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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Team Sports family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate the basic fundamentals of the game of water polo.
  • A student will be able to perform with an increasing degree of proficiency the offensive and defensive skills of water polo.
Description -
Basic water polo skills and techniques including ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting & blocking. Includes an introduction to the rules of the game as well as basic tactical strategies for offense and defense.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in basic individual water polo skills
    1. Ball handling
    2. Dribbling
    3. Passing
    4. Blocking
    5. Shooting
  2. Participate in organized drills necessary for skill development
  3. Engage in conditioning and stretching exercises as they relate to beginning level water polo
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules, scoring and etiquette for match play
  5. Participate in water polo class competitions
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Access to pool

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Water Polo Basic Skills and Proficiency
    1. Ball Handling
      1. Introduce techniques and define rules
      2. Use drill work to develop dexterity and strength
      3. Incorporate the egg-beater kick to develop proper body position
    2. Dribbling
      1. Refine all elements of head up freestyle
      2. Develop ability to transition from horizontal to vertical body positioning
      3. Use drill work to develop speed and ball handling
    3. Passing
      1. Introduce techniques and define rules
      2. Use drill work to develop
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Writing assignments
  2. Skill Demonstration
  3. Journal entries
  4. Quizzes 1-4
Representative Text(s) -
Nitzkowski, Monte. Water Polo: Learning and Teaching the Basics. Huntington Beach, CA.: Water Polo Consulting Service, 2008. Print.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Laboratory
  3. Demonstration
  4. Discussion
  5. Cooperative Learning Exercises
Lab Content -
Water Polo Basic Skills and Proficiency
A. Ball Handling
B. Dribbling
C. Passing

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor