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A Brief Overview of Water Polo

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After nearly 15 years of teaching in California schools, Cory Olcott returned east to earn a master of education from Harvard University and train as a school principal. Outside of the classroom, Cory Olcott previously coached collegiate women’s water polo teams.

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A Brief Overview of Water Polo

  1. 1. A Brief Overview of Water Polo By Cory Olcott
  2. 2. Introduction  After nearly 15 years of teaching in California schools, Cory Olcott returned east to earn a master of education from Harvard University and train as a school principal. Outside of the classroom, Cory Olcott previously coached collegiate women’s water polo teams.  A physically demanding team sport, water polo is played entirely in the water. Two teams of seven players each face off and attempt to score points by throwing the ball into a goal. The playing field is laid out similar to a soccer or hockey field, except that it is much shorter—30 meters long for men and 25 for women.
  3. 3. About Water Polo  Each team fields a goalkeeper and six field players. Players pass the ball among themselves and try to score by throwing the ball into the goal. The goal typically has an opening that measures three meters wide and almost a meter high, but the height of the goal can be greater in shallower pools. A great deal of physical contact takes place in water polo. While injuries are not uncommon, they are not generally severe.

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