Tips for the Fan
Like any sport, water polo is confusing to watch
if you never played it yourself. As a former water
polo player and coach, I know that there is not
a good general understanding of the sport by family
members of players, or other fans. Here are a
few things you can do to learn more about the
1. Read about the game. Here
are a few sites you should visit to learn more
about the game:
Guide to Water Polo: Pappas' guides are a
great resource for the fan!
Good wiki community writeup on the sport
SportSpectator Fan's Guide
to Water Polo: Our 10-minute guide to the
Water Polo's Kid Zone: I know it sounds funny,
but this is a decent place to learn.
2. Watch a game with a player
(current or former). At a tournament, there is
plenty of time to watch games with coaches or
players. Watch a competitor's game while you have
a break. Also, at high school games, there are
usually multiple levels (frosh soph, j.v., varsity)
that play on the same day. Come early or stay
late and watch the game with someone who can answer
3. Watch a televised game.
Watching a game with the professional commentators
will help you pick up the lingo. Olympic games
only occer every 4 years, but you may be able
to find an archive tape. Additionally, the men's
and women's national championship games are televised
on CSTV each year.
4. Ask questions. If you have
a question, don't be afraid to ask. Good resources
are coaches or players. You can ask them in person,
or try an online
forum, or contact
us and we'll try to help you out.