Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Team Sports family of activity courses.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the basic fundamentals of the game of water polo.
  • A student will be able to perform with an increasing degree of proficiency the offensive and defensive skills of water polo.


Basic water polo skills and techniques, including ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting and blocking. Includes an introduction to the rules of the game as well as basic tactical strategies for offense and defense.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate proficiency in basic individual water polo skills
1. Ball handling
2. Dribbling
3. Passing
4. Blocking
5. Shooting
B. Participate in organized drills necessary for skill development
C. Engage in conditioning and stretching exercises as they relate to beginning level water polo
D. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules, scoring and etiquette for match play
E. Participate in water polo class competitions

Course Content

A. Water Polo Basic Skills and Proficiency
1. Ball handling
a. Introduce techniques and define rules
b. Use drill work to develop dexterity and strength
c. Incorporate the egg-beater kick to develop proper body position
2. Dribbling
a. Refine all elements of head up freestyle
b. Develop ability to transition from horizontal to vertical body positioning
c. Use drill work to develop speed and ball handling
3. Passing
a. Introduce techniques and define rules
b. Use drill work to develop

Lab Content

A. Water Polo Basic Skills and Proficiency
1. Ball Handling
2. Dribbling
3. Passing

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Access to pool

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Writing assignments
B. Skill demonstration
C. Journal entries
D. Quizzes 1-4

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Laboratory
C. Demonstration
D. Discussion
E. Cooperative Learning Exercises

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Vargas, John, and Richard Kent. Water Polo Team Notebook. Writing Athletes & National Writing Project, March 27, 2014.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor



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