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    by John Tanner, Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach, and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    This 4 video series is a comprehensive guide to coaching Water Polo. John Tanner combines his years of experience in the sport as a highly successful player and coach to deliver the most in depth coaching series available!

    John Tanner is in his 12th season as of the Stanford women's water polo program. An experienced and enthusiastic coach, Tanner took on the fledgling program and has turned it into a competitive force year-in and year-out. Under Tanner's guidance, the Cardinal have finished no worse than 3rd in the NCAA in all 11 years as coach - including a National Championship in 2002. That also includes four MPSF Conference titles and five conference coach of the year awards. A former Stanford water polo All-American himself, Tanner returned to his alma mater with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from years of coaching at the high school, collegiate, and international level. Tanner has been involved with United States Water Polo in various aspects from 1988 to the present. He was the assistant coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, which placed sixth at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Tanner also has coached at the High School level.


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  • 10/25/14--22:00: Team Tactics for Water Polo
  • with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    John Tanner offers a comprehensive guide to Water Polo Team Tactics. Utilizing marker board diagrams with explanations that include reasons and philosophies, Coach Tanner divides Team Tactics strategies into six essential parts. Part 1; Front Court Defense includes Press Defense, Help Defense, Drop Defense, M-Zone Defense. Part 2; Counterattack Offense includes, Right Side Release and Front Court Counterattack. Part 3; Front Court Offense includes Drive, Picks, Attacking a Drop Defense, and Attacking a 2-4 Split. In Part 4; Counterattack Defense, Tanner shares strategies for transition to defense, identifying match ups, pressing to slow down the offense, and taking away the ball side. In Part 5; 5 On 6, Coach Tanner covers Knockdown Defense, and Shot Blocking Defense Part 6; 6 on 5 tactics include the 4-2 and 3-3 attack. Tanner's philosophy on team tactics is to strive for aggressive movement with the expectation of involving every player on the team.

    53 minutes. 2004.


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    with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    Coach John Tanner breaks down Defensive Skills for Water Polo into 4 parts.

    • Part 1: Movement, Tanner teaches and explains the basics for defensive movement in the water. He discusses vertical and horizontal movement strategies and techniques and includes detailed breakdowns of the kicking and sculling techniques and variations and also details the components of reversals.
    • Part 2: Perimeter Defense, details positional strategies for steals, shot blocking, and defending release and drive moves by the offense.
    • Part 3: Two-Meter Defense, Tanner covers fronting, reverse spins, shifting behind, clearing, shot blocking and helping on perimeter shots.
    • Part 4: Tanner details the position of goal keeping and breaks down techniques base position, with lateral movement techniques. Tanner also shares drills for base position jabbing for inside shots; drills and positioning for perimeter shots and lunging; drills for combining both inside and perimeter shots.
    Coach Tanner's methodology is enhanced with in-the-water demonstrations and includes both above and underwater footage.

    39 minutes. 2004.


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  • 10/25/14--22:00: Coaching Water Polo
  • with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    In this instructional water polo DVD, John Tanner offers a six Part "nuts and bolts" marker board breakdown of coaching Water Polo. Part 1; Basic Fundamentals breaks down movement through the water, ball handling, offensive skills, and defensive skills. Part 2; Playing Systems details numbering system, front court defense strategies and tactics, front court offense, driving offense, ejection strategies including 6-on-5 and 5-on-6, and counterattack options and strategies. In Part 3; Seasonal Planning, Tanner breaks down seasonal phases offering specific details for what to emphasize in each seasonal phase. Part 4; Practice Planning, Tanner shares his outline for the necessary components of a practice. Part 5; Game Day Planning, Coach Tanner breaks down the pre-game meeting, reviewing player roles and expectations, and post game meetings. In Part 6; How to Coach, Tanner shares his philosophies and experience of the necessary components of teaching and coaching the sport of Water Polo.

    50 minutes. 2004.


