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By Xavi Gómez.

The International Swimmining Hall of Fame, ISHOF for its acronym in English and headquartered in Florida (USA), aims to promote healthy habits of aquatic sports. Among other initiatives, has a specifically that catches the eye: the ‘Hall of Fame‘.

55 international players of all time to fire their names recorded in this hall of memories. In future editions of this section, we will go shelling the names and stories of these players, all with a life behind their victories and defeats.

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There are two Spaniards who have the privilege of being among the largest: Manel Estiarte and Jesus Rollán. For the Castilian public, is somewhat unknown both players have been recognized by this prestigious institution.

Personally I could not help brand this section with Jesus Rollán for various reasons, including his tragic end and fragile memory of man. Serve these modest lines for younger never forget that the Spanish water polo was over two decades defended by one of the best-if not the best- goalkeepers in history, Jesus Rollán.

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‘The Guardian’s Pool’

Rollán Jesus was born on April 4, 1968 in Madrid. A few years of his childhood and it was decided by the pool after a knee injury. It was in its infancy when he Mariano García, coach of the ‘old school’ which was one of the promoters of one of the most brilliant generations who gave Madrid water polo.

They are characterized by their self-confidence in the water, ‘Chava’, ‘Toto’, ‘Miki’ … soon became hollow on the national scene. At age 18, Jesus Rollán left Madrid and settled in Barcelona with his friend Pedro Garcia ‘Toto’. During his stay as a player of historic CN Catalunya Rollán enviable record was garnering nationwide that opened wide the doors of the selection.

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It was with the state assembly with which he forged a reputation within very few goalkeepers. Jesus came to instill such respect that many players from rival teams think twice whether to shoot. Fruit of the union between Catalans and madrilians, Spain went from a selection of ‘second order’ to fight for medals along the nineties and early part of this century.

To always remain in the memories tears of Jesus in Atlanta 1996 after winning the final to Croatia and gain gold. The same cry, but pain this time was that accompanied all international waterpolo after learning the tragic event that led to the end of this great goalkeeper who won many victories and the most successful water polo awards, including his posthumous entry in the Hall of Fame.

by Xabi Gómez.

For those who are outside what happens in the old continent, the first impression of European dominance can be a bit skeptical. But there are data to counter the claims herein will do.

The United States has participated in almost all Olympic and World Cup competitions, but despite the undeniable potential of this country in aquatic matter, unable to climb to the top of the podium in the last decades. The beginnings were bright in the early twentieth century, also highlight two silvers in the eighties, but generally, have always been lagging behind the dominant countries in the men’s water polo.

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Perhaps the women’s national team has been in that sense, as a special case, since in 2000 (Sydney) girls can compete in the Olympics, the American have been a sure medal for the nation. In recent years, the emergence on the international scene selections other especially in the case of Spain have put into question the hitherto intractable American.

One of the factors that most affect this result is, in my opinion, the system in which the US water polo is based, as it is the “thorn vertebra everything else” in the words of Denja Udovicic current coach of USA. “There is no country on earth with more potential than the United States,” added the Serb.

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Some differences in water polo: USA vs. Europe

And the truth is it’s hard not to agree with the statements of American selection. United States has more sub-16 players anywhere in the world, but beyond competitions High School or College, nothing more.
In Europe, by contrast, the club system allows the player to ‘ascend’ rapidly to be able to play matches with the first team -if the talents- at age 16. In USA, the player would have to wait until college to excel.

The dimensions of the country are also an element against. The competitions are concentrated in two or three days and except California, where most concentrated water polo, contact with other High School, College or University is scarce.

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In contrast, one of the European cities where most clubs proliferate is Barcelona. The relationship between them is very active and can play games and training quality in a small ratio of action. A win win within reach of few cities in the world.

The arrival of European and Dejan Udovicic structures of American water polo can also be read as a gesture of approach to a system in Europe, despite the ailing economy of clubs, works in sports. Brazil has also opted for a Croatian an unblemished reputation as Radko Rudic for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

What if the American giant wakes from his dream? …?

By Xabi Gómez.

Talking about the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat is is to write about the modern history of water polo. Although the first steps on the road to the professionalism of the sport in Spain where in Blume facilities, is currently the CAR who has capitalized all the resources and therefore athletes the sport has. Sant Cugat, birthplace of great water polo, its facilities have been the stars of the national aquatic landscape. It was also where the great deeds of the sport based on many occasions, sweat and tears were forged. Hours of training where we have sought perfection that give access to the utopian dreams of the sportsman in international showcases.

If the walls of CAR could speak, we could find great personal stories of overcoming, sandwiched in pain and desire to continue growing. Silent testimonies of hundreds of players who have suffered in their own flesh the two faces of sport. The good and bad reflected in the pools of Sant Cugat but is a toll that all waterpolo player must pay if you want to reach the top.

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Endless training sessions where only through BIWPA  the future professional water polo player can feel everything it takes to be an elite athlete and the goals you should be set to be crowned among the best. In the CAR no free lunch and if you’re there, it’s because you’ve earned, often at the expense of friends, family, school …

But aware of this, in the CAR own the athlete has at its disposal the means to train as water polo player, person and student at a time. Why, one of the great advantages of High Performance Center is able to combine studies and sport therefore within the facilities, athletes can form educationally extracting values involving sports, such as perseverance and sacrifice, applying to study. As summarized Anni Espar in his interview to BIWPA, “the values I learned during that time, have helped me shape me as a person and as a player. Able to combine studies with sport is great but even better when you learn and enjoy it. ” This are the words of a world champion and Olympic silver medalist.

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In short, evoke the CAR of Sant Cugat brings to mind that there have been great memories. Some better some worse but certainly was the means necessary if a player wanted to grow up to the top. So from BIWPA, although we believe that families have to make a major economic effort so that their children can attend and participate in BIWPA the methodology applied, the CAR is the inner sanctum of the national water polo and, if future promises this sport can have a chance to go through its facilities, the experience is priceless because we are sure, will be a before and after in the player’s training.

By Xabi Gómez.

The Club Esportivo Hebraica from  Sao Paulo will be in Barcelona this week and will be advised of BIWPA throughout their stay in the city. The Brazilian team has been with the junior category but also has two cadets to take the opportunity to know the city and train with the best possible means. Just landed on Sunday, they could enjoy the opportunities offered by Barcelona and, as spectators attended the match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. An unforgettable experience for these promises of Brazilian water polo.

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Their presence in Catalonia is divided into two parts. First, they will be in the CAR of Sant Cugat supervised at all times by our technical BIWPA Dani Gómez. During the morning sessions will be geared to learning through videos and later with sessions of individual vehicles by stages of the game. Always under the methodology commonly used BIWPA on their campuses. In the evenings, in the same facilities of CAR, the kids can put into practice the knowledge they acquire through various matches with local teams like Rubi and Sant Feliu.

In the second phase of their stay, the Brazilian team will travel to Barcelona where seize own morning to visit the city and discover the many cultural intricacies that hides Barcelona. In the afternoon, they played games with children’s teams CN Barcelona, Horta and Poble Nou. Definitely a unique experience for all the kids who can ‘compete’ and improve their individual and collective game in his native country, it would be difficult to reproduce.

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Hebraica Sao Paulo, a peculiar history

This club has a striking historical journey. Born in the 50s thanks to the Jewish community, hence its name in the Brazilian city due to the existing social discontent then on youth. They were at first, 400 members who bought the land where the first foundations of a building that today houses a multitude of sports disciplines would rise.

Originally, it was a meeting place for Jews of the town, where they offered a social and recreational space to its members. Society grew rapidly soaring highs being recognized for its role in the community and especially among the young. The decade since the sixties, helped the Club, as well as offering various social initiatives, promote the sport more competitive level, eventually leading to a prestigious club whose athletes have been winners at national and international level.

Ferran Plana, licensed Physical Education and specialized in swimming section, has been linked to the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation and the Catalan Federation. Tomorrow Friday, he will be in charge of giving a master class for the participants of our Water Polo Clinic, and he has left us this interesting article on the basics of movement for goalkeepers.

