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Game Winning Strategies for Special Situations

with James Graham,
University of Pacific Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach,
2013 Men's National Coach of the Year; 2013 National Runners-Up (men), Head of Water Polo Analytics Group

What happens when you don't have a full complement of players in the field or when you're down by one with only a few seconds left? James Graham addresses these special situations and more. He presents ideas on how to utilize your team's strengths in designing plays, keep all your players moving in the field, and design plays that address time constraints.

Time Management

Take control of the clock by incorporating time in the design of your plays. Graham shows you how to create scoring opportunities using less than 10 seconds of clock, allowing you to get one more play in to retake the lead.

Prevent your opponent from scoring with a few seconds left on the clock. With a steady press and a quick steal, put the ball in a position that eats up time to get the ball and prevents the goalie from putting it right back into play.

Special Situations

Preparing athletes for all situations is essential for success when it comes to game time. Graham shows a simple 5v5 setup in which movement can be cycled on alternating sides to create continuous scoring opportunities.

Explore over 10 different situations of score or player deficit while maintaining awareness of the time left on the clock. Each detailed explanation is followed by multiple demonstrations in the water. Plays include:

  • After Goal Play with less than 15 seconds left
  • After Goal Play with less than 10 seconds left
  • Down by 1 with less than 10 seconds left without any timeouts
  • 2-for-1 (Down by 1 late in the game)
  • Defend Direct with Less than 5 Seconds Left
  • Run Out the clock vs Goalie Press
  • 5v5 Motion (double exclusion from the game)

Designing Your Own Plays

With clear plans on the white board and demonstrations in the water, Graham gives you insights into how he plans his plays. No need to reinvent the wheel, but you can custom tailor these plays to fit your team's strengths to be successful down the road.

This video is a must-have to better plan for unequal numbers and limited time so your team is better prepared when the situations arise!

50 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Becoming a Champion Water Polo Goalie: Game Skills & Strategies
with Sean Nolan,
US Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach;
2000 Olympian, former Cal Berkley Assistant Coach

Passing

Being able to pass fast and accurately is a necessity for goalkeepers, so your team can get out and counter attack in transition. Coach Nolan gives you a passing checklist full of coaching tips and strategies that create correct passing fundamentals. He presents drills that focus on the technical skills of the pass and making correct reads.

Communication

Train your goalies to be better leaders in the water through communication. Coach Nolan covers communication skills, tone, strategies and more to be the leader on defense your team needs for success.

Game Situations

Besides being the last line of defense, a goalie has the best view of game situations. Coach Nolan discusses the importance of a goalie's communication with teammates and how they can be a leader on defense using positive and constructive communication.

You will see five examples that give goalies the tools they need to stop the most common game shots. From one on goalies to penalty shots, these "tricks" will help reduce the probability of an "easy" goal for your opponents.

Mental Game

The goalie's mental and emotional state should be consistent to keep them from going down a spiral of discouragement. Sharing the blame, being confident and positive, and being able to brush off mistakes while learning from them will keep a goalie's head in the game and help them stay prepared for the next shot to come.

Coach Nolan covers nearly every aspect of the goalkeeper position in this information-packed video. This is a great resource for coaches and goalies of all levels.

69 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Becoming a Champion Water Polo Goalie: Technique & Training Drills
with Sean Nolan,
US Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach;
2000 Olympian, former Cal Berkley Assistant Coach

Former Olympian and current U.S. Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach, Sean Nolan, presents a series of drills designed to help goalies stop more shots. Every aspect of goalkeeping is covered as Coach Nolan shows off the exercises he uses to build championship goalies.

Warm-Up and Positioning

Coach Nolan starts with a great hand-eye coordination warm-up for goalies that prepares them mentally for a game or practice. These two drills use various sizes and numbers of balls to help train a goalie's mind and reaction time.

Next, you'll be shown a slide show discussing the importance of a goalie's positioning within the triangle. By "Living in the Triangle," goalkeepers can reduce unnecessary movement and force shooters to take shots that goalies are already prepared to block.