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    with Kirk Everist,
    University of California, Berkeley Head Men's Coach,
    '06 & '07 NCAA Champions;
    as a player - 3x All-American, NCAA Player of the Year ('88) and 2x US Olympian, Cal Athletic Hall of Fame ('04) and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame ('04)

    A key to success in any team sport is to develop a sense and feel for game tactics. In this classroom presentation, Kirk Everist shares with you a sequential breakdown of tactical strategies that he has successfully implemented to guide his Cal Bears to back-to-back NCAA titles. In Part 1, Offensive Tactics, Coach Everist presents a five-segment break down. 1) Counter Attack Offense, 2) Frontcourt/Half court Offense 3) Press Offense Individual skills, 4) Offense vs. Zone Defense, 5) 6 on 5. Part 2) Defensive Tactics, offers a five-segment breakdown that includes 1) Counter Attack Defense, 2) Front court/Half court Defense, 3) Frontcourt Pressure Defense, 4) Frontcourt Zone Defense, and 5) 6 on 5 Defense. In each segment, Everist shares detailed keys to success with strategies to enhance successful play for both individual and team play. Also included as a separate chapter is Part 3, Water Polo Basic Movement Skills in which Coach Everist shares 8 different drills (both in and out of water) including: hand transfer drills, swimming with ball drills, vision quickness drills and wrist drill. This presentation serves to educate and motivate the player, coach or team looking to raise their game to the championship level!

    100 minutes. 2008.


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    with Kirk Everist,
    University of California, Berkeley Head Men's Coach,
    '06 & '07 NCAA Champions;
    as a player - 3x All-American, NCAA Player of the Year ('88) and 2x US Olympian, Cal Athletic Hall of Fame ('04) and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame ('04)

    In Part 1: 2 Meter Defense Skills Kirk Everist begins with a skill set explanation of the 2-meter defensive position. Coach Everist feels that the 2-meter defense position is the most important to a team in that it dictates the defensive set for the frontcourt defense. Everist offers a "what you need to know" lesson for the position followed by the position job description and a thorough explanation for the base position for 2 meter defensive play. Everist next explains 2 meter skills and skill strategies followed by an in the pool demonstration of base position and basic position skills. Next, Everist details 2-meter defensive skills in a dryland walk through followed by an in-the-pool segment demonstrating nine drills for siding and fronting for 2-meter defense. In Part 2) Drive/Perimeter Defense Skills, Everist details "what you need to know," job description, and position and positioning strategies for effective Drive, Zone, and Pressure Defense. He follows with an extensive skill & drill walk through for drive, zone, and pressure defense followed by in the pool demonstrations of the skills and drills. Part 3) Water Polo Basic Movement Skills: included as a separate chapter; Coach Everist shares 8 different drills (both in and out of water) including: hand transfer drills, swimming with ball drills, vision quickness drills and wrist drill. Along with Everist's exceptional teaching, you will also benefit greatly from demonstration from Everist's players that will help you perfect your defensive play!

    51 minutes. 2008.


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    with Kirk Everist,
    University of California, Berkeley Head Men's Coach,
    '06 & '07 NCAA Champions;
    as a player - 3x All-American, NCAA Player of the Year ('88) and 2x US Olympian, Cal Athletic Hall of Fame ('04) and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame ('04)

