The book, Canoe Polo – basic skills and tactics has become a standard reference and is used by players and coaches around the world. Canoe Polo – advanced skills and tactics is new and targeted at high performance coaches and players. Both books make important contributions to the sport.
A comprehensive introduction and guide to the sport. If you’re a beginner, it will get you up and running quickly. You will learn the right skills and tactics, not only to keep afloat but also to win games. For intermediate and advanced players, the book provides an insight to refine technique and broaden playing strategies. Coaches and players around the world draw on described paddling skills, plans and drills to create effective training sessions.
Starting with a brief look at canoe polo’s history, subsequent chapters continue with boat and paddle selection and paddling and ball skills. The illustrations and descriptions of rolling technique provide a clear and concise approach to developing confident rolling ability. A range of defence and offence tactics are explored, including 1-3-1, 2-2-1, press and set plays. With over fifty training drills described, there are many opportunities to diversify training. An appendix includes country rankings for each of the ICF world championships, World Games, European champions, Asian championships, Oceania and African championships.
Also available in:
- Polish: Kajak polo—podstawowe umiejetnosci i taktyka gry from the Polish Canoe Federation
- Portuguese: Manual de kayak-polo from Federacao Portuguesa de Canoagem
Targeting high performance players and coaches, Canoe Polo – advanced is not for the feint hearted. Players are already skilled and committed to regular training, aiming to be the best they can. The book draws on elite training and skill development from Australia, Great Britain, Netherlands and Canada. A foreword from Greg Smale, chair of the ICF canoe polo committee, sets the scene.
A review of ICF World Champions and World Games opens the book, but for athlete, the section, what makes a great player?, gets you thinking. Physical fitness is covered in considerable detail—energy systems, fitness testing, strength and conditioning, injury prevention. Looking for that extra edge, the section on mental fitness challenges players in flow, sport psychology, visualisation and goal setting. Advanced skills in boat positioning and buoyancy along with analysis of some critical championship games provide insight. Specifically, for the coach, there is guidance on team building, training programs and sessions. Continuing the approach presented in Canoe polo – basic skills and tactics, an appendix includes a comprehensive range of fitness and skill drills.