Living in the Triangle

Train your goalies to become master of the angles between the posts. In this PowerPoint "cheat sheet," Coach Nolan gives you coaching tips and strategies to help train your goalies to find the correct position within the goal, taking away as many shooting angles as possible, while giving up a little to the left and right. You'll discover basic principles and red zone strategies.

Goalie Drills

Coach Nolan demonstrates over 15 drills that work on keeping the goalie in correct base position, keeping their hands light and ready to cover all corners of the goal, and being ready for unexpected situations. Primarily working on keeping proper balance, these drills will test your goalie's reaction and show if they are truly in good position.

You will also learn more hand-eye coordination drills based in the water. In these exercises, goalies work on being light in the water and using quick reflexes to pass and block multiple shots on goal. Coach Nolan also covers drills to help goalies react to various shots and challenge themselves by baiting shooters into certain shots.

Test Sets

Coach Nolan runs through a few quick drills to show how the goalie is improving without looking at stats of blocks, saves and goals allowed. He encourages the use of film to help the athlete visually understand where they can improve and how they are progressing.

This video contains some of the best techniques and drills for water polo goalies that are effective at any level.

80 minutes. 2016.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Becoming a Champion Water Polo Goalie 2-Pack
WPD-04912A: with Sean Nolan,
US Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach;
2000 Olympian, former Cal Berkley Assistant Coach

Former Olympian and current U.S. Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach, Sean Nolan, presents a series of drills designed to help goalies stop more shots. Every aspect of goalkeeping is covered as Coach Nolan shows off the exercises he uses to build championship goalies.

Warm-Up and Positioning

Coach Nolan starts with a great hand-eye coordination warm-up for goalies that prepares them mentally for a game or practice. These two drills use various sizes and numbers of balls to help train a goalie's mind and reaction time.

Next, you'll be shown a slide show discussing the importance of a goalie's positioning within the triangle. By "Living in the Triangle," goalkeepers can reduce unnecessary movement and force shooters to take shots that goalies are already prepared to block.

Living in the Triangle

Train your goalies to become master of the angles between the posts. In this PowerPoint "cheat sheet," Coach Nolan gives you coaching tips and strategies to help train your goalies to find the correct position within the goal, taking away as many shooting angles as possible, while giving up a little to the left and right. You'll discover basic principles and red zone strategies.

Goalie Drills

Coach Nolan demonstrates over 15 drills that work on keeping the goalie in correct base position, keeping their hands light and ready to cover all corners of the goal, and being ready for unexpected situations. Primarily working on keeping proper balance, these drills will test your goalie's reaction and show if they are truly in good position.

You will also learn more hand-eye coordination drills based in the water. In these exercises, goalies work on being light in the water and using quick reflexes to pass and block multiple shots on goal. Coach Nolan also covers drills to help goalies react to various shots and challenge themselves by baiting shooters into certain shots.

Test Sets

Coach Nolan runs through a few quick drills to show how the goalie is improving without looking at stats of blocks, saves and goals allowed. He encourages the use of film to help the athlete visually understand where they can improve and how they are progressing.

This video contains some of the best techniques and drills for water polo goalies that are effective at any level.

80 minutes. 2016.



WPD-04912B: with Sean Nolan,
US Olympic Development Program National Goalkeeper Coach;
2000 Olympian, former Cal Berkley Assistant Coach

Passing

Being able to pass fast and accurately is a necessity for goalkeepers, so your team can get out and counter attack in transition. Coach Nolan gives you a passing checklist full of coaching tips and strategies that create correct passing fundamentals. He presents drills that focus on the technical skills of the pass and making correct reads.

Communication

Train your goalies to be better leaders in the water through communication. Coach Nolan covers communication skills, tone, strategies and more to be the leader on defense your team needs for success.

Game Situations

Besides being the last line of defense, a goalie has the best view of game situations. Coach Nolan discusses the importance of a goalie's communication with teammates and how they can be a leader on defense using positive and constructive communication.

You will see five examples that give goalies the tools they need to stop the most common game shots. From one on goalies to penalty shots, these "tricks" will help reduce the probability of an "easy" goal for your opponents.

Mental Game

The goalie's mental and emotional state should be consistent to keep them from going down a spiral of discouragement. Sharing the blame, being confident and positive, and being able to brush off mistakes while learning from them will keep a goalie's head in the game and help them stay prepared for the next shot to come.