    Coach Kirk Everist begins this five-part instructional water polo DVD with Passing including: Passing Base Position, Warm up Basic Drills, Balancing and Rebounding Drills, and Release Point Drills. Part 2) Shooting includes Shooting Base position, Frontcourt Shooting Skills, Stagnant/Basic Shooting Drills, Sliding Shooting Drills, Shooting vs. Throwing Drills, Driver/ Movement Shooting Drills, Inside water Shooting Skills & Drills. Part 3) 2 Meter Offense includes Base Position, Positioning Drills, Shooting/Passing Basics, Specific Shot instruction, and Shooting drills. Part 4) Driver Skills and Drills includes Position Specific Skills and Driver Drills. In each of the above segments, Everist shares classroom instruction for the technical aspects including skill set requirements, a complete drill walk-through followed by in water drill demonstrations with narration. Part 5) Water Polo Basic Movement Skills: is included as a separate chapter. Coach Everist shares 8 different drills (both in and out of water) including: hand transfer drills, swimming with ball drills, vision quickness drills and wrist drills. Between the instructional nuances that Coach Everist shares, along with expert demonstration from his players, this comprehensive guide to offense is certain to help you take your offense to another level!

    127 minutes. 2008.


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    with Kirk Everist,
    University of California, Berkeley Head Men's Coach,
    '06 & '07 NCAA Champions;
    as a player - 3x All-American, NCAA Player of the Year ('88) and 2x US Olympian, Cal Athletic Hall of Fame ('04) and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame ('04)

    This extraordinary 3-DVD series has been created specifically for water polo players - by Kirk Everist - the former 3x All-American, a 2x NCAA Champion and 2x Olympian - and now the coach of the back-to-back NCAA Champion Cal Bears. This wonderful resource clearly details how a player can improve in all aspects of the sport. This series is also an excellent addition to any coach's library, as it provides an excellent resource to review with a player or the entire team!


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    with Sean Nolan,
    Cal Assistant Men's Water Polo Coach,
    Olympic Development Program Director for Goalkeepers, 2000 Olympic team member

    Become a brick wall in goal using these technique and drill progressions from goalie guru and 2000 Olympian Sean Nolan! Learn more than 15 drills to develop the skills you need to cover every inch of the cage.

    Building the Base - Prepare to stop any shot by building a solid base position! Coach Nolan provides a three drill progression for creating a powerful egg beater kick. Building on the egg beater technique, Nolan introduces techniques and drills for moving side-to-side and forward and back using only the legs keeping the hands free and ready to block shots.

    Nolan includes a key stretch to assist with injury prevention, flexibility and mobility in your legs.

    He also demonstrates game-like reaction drills teach the goalie how to maintain a great base position and how to read and react to the opponent.

    Movements - Improve your ability to handle a counter attack and to adjust quickly to cross passes. Nolan delivers detailed instruction on developing an explosive step lunge. He includes keys to effective drifting to help you maintain mobility in the goal.

    Nolan includes drills to train transition from off balance to in balance with an emphasis on leading with the lower body to recover from awkward situations. He trains his goalies to take big steps with the legs - the key to successful movement and body control. This movement is trained with both hands in and hands out and focuses on pulling from the inner thigh to initiate movement.

    Throughout these drill sequences, Nolan demonstrates many common errors associated with each skill set and how to correct each.

    Stepping - Learn a three-drill sequence that is effective for training the legs to drive the goalie into the correct blocking position and developing a quick recovery after a step lunge.

    Blocking - This segment includes blocking strategies focusing on hand readiness, the lunge, head to the ball position, and learning when to go with one or two hands. Nolan utilizes lane line shooting drills from a variety of positions to train the goalie on which area of the cage to cover based on the angle of the shot. These drills train the goalie to position themselves correctly "within the triangle". The goalie also gains a sense where they are in relation to the goal in situations where they cannot turn and see it.

    Nolan's movement drills help train goalies to constantly adjust as the ball moves around the perimeter and how to handle playing out of the goal. Nolan gets specific with goalie positioning at various shot positions. In each position, Nolan discusses specific hand and body positioning for ideal defending.

    As a bonus, Nolan presents a Putting it All Together segment that serves as a comprehensive review of the skills and strategies presented. Nolan narrates this review through a PowerPoint presentation, and includes additional nuances for becoming a champion water polo goalie.

    This comprehensive guide is sure to assist you and your team in stopping more shots!

    92 minutes. 2011.


