHS with class. Demonstrate sportsmanship in the pool and on the deck. No dirty play. No crabbing at refs. Complaints and conflicts must be brought to coaches when they happen.
Be properly suited for games in a black water polo suit. If necessary, under your water polo cap wear a dark swim cap for home games and white for away competitions.
Grades are a priority. Maintain SKSD/WIAA athletic eligibility. Failure to do so will result in lost practice and game time, as well as possible removal from the team.
Practice is not optional. Communicate with coach prior to practice if you cannot attend, including when you are ill. Absences will only be excused for illness or prearranged appointments. Appointments, whenever possible, should be made outside of practice and game times. Parent signed notes will be required, but not guarantee, excusal of an absence. Absence from and tardiness to practice hurt team development and will have consequences. See below:
1st tardy – warning
2nd tardy – loss of game time
3rd tardy - loss of game time and creation of a written plan addressing tardiness.
4th tardy and beyond – loss of one game per tardy
1st unexcused absence – loss of ¼ of game time
2nd unexcused absence – loss of ½ of game time
3rd unexcused absence – loss of one full game
4th unexcused absence – loss of games until a meeting between parents and coaches to determine continued athletic participation in water polo.
To notify Coach Fogel of absences text to 360-731-0415 or email at email@example.com
Varsity versus Junior Varsity
Since water polo is relatively new to SK there will be no cuts. To determine varsity and junior varsity coaches will evaluate player performance and assign level of play. Skill level, effort, attendance, sportsmanship and safety will all be considered in determining level of play. Fluctuation between Varsity and JV is possible.
We will have both varsity and junior varsity squads. Some players will compete on both squads; however, the decision rests solely with the coaches as to who will play where and when.
There will be an honest attempt to get all players in the pool, but some opposing teams do not have junior varsity squads which will inevitably mean that some players might not get game time in every competition.
Whether you play or not, you are expected to watch and support your team(s) play.
To improve your chances of playing time show the coaches your dedication and hard work. Spend time out of season working on your game; attend camps, join water polo clubs, workout individually or with teammates, and study the game.
Varsity Letter Requirements
Attend 100% of required practices and games unless absence is excused (see above).
Meet or exceed all team expectations.
Represent SKSD and our team with class. Sportsmanship, a positive attitude and support of the team and school community are highly valued traits of a Varsity Letterman.
Compete in every varsity game. There will be no time requirement other than participation in each varsity contest.
Finish the season in good standing with the team, coach and school.
The coaches maintain final say in awarding varsity letters.
Below is a strength and conditioning program that will help get you prepared for the rigors of water polo. As with any workout, it is important to warm up and stretch before beginning your work to help prevent injuries. It is also important to get good rest, stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods.
Before you begin, keep in mind that I am not a strength and conditioning coach, a trained exercise physiologist, or certified trainer. Begin this program at your own risk. The exercises listed here are only suggestions, not requirements from your coach. However, if you do them properly, using good form, and stop if you notice pain or discomfort you should prevent injury to yourself. If you do experience an injury, be sure to see a doctor. Be safe and listen to your body.
- Wide grip, overhand pull-ups
- Seated Row
- Bench Press w/bar
- Incline Press w/bar
- Military Press w/bar
- Peck Deck/Flys
- Russian Twist w/ heavy ball
- Leg Raises
- Leg Extensions
- Side Lunges
- Back Lunges
- Bench Press w/dumbbell
- Incline Press w/dumbbell
- Military Press w/dumbbell
- Air Bicycle
- Tricep Extension
- Side Plank
- Pushups (Swiss ball pushups for more advanced work)
- Calf Raises
- Hammer Curl
- Front Raise
- Lateral Raise
- Shoulder Shrugs
- Box Jumps
- Wall Sits
All exercises should be done in three sets of 10-15 repetitions each. Go light most days, intermixing a day or two per week of heavier weights.
In addition to weightlifting, it is very important to increase your cardio fitness. Water Polo is a game that demands endurance coupled with quickness. The ability to react quickly and maintain a high level of physical output is key to being successful.
Finish (and/or start) each day with cardio work. Run, bike or swim to build endurance. Intermix distance with sprints. Run stairs. Play basketball, racquetball, soccer, tennis or any other sport that keeps your heart rate moving.
More important than anything else… Swim! Try to put in 3000-5000 yards per day mixing sprints and distance. Spend time each day perfecting and strengthening your eggbeater. Eggbeater using weighted belts, holding your hands over your head, keeping your elbows dry, keeping your belly button dry… you get the picture.
Stay healthy and safe!
South Kitsap School District Athletics Mission
The coaches and advisors of all activities must assume a major role in the development of the youth under their charge. Their mission is to develop leaders, foster cooperation, and personally model outstanding sportsmanship for emulation by students engaged in activities.
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