Coach Nolan covers nearly every aspect of the goalkeeper position in this information-packed video. This is a great resource for coaches and goalies of all levels.

69 minutes. 2016.



DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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James Graham's Coaching Water Polo 2-Pack
WPD-04833A: with James Graham,
University of Pacific Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach,
2013 Men's National Coach of the Year; 2013 National Runners-Up (men), Head of Water Polo Analytics Group

Zone defense is an excellent way to defend against quick opponents. National Coach of the Year (2013) James Graham shows how his team uses various drills and strategies to slow and limit an opposing offense's chances by using a zone defense.

Drills
To implement the skills needed for an effective zone defense, Coach Graham demonstrates five drifting drills that improve leg strength and correct defensive body position. Adopting these drills will improve the speed and reaction time of your players on defense and disrupt the flow of the opponent's offense by quickly switching from a zone to applying pressure. Also included is a shot blocking drill that will teach players to keep proper form as they attempt to field-block shots on goal.

If you have a strong center defender on your team, you can force an offense into taking poor outside shots. Coach Graham shows three drills that will keep your center defender in proper position for denying, disrupting or stealing the ball from the center.

You'll also learn a drill focused on defending the drive that will teach players to keep the driver off balance while continuing to protect the goal and deflect passes.

Strategy
Coach Graham highlights a critical aspect of zone defense: drive help. With white board discussion and in-pool demonstration, he shows how double teaming and switching out of the zone can stop drivers from getting open to shoot. You will also learn how to defend double post situations in the zone. If teammates help each other while defending, it makes everyone's job easier.

Staying in the pool, Coach Graham covers tips and strategies for blocking a line shot. You'll learn how a zone defense can stop a strong shot from a player further from the goal. By being in the correct position, a defender can deny the pass into the center and field-block a shot on goal while remaining in the zone defense.

In the final section of the video, Coach Graham shows how a zone defense works in typical game situations. Switching, helping and proper defensive positioning may not stop an opponent, but it will slow and disrupt their flow to keep you in a game.

This video will aid beginning players and advanced players by teaching proper technique for the zone defense, which is a great strategy for any team looking to slow down an opponent's offense.

64 minutes. 2015.



WPD-04833B: with James Graham,
University of Pacific Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach,
2013 Men's National Coach of the Year; 2013 National Runners-Up (men), Head of Water Polo Analytics Group

Picks and screens are a great way to create movement on offense and free up players for high percentage goal scoring opportunities. Coach James Graham shows how to implement these picks correctly and in a variety of ways for any game situation.

From rule interpretations to drills and plays, Coach Graham gives you everything you need to create quick and easy scoring opportunities in the front court.

Pick Rules
Many rules in water polo are up for interpretation by the officiating crew, and picks are no exception. With four key guidelines, Coach Graham teaches you how you can use picks legally in during a game.

Pick Drills
Discover a series of drills that will teach you how and when to use vertical picks and horizontal picks to free up players on offense. You'll also learn how to run a pick and roll, which involves setting a screen on the defender guarding the ball. Also included is Coach Graham's philosophy on running picks while the defense is dropped off in a zone. You'll see how to set up the defense by driving and picking off an opponent with either a 32 or 23 pick. These drills are designed to help your players learn the best cuts and pick angles during practice so they can execute them correctly in games.

Types of Picks
A great way to get a player open is by creating opportunities in transition with the counter pick. By learning to use a screen on the counter attack, you will be able to free up players even when switching from a dropped, zone defense.

Another effective move shown is the cross screen, which uses a teammate to create an opening by crossing two drivers. Cross screens are great for creating movement and keeping your offense from becoming stagnant.

Coach Graham also takes you through two differing drives to show how to set screens using the center or post position. With a wrap drive or reverse, your offense will get an opportunity to score or an easy pass inside to the center.

You'll find many ways to use the picks and screens presented in this video to better your team's offense. If executed correctly, the techniques presented by Coach Graham can be used at all levels to enhance the play of any team seeking a championship.

63 minutes. 2015.



DVD
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