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    with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    Here's a DVD for novice and veteran coaches alike. Beginners will learn how design well-rounded, results-driven practice sessions while seasoned coaches will gain new insights into developing stronger, more competitive prep athletes.

    Using a no-nonsense lecture format and live drill demonstrations, legendary water polo coach Don Stoll, shares techniques for conditioning athletes, fostering camaraderie and creating a competitive spirit. There's a deliberate emphasis on having fun, which Stoll believes generates creativity and keeps athletes motivated through this intense boot camp experience .

    Stoll breaks down his two-week boot camp on a marker board, giving you an opportunity to see how two-a-day practices are most effectively organized. Practice sessions begin with intense conditioning work followed by a team challenge.

    Some of the challenges are familiar like Stoll's version of musical chairs while others are out-of-the box tactics developed over his incredible, successful 40-year career. A few of the challenges like the "tire flip" are based on "strong man competitions" while others like the underwater relay are adapted from movie stunts. Some are agility drills disguised as pure fun like the team egg toss.

    Stoll's easy-to-follow advice and drills will help you develop teams that actually look forward to practice sessions.

    36 minutes. 2011.


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    with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    In the follow-up to his incredible boot camp DVD, coaching great Don Stoll shares 60 drills and variations to ramp up your training plans for both the pre-season and the competitive season.

    Stoll, who has coached his water polo teams to an incredible seven state championships, emphasizes preparedness in conditioning, passing and shooting abilities. He shares strategies for evaluating the 6-on-5 offense and 6-on-5 defense, which he believes are the keys to successful league play.

    Using a classroom lecture format, Stoll breaks down practice sessions by days of the week and times of the day, showing how alternating conditioning work with drills builds tougher, more resilient athletes. He also includes a tapering scheme for the championship phase of the season.

    The second-half of the DVD is spent at the pool where live demonstrators are used to show 60 different team drills. In addition to three- and four-drop drills, Stoll walks through three- and seven-man triangle passing drills and a full complement of maneuvers. Interspersed with detailed instructions are coaching insights gleaned from Stoll's amazing 40-year career.

    Whether you're a novice or a veteran coach, this library of drills will serve as an invaluable resource as you plan your practices.

    68 minutes. 2011.


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    with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    Legendary water polo coach Don Stoll shares his off-season program for skill development, strength training, and conditioning with an emphasis on individual drills and play development.

    Stoll begins his presentation in the classroom where, backed by detailed whiteboard notes, he looks first at skill development and then at the competitive phase of the summer season.

    During the first phase, Stoll puts his athletes through drill-based double workouts with no specific conditioning goals. He then outlines a strength-training program that focuses on heavy weights, stamina tests and strength tests. Consistent with every phase of his program, Stoll explains the importance of developing both a sense of fun and competition to keep young athletes motivated.

    Stoll moves from the classroom to the pool where he teaches and coaches 18 different passing drills and 17 shooting drills. Gain insight into this successful coaching methodology and see first-hand how Stoll builds championship teams season after season.

    This DVD is the perfect complement to Stoll's instructional videos for boot camps and league play.

    Learn from the best with these tips, techniques and strategies from one of the top prep coaches in the nation.

    50 minutes. 2011.


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    WPD-03878A: with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    Here's a DVD for novice and veteran coaches alike. Beginners will learn how design well-rounded, results-driven practice sessions while seasoned coaches will gain new insights into developing stronger, more competitive prep athletes.

    Using a no-nonsense lecture format and live drill demonstrations, legendary water polo coach Don Stoll, shares techniques for conditioning athletes, fostering camaraderie and creating a competitive spirit. There's a deliberate emphasis on having fun, which Stoll believes generates creativity and keeps athletes motivated through this intense boot camp experience .

    Stoll breaks down his two-week boot camp on a marker board, giving you an opportunity to see how two-a-day practices are most effectively organized. Practice sessions begin with intense conditioning work followed by a team challenge.

