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Water Polo

Once a swimmer has reached Level 7 of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme, it is recommended that they are then encouraged to take part in different aquatic disciplines. Read on to learn more.

Stage 8 outcomes

By the end of Stage 8 (Water Polo) of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme, your pupils should have reached 8 outcomes:

 

1. Swim 10m front crawl with face in the water and then 10m with head up

2. Swim 10m head up front crawl, controlling a ball in front

3. Stay vertical and static for 45 seconds using eggbeater kick

4. Swim 10m demonstrating Water Polo backstroke

5. Move 5m forwards, 5m backwards, 5m left and 5m right and return to the starting point, using eggbeater kick and staying vertical, keeping finger tips out of the water

6. Pick up the ball from underneath the surface with alternate hands, and lift above head. Repeat six times

7. Pass a ball accurately with a partner, using one hand to throw and two hands to catch over a 2m distance. Each player to pass 10 times

8. Play a mini-polo! game with at least three vs. three, and demonstrate skills learnt from Stage 8 

Stage 9 outcomes

By the end of AquaFun Stage 9 (Water Polo) of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme  your pupils should have reached 7 outcomes relating to starts:

1. Swim 20m showing:

a. Three strokes head up front crawl
b. Three strokes Water Polo backstroke in a continuous action 

2. Use eggbeater kick and sculling to stay horizontal/flat on the surface staying static for 30 seconds

a. Demonstrate ability to be as high as possible out of the water
b. Demonstrate an ability to move off in any direction as quickly as possible

3. Move 5m forwards, 5m backwards, 5m left and 5m right and return to the starting point, using eggbeater kick and staying vertical keeping finger tips out of the water

a. Ability to show good leg kick maintaining a good body position in different directions

4. Pick up the ball from underneath the surface with alternate hands, and lift above head. Repeat 10 times

5. Pass and catch a ball accurately with a partner, over a 3m distance, 10 times each, using only one hand

a. Ability to show good ball control maintaining strong body position

6. Pick up a ball, shoot at a target from a 2m distance and repeat five times. The target may be a kick board, plastic bottles, etc.

7. Play an advanced mini-polo! game with at least five vs. five using skills from Framework Stages 8-9 showing good technique throughout

a. Show a basic awareness of game play

Stage 10 outcomes

By the end of AquaFun Stage 10 (Water Polo) of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme your pupils should have reached 9 outcomes relating to relay takeovers:

1. Swim 20m head up front crawl with the ball

2. Perform 10 x static pick-up rotations with the ball using alternate hands

a. Ability to show good ball control maintaining strong body position

3. Swim 20m head up front crawl, turn at 10m without using a wall/floor and return to starting point

a. Ability to turn and change direction quickly

4. Swim 20m head up front crawl, change into vertical, static, eggbeater hold for 5 seconds, repeat six times

a. Ability to change from horizontal to vertical

5. Move 5m forwards, 5m backwards, 5m left and 5m right and return to the starting point, using eggbeater kick and staying vertical keeping elbows out of the water

a. Ability to show good leg kick maintaining a good body position in different directions

6. Use eggbeater kick and sculling to stay horizontal/flat on the surface and then move 10m forwards.

a. Demonstrate ability to be as high as possible above surface of the water
b. An ability to move off in any direction as quickly as possible

7. Pass and catch a ball accurately with a partner over a 3m distance, using one hand 10 times then the other hand 10 times.

a. Ability to show good ball control maintaining strong body position

8. Pick up a ball, shoot at a target from a 3m distance, repeat five times. The target may be a kick board or plastic bottles, etc

a. Ability to co-ordinate sequence of skills to produce an effective shot

9. Play a Water Polo game, duration 4 x 5mins, incorporating skills from the Framework, Stages 8-10 showing good technique throughout.

Tips for Stages 8, 9 and 10

To assist with the delivery of stages 8, 9 and 10 the ASA has developed Continuing Professional Development specific to each discipline and it is recommended teachers delivering these levels attend the appropriate CPDs. The ASA also encourages partnership working with ASA swim21 Accredited clubs in the relevant disciplines to support delivery and to provide structured exit routes for swimmers.Return to the NPTS homepage

Teacher's Guide

If you are looking for the most relevant information about how to deliver the LTS then make sure you read the Teacher's Complete Framework, while theiosonline offers the most up-to-date training around the LTS.

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