BASIC GOALIE TECHNIQUE: WATER MOVEMENT AND HIP PLACEMENT  by Ferran Plana

When we discuss the different positions for water polo players and their basic positioning in the water, we distinguish between the defensive position – PD – (horizontal), and offensive – PO – (vertical).

But what about the goalie? The player, usually forgotten, but so important to the success of any team… We must not ignore him!  We must discuss this position the way we discuss any other position. Each goalkeeper, while they develop, will acquire his or her own personal technique, but at the generic level and as general concepts are concerned, we can define his different movements as: displacement, jumping, blocking and passing.

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The most important thing for a goalkeeper is to not develop bad habits.  A goal keeper must practice and develop his basic positioning and the displacement that allows him to dominate his zone of influence in the cage and anything in the arc.

We will start by noting a few points in order for the goalie to be successful:

1. Position 4 (same as the offensive players position), i.e.: almost vertical back, leaning forward – 75 °-with very high (almost perpendicular in 90 degrees with the trunk) knees, and feet doing the rotation below the knees (not with low knees and making the rotation behind them).

The position, executed successfully marks a triple flexion (hip, knee, and ankle), and makes that the goalkeeper seem “seated” in the water.

2. When you want to move in the arc of the goal (now taking into account the 5 positions of a normal attack), the base position should always be like position 4 and without losing balance (falling to one side).

The movement, with the help of the arms, moving back, will be a sculling motion (if they moves to the right, then the left side of the body must move), while the moving forward, the goalie will be almost completely extended and ready to block. In this situation, the knee that lead (guides the movement) should be opened up by the hip, because if not, the motion will be hindered unconsciously and will the cause the goalie to lose balance.

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3. In case that the change of position is unexpected due to a pass or change of possession, the first thing the goalkeeper should be ready to place himself facing the player who will receive the ball. Therefore he changes his position by first turning his body in a rotation movement (helped by the outer arm), and point directs his movement to the new position of the ball, and ends up in the position we have discussed so far, 4.

4. In all displacement movements and sliding, the position of the hands must be very superficial. The hand which sculls should not be very deep, and the one that doesn’t scull can even be out of the water.

By Xabi Gómez.

The XXII Central American and Caribbean Games that have recently taken place in Veracruz (Mexico), was a special edition for BIWPA have since been several ‘ambassadors’ we’ve had participated in the competition. Among them are the players Francisco Vargas (Puerto Rico), Nelson Bejarano (Colombia) and Alejandra Flores (Mexico).

It has been one of the most contentious years in recent times and have had several selections aspiring to choose the most precious metal. In men, the competition has been mainly characterized among countries for introducing a young squad but whose main burden lay on the seniority of repescados by the selectors as has been the case in Mexico, Cuba, Colombia … In the women’s competition the greater involvement of selections has been one of the greatest satisfactions for water polo. In 2010 there were three and this year, has had five countries. Among them, the Puerto Ricans who were from the beginning, the team to beat.

Through the following lines we will be shelling how was your path in Veracruz and our athletes how they have lived their victories and defeats.

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Alejandra Flores (Mexico, 1991)

This young player of Ruby, who recently landed in the Spanish league, we recognize that much has been learned and that his arrival in Catalonia, helped him to acquire a unique experience. “You want it all live the same“, she said. Before leaving for Veracruz, she and her team were glad “to celebrate these Central American Games at home with our people” and that certainly was the ideal opportunity to “prove that the Mexican waterpolo going forward.”

The premiere ended with a loss to the then champions of last year, the girls in Puerto Rico. “It had its complications, were very even at first, but then in the third quarter, there were moments of concentration”. Circumstance that was used by Puerto Rico that ended up taking the match.

Subsequent victories against Venezuela, Cuba and Guatemala, biding did their best to host, but the crossover semifinals against Venezuela local team lost by a goal and dream of gold foiled to Mexico and our water polo Alejandra Flores. Nevertheless, our ambassador recognizes that improvement in the game of Mexico has been evident and teams who have won four years ago did not win.