    Some of the challenges are familiar like Stoll's version of musical chairs while others are out-of-the box tactics developed over his incredible, successful 40-year career. A few of the challenges like the "tire flip" are based on "strong man competitions" while others like the underwater relay are adapted from movie stunts. Some are agility drills disguised as pure fun like the team egg toss.

    Stoll's easy-to-follow advice and drills will help you develop teams that actually look forward to practice sessions.

    36 minutes. 2011.



    WPD-03878B: with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    In the follow-up to his incredible boot camp DVD, coaching great Don Stoll shares 60 drills and variations to ramp up your training plans for both the pre-season and the competitive season.

    Stoll, who has coached his water polo teams to an incredible seven state championships, emphasizes preparedness in conditioning, passing and shooting abilities. He shares strategies for evaluating the 6-on-5 offense and 6-on-5 defense, which he believes are the keys to successful league play.

    Using a classroom lecture format, Stoll breaks down practice sessions by days of the week and times of the day, showing how alternating conditioning work with drills builds tougher, more resilient athletes. He also includes a tapering scheme for the championship phase of the season.

    The second-half of the DVD is spent at the pool where live demonstrators are used to show 60 different team drills. In addition to three- and four-drop drills, Stoll walks through three- and seven-man triangle passing drills and a full complement of maneuvers. Interspersed with detailed instructions are coaching insights gleaned from Stoll's amazing 40-year career.

    Whether you're a novice or a veteran coach, this library of drills will serve as an invaluable resource as you plan your practices.

    68 minutes. 2011.



    WPD-03878C: with Don Stoll,
    Head Coach El Toro CA High School,
    7xState Championships, 12x CIF Coach of the Year

    Legendary water polo coach Don Stoll shares his off-season program for skill development, strength training, and conditioning with an emphasis on individual drills and play development.

    Stoll begins his presentation in the classroom where, backed by detailed whiteboard notes, he looks first at skill development and then at the competitive phase of the summer season.

    During the first phase, Stoll puts his athletes through drill-based double workouts with no specific conditioning goals. He then outlines a strength-training program that focuses on heavy weights, stamina tests and strength tests. Consistent with every phase of his program, Stoll explains the importance of developing both a sense of fun and competition to keep young athletes motivated.

    Stoll moves from the classroom to the pool where he teaches and coaches 18 different passing drills and 17 shooting drills. Gain insight into this successful coaching methodology and see first-hand how Stoll builds championship teams season after season.

    This DVD is the perfect complement to Stoll's instructional videos for boot camps and league play.

    Learn from the best with these tips, techniques and strategies from one of the top prep coaches in the nation.

    50 minutes. 2011.




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    WPD-04021A: with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    Prepare yourself mentally and physically to perform your best and take your game to the next level!

    Two time NCAA Championship Coach John Tanner and three time Olympian and Player of the Decade Brenda Villa, take provide 20 tips on how you can become a World Champion water polo player.

    Using practice footage, Coach Tanner shows you how to get rid of grabbers, create more space, deal with a 2-meter player, make the perfect block, draw the foul, make a quality shot, faking, passing, taking the defender, handle the demands of the game, reversals, quickness and the importance of the hip shift.

    In an interview with Brenda Villa your will learn about her pre-game and post-game routines and how she competes during the game. Learn how to improve your individual skills and make those around you better. With coaching points throughout the DVD, you can improve and perfect your technique.

    71 minutes. 2012.



    WPD-04021B: with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    To best understand the game of water polo, John Tanner believes it is imperative to look at the game with a multi-faceted perspective. This includes seeing the game through the eyes of a referee, coach, and player. The goal of this four-part presentation is to create a clear understanding of the game that benefits players, coaches, and spectators along with sharing insights and strategies.

