San Jose Express on hiatus...
SJX is doing remote training until at least June 22.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will make it and come out even stronger.
I will be blogging frequently during this time.
San Jose Express is more than just a water polo team.
We are a community and family.
Stay safe and strong!
Coach Sasha has some amazing videos of drills from Europe.
Now, most videos of drills and players has world class amazing athletes doing them. They make the impossible look easy. This is great, but not for young athletes learning the game.
It certainly isn't appropriate for my 10/U group that is just learning the game.
But these videos were different. Many of the examples were with young kids; ten to twelve years old.
Their drills looked like some of the ones we do (which is unique to San Jose Express. I don't think the local teams do these water polo drills. And these water polo drills are one of the reasons that SJX has improved so quickly at all levels.)
So we're going to incorporate these drills into our youth water polo program...
Which got me thinking...
"What can we do to speed up the learning process?"
As a coach and teacher, I'm always trying to speed up the level of skill of my athletes. In swimming, I like to think of myself as a surgeon. I'm going to come up with the fastest, most efficient way to improve my athletes.
These videos have given me a great idea.
We are going to combine karate and water polo!
We are going to invent...
Water Polo Katas!
What is a karate kata? A kata is a series of moves done in sequence; sort of like a dance.
Beginning students learn a kata. As they improve, they learn more katas and the skills become more difficult.
It's a great way to cut down the instruction and speaking time. You can say, "Do Kata #3" and the players will know which drills to do and how many times to do them.
Each kata will have 8 to 12 movements so that the kids can memorize them fairly quickly.
And there are kata's for every skill!
Heck, maybe we'll have belts for them...No, probably not.
I'm excited about the upcoming season. Let's hope this doesn't take too long!
Until then, stay safe and sane. Do something physical every day.
See you soon!