Girls Water Polo
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- A Word From Coach Fogel
- SKHS Water Polo – Team Expectations
Boys and Girls Water Polo Athletes, there will be a pre-season team meeting with all interested players and their families on Monday, April 19th at 5:30 PM. Attendance is highly encouraged for anyone interested in playing the world’s best sport.
Zoom ID: 568-613-7770 Password: SKHSWAPO
Season begins May 3!!
You will find that water polo is a fun game to learn, but it requires strength, speed, endurance, toughness, and comfort in the water… all of which we can develop together. But, before our season begins each of you should spend as much time as possible getting in good swimming shape, focusing on endurance interspersed with sprints. Lap swimming is best, but weight training and dry work outs are great, too. I will list some simple exercise routines that you can follow at the bottom of this page, but most important is time in the pool.
It will also be helpful to have some basic understanding of the game before we begin. I have listed several Youtube videos that provide good, basic instruction. Take some time and study up on the game. I also encourage each of you, if possible, to join a local club and get game ready before we begin. Narrows Aquatics in Gig Harbor usually begins in November. For more info contact Mike Kelley at email@example.com
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iifq9eF848U – eggbeater kick
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jsw7ttrbng - basics
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW3NXsYWaVo – defense
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugbmYT_UH4s – tips
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aOoCJMD4sg – pressure passing
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVcjTGNZDQ0 – fouls
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZgjHENzRo8 – turnovers and ejections
Pool Exercise Suggestions:
- 300-500 easy warm up
- 2 minutes treading water, eggbeater, no hands
- 4 – 200 IM
- 4 – 100 Free, third length sprint, after each 100 do 10-20 pushups on the pool deck
- 4 – 50 1st lap breaststroke, 2nd lap free sprint
- 200 easy swim
- 2 minutes treading water, eggbeater, no hands
- 300-500 cool down
Weightlifting and/or Dry Land Exercise Suggestions:
- Lower body and core - 3 sets of 20 reps for each exercise… squats, lunges, leg presses, leg curls, planks, burpee’s
- Run - distance runs mixed with sprints, stair climbs
- Upper body and core - 3 sets of 20 reps for each exercise… curls, lap pulls, flys, tricep extensions, push-ups, pull-ups, sit ups/crunches
- Focus on good form and high reps rather than heavier weights. Go light and lift safely!
Let’s have fun and have a great season,
360-874-6164 (at MWJH)
Note from Coach Fogel:
Water Polo Athletes and Families,
Long time no see, I hope you are all well. Its been nearly 11 months since we had to shut down girls water polo and I’m glad to finally be able to get some positive news out to you all. The best news is that for those who feel comfortable coming back it looks like we will be able to have a season this year! Let that good news sink in and enjoy it for a minute before reading through the rest of the information below.
OK, here are the details that I know for now, but please keep in mind that everything is in flux and can change at any time. Please read it all carefully:
- First and foremost, all COVID protocols will be followed. Details will be provided later as they may change as Kitsap County Phase’s change over time.
- Girls and Boys water polo will both be in action at the same time.
- Water Polo will play during season 3 which will begin May 10 and go until June 17.
- There will be a max of 13 games total allowed per team. Games may begin May 15.
- Most, if not all games will be scheduled on the same date. For example, Boys Varsity plays GH at 4PM @SKHS and then Girls Varsity will play GH at 5:30PM @SKHS
- A total of 5 practices are required to be eligible for game play.
- Teams will play in regional rather than divisional games to limit travel.
- Academic eligibility is still a necessity. See SK Athletics page for more details.
- All forms, fee’s, permissions will still be required prior to participation… get your physicals and pink slips early, pay your fines, get your grades up, etc.
- Boys swim is also currently scheduled for season 3. That, combined with a shared boys and girls polo season, will make scheduling for pool time interesting. Be prepared for staggered practice times, including early morning, late night, and/or weekend practices and games.
- Boys participating in swim will also be allowed to participate in water polo. How that will work I have no idea at this time. We’ll work it out.
Other details that I think will be in place but don’t know for sure are as follows:
- I plan on coaching both boys and girls teams, hopefully Coach Frank will as well. This won’t be easy or ideal so athletes will need to listen carefully, act quickly, be prompt, organized and attentive. We won’t have the time or ability to lose focus. That sounds less fun that what we’ve experienced in the past, and it may be, but we will make the best of what we have.
- Because of the shortened and combined boys/girls season it will be imperative that all players be properly conditioned prior to May 10. I will conduct some pre-season conditioning but that will not be sufficient. If you want to play, get yourself into playing condition. Workouts are currently and have always been available on the SKHS team website. I will be happy to provide conditioning suggestions as well.
- COVID protocols will require attestations and temperature checks. How that will be worked out for polo is yet to be determined.
- Locker rooms will likely not be available for anything other than toilet use and hand washing. This means athletes will need to arrive at the pool suited and ready to go. I recommend investing in a bathrobe or swim warmups.
- As usual, the league will only schedule varsity contests, leaving JV games up to coaches to schedule. However, it is possible many teams, including ours, will not have the time or space available to accommodate JV play. I hope to be able to have JV as it gives opportunity for more athletes to participate, and it is our only way to develop players, but it may not be possible this year.
- With the teams participating at one time, plus the limits on time and space, it may be necessary to implement player cuts this year. I hope not. My philosophy is to give every athlete the opportunity to participate, but circumstances may mean that I have no choice this year.
Obviously, this information is not complete, and many questions will come up and likely remain unanswered for some time. Feel free to send me your questions and I will answer as best I can. For now, the plan is to begin preparing for a short, intense season with lots of rules and restrictions. But, we get to play!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
SK Athletics - (360) 874-5731