These players are typically as young as 5, up to around 8, and play on a 1m (3’) floor. The fundamentals being taught at this level are Water Polo Swimming, introduction to Eggbeater, (1-Hand) Passing and Shooting, and the basic positional concepts of Offense and Defense. This program focuses on the “Play to Learn” model, and therefore has a 75/25 target towards game experience rather than skill repetition. Concepts in the game itself are adapted to encourage specific skills being targeted for that session, and team- focused play.
These are players, up to age 13, who are able to manage in deep water for 15-20 minutes, and are successful with the majority of the fundamental skills. Most of the practice, including warm ups and most skill development, take place in 1.35m (4’) depth. Belt floaters are acceptable for additional help if needed. This level typically works on a 50/50 split between game and skills, with a greater focus on understanding concepts instead of pure repetition. This makes for a more engaging session with teamwork being the ultimate goal.