Anonymous: in waterpolo any advice on getting around a really good player if they are holding onto you?
- If you’re on offense and you’re on the perimeter, attempt to swim to the 2, chances are your defense will be called for holding.
- If you’re hole set, try driving up or to the side where the goal posts are (usually there’s a ref watching what’s happening on the 2).
- If you’re on defense, MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE OUT OF THE WATER or at the surface (but not arms, because you can get kicked out for “blocking”).
This is really general advice. There are specific things you can do and maybe we’ll write a post about that later.
Anonymous: What do you think are some ways a swimmer can contribute to the positive atmosphere of your team? Basically like what could I do to help make my team strong and successful lol
What we do is we have swim dinners and stuff like that to promote bonding.
Also you yourself should stay positive even if you have a bad race always to remember to cheer your team mates on. This year our team really stressed being there for each other instead of listening to your music and falling asleep.
Also we have this thing on our team called BIIF buddies. Its basically like secret santa. You have people draw names and get their buddy and have a coach write it down and you give each other presents secretly (not expensive ones) for a week before a big meet. It is really fun and forms bonds.
Those are just some ideas :)
dankissoodivine: Do you think you can make it to the Olympic trials for 2016 Rio?
Like Bhillie and I personally? there is a 99% chance that, that would be a no. We have recently decided to play water polo and not swim in college and although both of us are good players we are in no way olympic worthy.
But on a positive side.. you never know how things could pan out.
Anonymous: Have you answered every question in your inbox or all there still more.
There are a lot more :(
We’re really, really sorry for slacking over the last year. Senior year is more time consuming and stressful than we thought!
We are graduating on the 24th, though, so we will have loads of time to repopulate our blog with fun stuff again! Be on the lookout in a few weeks for more stuff :)
Anonymous: Any advice on doing a relay dive? Is it the same as a starting one?
There are two types of relay starts: regular dive and the running start. I would recommend a running start because it’s typically faster. It takes maybe a practice-worth of dives to get used to it if you haven’t done it before, but it comes naturally, once you’ve learned it.
The running take involves a good eye for timing because you don’t want to be too fast off of the block and DQ your team, but you don’t want to be slow either. (I can’t really explain the timing very well, so you should ask your coach or a fellow swimmer on your team to walk through it with you)
Once you know where to time your dive, you’re gonna swing your arms in a big circle for momentum and then do a two-step run off the block as your arms come through the finish.
I’m doing a bad job of explaining this, so I’ll stop and you can watch this video instead to see what I mean. I’m better at teaching this in person.
Okay so I kinda just died on the inside.
If I was ever asked to prom this way, I wouldn’t know whether to stop mid pool and get DQ’d OR swim the rest, jump out of the pool after being told to get out, attempt running on the pool deck, slip and get hurt just to hug that kid. ATTENTION FRIENDS. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF MAKING THIS HAPPEN FOR ME! <3