In California, Cory Olcott coached several water polo teams, including the Stanford women’s Water Polo Club and the women’s water polo program at Palo Alto High School. Cory Olcott’s coaching led to a league championship and a bronze medal in the 2008 Junior Olympics. Water polo is a strong team-building sport, which is also fun for adult recreation.
Water polo is played in a pool with a team of seven players. Six players are in the field, and the seventh serves as the goalkeeper. Players must swim, tread water, and pass the ball to move the ball into the opposing team’s net. At the same time, the players need to prevent the ball from reaching their goal. The game is played in quarters, with each quarter lasting five to eight minutes, without counting timeouts, player substitutions after a goal, injuries, or fouls.
Many states have water polo teams in colleges or universities and even high schools, but there are also smaller clubs that interested parties can watch or join. USAWaterPolo.org offers a search engine for people to find local groups in their state or town.