Back on February 25, ESPN U televised the game between Harvard and Princeton women’s water polo teams. In goal for Princeton was Ashleigh Johnson one of the female stars from the 2016 Rio Olympics. And in the goal for Harvard was Cleo Harrington. Ashleigh Johnson played a good game. I wouldn’t say it was dominating. [...]

The video comes from the following website. I have no idea what the article is saying but the video speaks for itself. The goalie, Jósza Otto, scores a full court shot and then almost scores another one after blocking a shot out of 2-meters. What was the other goalie doing? Why was he so far [...]

Watch the highlight clip below. This clip is from the UC Santa Barbara tournament that starts the women’s college season. It is Michigan versus USC. USC was down a player and coming even. There was less than 10 seconds left on the shot clock. Michigan was in a 3-3 formation. I don’t know if they [...]

Check out this video of a water polo goalie blocking drill from Yiannis Giannouris. This is very similar to the dryland drill of blocking tennis balls after they’ve been thrown against the wall by someone standing behind you. What I like about this drill is it works both hand-eye coordination and reaction time like [...]

An article from the University of Michigan introducing two starting freshman for the women’s water polo team hits on a key lesson for water polo goalies. Communicating with your center defender. It is important for the center defender and goalkeeper to have good communication and to be on the same page. Ritner and Steere are [...]

The Video below is from Water Polo Development’s Facebook page. It highlights a goal from the 1 spot in a man-up situation. But I want to use it to show a common breakdown in a man-down defense and what we, as water polo goalies, can learn from it. Funneling the Ball to the Goalie [...]

From USA Water Polo. The accolades continue to pour in for USA Women’s National Team goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC). On the heels of winning gold with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team at the 2016 Olympic Games and becoming the first ever water polo player to win Women’s Sports Foundation SportsWoman of the [...]

How to Become Great

It’s the New Year and a time for resolutions and goals. If you’re serious about becoming the best, especially the best water polo goalie, then you need to listen to this Freakonomics podcast. Then you need to read the book the episode was inspired by Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. The main [...]

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