Water polo - Positions
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Water Polo - Positions
As we know out of seven players in a team, six will be fielders while the one will be the guardian . These six fielders also have different positions to fill. Some important positions are -
- Center forward
- Center back
- Wing players
One player each is needed for the center-forward and back position while two players each are needed as wingers and pilots. Players with a general knowledge of offensive and defensive attacks in all of these positions are called utility players . Let's discuss some positions in detail.
Water Polo - Offensive positions
Offensive positions include
- Wings / passers
- Point man
The point (player placed just behind 5 meters)always directing the attack and it is the defending team defending the attack forward. The combination of the wing, pilots and toe form a perimeter player team. The 3-3 positional pattern is used where there will be two lines in which three players will be present on each line.
The role of the center-forward is to stand close to the opposing team 's goalkeeper and score goals. Since this position is very important, a strong person is often chosen for this.
Water Polo - Defensive Positions
The switching version of the offensive position is the defensive position. In man-to-man or zone position defensive players are placed. Center-forward opposite is always a double member of the team who keeps the front and back positions It is very difficult to defend a backhand shot from the front-center position as the ball passing through these positions is explosive and is all directed towards the corner of the goals.
In the figure, the blues show the defective positionsensives against the reds (offensive positions acquired by the opposing team). Sometimes the pointer defender moves his man away in the zone to better defend the central position. This is known as M drop .
Goalkeeper in water polo
The goalkeeper is used to prevent opponents from shooting a goal. Besides blocking goals, another important duty of a goalkeeper is to inform his defenders of gaps that they may not be able to identify during the match.
The goalkeeper always starts offensive play, so he / she is called a quarterback . If he can position himself within the 5 meter zone, then he may have the following privileges -
- Permission to touch the bottom of the pool.
- Can play the ball with both hands.
- He can hit the ball with a closed fist.
During a match, a goalkeeper also informs about the menathese movements of the opposing team.