    Fouls and Whistles
    Unlike other sports where the whistle indicates a game stoppage, in water polo the whistle indicates continuation of the game, and the whistle pattern indicates both the infraction and how to continue play. In the pool, Coach Tanner defines and demonstrates examples of the following fouls: Ordinary, Exclusion, Penalty, and the Offensive Push Off foul. The detailed explanation Tanner provides coupled with player demonstrations of each of these foul situations--including the whistle pattern for each-- provide a very clear understanding of how these rules effect the continuous play of the game. Invaluable information for players, coaches, and spectators!

    Water Polo throughout the World
    Coach Tanner engages 3x Olympian Brenda Villa in an information exchange regarding styles of play throughout the world. Both Tanner and Villa share their experiences with these different styles and what challenges these styles create to both playing in or playing against. Discussion includes the importance of advanced planning at any level to be prepared for teams that offer unique challenges.

    X's and O's of Water Polo
    This segment offers a look at understanding tactics of the game. Tanner and Villa diagram and discuss the offensive and defensive strategies for a variety of systems. Tanner first shares his numbering system and proceeds to look at a variety of front court attack and defend strategies. Tanner and Villa present specifics on how to successfully attack and defend and offer invaluable nuances from their experiences as both a coach and a player.

    Power Plays
    Tanner and Villa again look at tactics and strategies for defending and attacking in power play situations. Villa specifically details strategies for a high school level or lower level team that offers the best offensive and defensive tactics for that level of play along with the pros and cons of various power play strategies.

    58 minutes. 2012.



    WPD-04021C: with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    The fine line between success and failure in sport most often lies in the intangibles and nuances of the game. Stanford and Olympic coach John Tanner, along with 3-time Olympian Brenda Villa, detail a wide range of intangibles both in the water and out for successful water polo.

    Defending & Protecting
    Starting in the water, Coach Tanner begins with the intangible skills of defending and protecting. These skills include guarding without fouling, left-handed and right-handed steal techniques, and fake and steal techniques without impeding.

    Attacking & Driving
    Develop offensive perimeter intangibles that include turn and attack moves and drive moves to gain the advantage on a drive. Tanner provides commentary and coaching insights as Villa demonstrates how to be explosive with the legs to start the drive, including high tempo strokes and the crossover release move. Tanner reviews center vs. defender skills focusing on strong side turn and weak side drop step.

    Passing & Shooting
    This segment highlights the techniques and nuances of the leg and body positions that are most advantageous to successful passing and shooting. Core strength is also discussed as an essential skill for both passing and shooting.

    Practice Design
    Moving out of the water, Tanner provides insight into managing practice giving you tips and strategies to get maximum work in minimum spaces. This segment also includes strategies for how to divide the pool and pool deck for effective mass participation and effectiveness. You'll also learn how to utilize your leaders in a way that assists in practice management.

    Overcoming Your Shortcomings
    Learn how to turn perceived disadvantages into advantages in a variety of common game match-up situations. Both Tanner and Villa feel that finding balance in match preparation is imperative. Understanding your strengths and playing with your strengths while knowing your opponent in their mind offers the best chance for success. Out of the water intangibles that are presented include the importance of commitment; to the sport, to academics, and to your team that all combine to pay lifelong dividends. In a final segment, Injuries and Illness, coping strategies are discussed.

    This unique DVD offers invaluable across the board information into the sport that every player and coach a competitive edge over their opponents.

    68 minutes. 2012 .




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    with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    Prepare yourself mentally and physically to perform your best and take your game to the next level!

    Two time NCAA Championship Coach John Tanner and three time Olympian and Player of the Decade Brenda Villa, take provide 20 tips on how you can become a World Champion water polo player.

    Using practice footage, Coach Tanner shows you how to get rid of grabbers, create more space, deal with a 2-meter player, make the perfect block, draw the foul, make a quality shot, faking, passing, taking the defender, handle the demands of the game, reversals, quickness and the importance of the hip shift.

