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South Hills Water Polo Clinic on Saturday

Come out to play and learn water polo with kids from around the region on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Swimmers age 12 and under play from noon to 1 pm. The older swimmers, ages 13 and older, play from 1 to 2:30 pm.

Mt Lebanon High School Indoor Pool is at 155 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228.

Cost is $10, as a registration fee for the younger ages and $20 for the older age group. Bring an additional $15 if you want to purchase a junior-sized water polo ball to take home.

The clinic helps swimmers learn more about playing water polo and efforts are going to be geared to developing skills to become a better team player. Give water polo a shot, and the organizers make a guarantee of fun!

Many western Pennsylvania high schools are getting closer to sponsoring water polo teams in the future!

Bring your suit, goggles, and towel. You must be able to swim a full length of the pool. No prior water polo experience needed.

Water polo clinic in Erie at Mercyhurst

Might be fun to take a trip to Erie for a water polo clinic on November 16, 2019. College coaches and a good experience. 

For further info, check out the web site, https://mhur.st/poloclinic.

If you go, let us know how it went and forward some photos too.

Administrative victory from 10-years ago got water polo into Pittsburgh Public Schools

Schenley High School is gone. Sadly.

Schools that wish to play water polo in Pennsylvania need to send a similar letter to the PIAA. Then the games can be held among other high school teams within PA. 

Mt. Lebo’s clinic

The South Hills swimmers who are interested in regular water polo play are gathering!

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We had a great turnout for the September South Hills clinic this past Saturday at Mt Lebo.  Special thanks to Jocelyn, Tessa, Nick D, Will, Jim Staresinic (NA), Jillian Breckenridge (Grove City), and Mike Kristufek (Mt. Lebo pool director).  We are looking to expand and open up the pool for high school students the next time.  Youth on one side and high school on the other October 26th.  Stay tuned.  

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April 2019 practices — join in at Chartiers Valley HS on Tuesdays, 23 and 30 at 7:30 pm

Join in for the final water polo practices at the CV pool for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019,  from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 7:30 to 9 pm

Show up at Chartiers Valley High School. 

Team gathers for a photo after practices at the CV pool bulkhead.

Busy evening at the swim pool. First, we played SKWIM with 35 senior swimmers of PEAQ. Started with a game of 50 meters. Then split into two games, one side boys and other girls. Then came water polo with Renegades and a new players welcome practice. Kids to adults and even a new Triathlete Stephanie, who had departed by the ending photo. Thanks for attending and thanks for the help from all involved. Kids from Seneca Valley, Peters, Mt Lebo, Sewickley, USC. Adults from city, North Allegheny, Peters, Mt Lebo, Sewickley, etc.

The Lob Shot

Lob Shots

Not sure about when. The goalie in the above video wasn't that far out, and that lob had to thread such a narrow path that it had to be absolutely perfect to go in.

Is that really when to lob? It seems like faking the shot nearside moved the goalie just enough to lob far-side, but that there was no pre-existing aspect of the situation that invited a lob.

The shooter did not have time or space to improve angle.

The goalie was moving hard near side as a result of a very good dry pass. Off hand side for right arm shooter, so it takes touch. But when executed well, the goalie has no chance.

He lobbed because the goalie left the short side wide open as a bait. As you'd expect with a righty on the "wrong" wing, the defense wants him to take the shot. They're giving him time and space and the goalie's almost printing a formal invite for him to take a shot at the short corner. But, this leaves the goalie with only one option: to move quickly to close the gap at the short post when the shot comes.

The moment the shooter, Gocic, picks up the ball, he realizes this and takes advantage of the goalie being committed. Once the goalie moves toward the post there's no way he can stabilize and step back to reach a lob.

The offense use the goalie's movement momentum against himself. 

The shot looked like a last-second decision, but apparently it was planned by the shooter to work out that way, because he knew that near-side angle was goalie's responsibility. Very smart!

Fast arm action sold the near side. He didn't drop his elbow nor telegraph the lob to come. He did sell near side at the start of his shooting motion. This was a really skilled shot, almost a spin lob from the wrong side.