    In an interview with Brenda Villa your will learn about her pre-game and post-game routines and how she competes during the game. Learn how to improve your individual skills and make those around you better. With coaching points throughout the DVD, you can improve and perfect your technique.

    71 minutes. 2012.


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    with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    The fine line between success and failure in sport most often lies in the intangibles and nuances of the game. Stanford and Olympic coach John Tanner, along with 3-time Olympian Brenda Villa, detail a wide range of intangibles both in the water and out for successful water polo.

    Defending & Protecting
    Starting in the water, Coach Tanner begins with the intangible skills of defending and protecting. These skills include guarding without fouling, left-handed and right-handed steal techniques, and fake and steal techniques without impeding.

    Attacking & Driving
    Develop offensive perimeter intangibles that include turn and attack moves and drive moves to gain the advantage on a drive. Tanner provides commentary and coaching insights as Villa demonstrates how to be explosive with the legs to start the drive, including high tempo strokes and the crossover release move. Tanner reviews center vs. defender skills focusing on strong side turn and weak side drop step.

    Passing & Shooting
    This segment highlights the techniques and nuances of the leg and body positions that are most advantageous to successful passing and shooting. Core strength is also discussed as an essential skill for both passing and shooting.

    Practice Design
    Moving out of the water, Tanner provides insight into managing practice giving you tips and strategies to get maximum work in minimum spaces. This segment also includes strategies for how to divide the pool and pool deck for effective mass participation and effectiveness. You'll also learn how to utilize your leaders in a way that assists in practice management.

    Overcoming Your Shortcomings
    Learn how to turn perceived disadvantages into advantages in a variety of common game match-up situations. Both Tanner and Villa feel that finding balance in match preparation is imperative. Understanding your strengths and playing with your strengths while knowing your opponent in their mind offers the best chance for success. Out of the water intangibles that are presented include the importance of commitment; to the sport, to academics, and to your team that all combine to pay lifelong dividends. In a final segment, Injuries and Illness, coping strategies are discussed.

    This unique DVD offers invaluable across the board information into the sport that every player and coach a competitive edge over their opponents.

    68 minutes. 2012 .


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  • 10/25/14--22:00: Understanding Water Polo
  • with John Tanner,
    Stanford University Head Women's Water Polo Coach,
    2011 & 2002 NCAA Champions;
    and Assistant Coach of Men's 2000 US Olympic Water Polo Team

    and Brenda Villa,
    3x Olympian and NCAA All American, Water Polo Player of the Decade

    To best understand the game of water polo, John Tanner believes it is imperative to look at the game with a multi-faceted perspective. This includes seeing the game through the eyes of a referee, coach, and player. The goal of this four-part presentation is to create a clear understanding of the game that benefits players, coaches, and spectators along with sharing insights and strategies.

    Fouls and Whistles
    Unlike other sports where the whistle indicates a game stoppage, in water polo the whistle indicates continuation of the game, and the whistle pattern indicates both the infraction and how to continue play. In the pool, Coach Tanner defines and demonstrates examples of the following fouls: Ordinary, Exclusion, Penalty, and the Offensive Push Off foul. The detailed explanation Tanner provides coupled with player demonstrations of each of these foul situations--including the whistle pattern for each-- provide a very clear understanding of how these rules effect the continuous play of the game. Invaluable information for players, coaches, and spectators!

    Water Polo throughout the World
    Coach Tanner engages 3x Olympian Brenda Villa in an information exchange regarding styles of play throughout the world. Both Tanner and Villa share their experiences with these different styles and what challenges these styles create to both playing in or playing against. Discussion includes the importance of advanced planning at any level to be prepared for teams that offer unique challenges.

    X's and O's of Water Polo
    This segment offers a look at understanding tactics of the game. Tanner and Villa diagram and discuss the offensive and defensive strategies for a variety of systems. Tanner first shares his numbering system and proceeds to look at a variety of front court attack and defend strategies. Tanner and Villa present specifics on how to successfully attack and defend and offer invaluable nuances from their experiences as both a coach and a player.

    Power Plays
    Tanner and Villa again look at tactics and strategies for defending and attacking in power play situations. Villa specifically details strategies for a high school level or lower level team that offers the best offensive and defensive tactics for that level of play along with the pros and cons of various power play strategies.

    58 minutes. 2012.


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    with Jovan Vavic,
    USC Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach;
    2012 National Men's Water Polo Coach of the Year;
    2012-13 Men's and Women's NCAA Champs - the fourth time in his career he has swept the national titles;
    winners of five straight Men's NCAA Championships (2008-2012) and 12 total NCAA titles (men and women);
    11-time MPSF Coach of the Year, 11-time National Coach of the Year,
    9 Cutino Award winners

    Jovan Vavic has led both the USC men's and women's water polo teams to national championships three times in the same school year (1998-99, 2003-04 and 2009-10) and has lifted the Trojans to four consecutive men's national championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

    Now for the first time you can take a poolside seat and watch Coach Vavic run six USC practices in real-time while he teaches all aspects of water polo! Explore the practice dynamics that offer a mix of skill work, drills, strength training, tactics, and strategies and include nearly 150 practice drills/activities and situations. Vavic's proven system of success is legendary and gets results.

    This extensive DVD set includes more than 10 hours of water polo practice, including six sessions over three days of practice.

    This DVD set covers nearly every facet of how Coach Vavic teaches and coaches the game.

    Order now and take the first step in integrating these proven techniques and coaching methods into your program!

    622 minutes (8 DVDs). 2012.

    Practice Breakdown:

    Day 1:

    • Practice 1 - Over 30 drills and activities in this session featuring individual warm up drills, passing, passing with med balls, leg work while shooting, station drills that include shooting, 2 meter man work, shooting against 2 man drop, 1 man drop and shooting against splitter.
    • Practice 2 - This training session includes over 25 activities. Individual skill development, passing with movement, leg work with stretch cords and medicine balls, shooting around X1 and X3 (5 and 6 positions), half court offense and defense, defense playing a drop and a split, and attacking with 21 and 45 drive.

    Day 2:

    • Practice 1 - This session includes team warm up, swimming with balls, passing work with weight belts, shooting with weight belts, 6-on-5 shooting drills, half court work, attack press defense with post up from position 1 that will force the defense to adjust and make switches. This practice is packed with drills and various strategic play that includes detailed demonstrations of numerous situations in the half court. Over 30 practice activities in all!
    • Practice 2 - This session includes a strength and conditioning weight room session. The pool session that follows includes more than 20 drills and game play situations that include passing with movement against a splitter, passing that requires legwork, and shooting in all possible fast break situations.

    Day 3:

    • Practice 1- On deck dynamic stretching routine, ball control drills, running different moves with the ball in 2M then outside, passing with the ball legwork focus, 4 on 3 fast break drills vs. press and area defense, attacking a 23 drop, plus 6 on 5 offense and defensive situations, and ending with counter attack. 30+ practice activities and situations.
    • Practice 2 - This session includes hole guarding and situations that develop in hole guarding, shooting, defending against the 31 drive in 1/2 court situation against a 34 drop, 6 on 5 and 5 on 6 situations. 10+ practice activities and situational plays in this session.

    All Access videos are designed to allow viewers from all over the world to see how successful coaches run their practices in a "live" practice setting. All Access videos allow viewers to see the practices un-edited and in real-time. You will see how top coaches run their drills, interact with their team and staff, how they motivate their team, the cue words they use, the atmosphere of the practice and how practices are structured from day to day. Many coaches visit successful colleges and high schools to watch practice. But if you live out of state or out of the country, visiting another coach's practice can be costly. That's why we created the All Access Practice Series of videos -- to bring the practices to you!


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    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.


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    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.


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