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Francisco Vargas (1992, Puerto Rico)

The selection tica was presented at the Aquatic Center Leyes de Reforma with a team with previous experience in the Central. Furthermore, the contribution of several coaches training matters reputation as Joan Jané, Aparicio or self Iván Pérez have been of great help to equalize over other countries.

The parties disputed Puerto Rico resulted in defeats. “We struggled to react, you could tell that we lacked physical work,” said Puerto Rican player. And it is so, in the partial can be seen as less were more and have been continuously focused from the beginning happened bill.

Nevertheless, Vargas feels the game selection policy has improved in recent years and he, personally, especially appreciates his game since playing in Spain. In that sense, Vargas says that BIWPA if we could “do a good job in Latin America to give growth and a higher level.”

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Nelson Bejarano (1984, Colombia)

Colombia was one of the favorites to take gold. The coffee press was the days before the competition the high expectations that opened the squad Vladimir Lopez. The team, with lots of Antioquia essentially Bejarano had as one of its determinants for their experience players who contributed four years ago was key to win the gold.

However, as recognized Bejarano, “in this tournament selection was renewed with the participation of 6 players under 20 years. A new process is being created for new generations for the upcoming international events “.

Throughout the Games selection competed as equals to all opponents. They lost against those who would runners by a single goal, beat Puerto Rico and tied against Cuba. The bronze was close but an arbitration decision shattered metal and Colombia finished fourth.

Nevertheless, as mentioned Colombian player, “qualification for the Toronto 2015 Pan and my individual performance was achieved was very good providing goals, giving assistance and expertise to younger”. Also during the competition, prior stay in Barcelona with CE Mediterrani caused him“a plus to face the competition.”

By Xavi Gómez.

This weekend was played in La Jolla (San Diego, CA)  the final of the NCAA National Championship in the United States and that has resulted in the victory of UCLA by a single goal scored within 34 seconds end of the match.

In the Canyonview Aquatic Center and with full stands as usual in the US, two prestigious universities faced, which are at the same time, two of the most portentous brackets on the national scene.

The game was developed as evenly as possible in the absence of a minute to conclude the match, the light reflected a draw to eight goals. In the absence of 34 seconds, the player UCLA Gordon Marshall scored the winning goal for the joy of California stands. The great performance of Junior Danny McClintick -author of four goals-, earned the award for most valuable player of the finals.

Moreover, the defeat of the Trojans against UCLA also had the architect goalkeeper Garret Danner, who made 9 stops versus six in his counterpart at the other end.

Thus, UCLA returns to NCAA champion after his last win in 2004 and it is the ninth times are boosted to the utmost the podium. “It’s one of the best teams where I played, nobody cares who scores the goal or gets the credit. This is what we must do to achieve success, ” settled the MVP of the finals to accredited media. For his part, known USC coach Jovan Vavic admitted that his team was “a step away from victory, but we did not take our chances.”

BIWPA wants to inform all our supporters that Xabi Gómez is a new member of our team. The function of this young Basque will be to promote and stimulate all BIWPA initiatives in the digital world.

With a Bachelor in History, water polo goalie and contributor to the popular social network Enfermos del Balón Amarillo, his work is going to help create engaging content with the public with reports, interviews, photos … It was not hard to convince him, since for him, to join two of his hobbies such as writing and water polo, was “practically irresistible.”

He will, from now on, reinforce BIWPA’s digital area to approach further to the intricacies of the sport.

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Agreement between Enfermos del Balón Amarillo and BIWPA

Incorporating Xabi as a new member of the team is part of the agreement between the popular Facebook page created by Isusko Arias in 2007 and BIWPA, promoted by Cristina Marin a year ago. Through this collaboration, our initiatives will be shared among more than 40,000 followers that Enfermos del Balón Amarillo has.

In return, BIWPA offers a place in a draw between the followers of Enfermos del Balón Amarillo worldwide, for training and technical improvement in one of our programs in Barcelona.

By Joan Colomer, BIWPA coach.

All of our training programs, from our water polo camps to Team Training Camps, through our Full and Short Water Polo Program, are based on a specific training methodology  for maximum performance. Today we will tell you a little more about the BIWPA‘s training methodology.

Our trainings are based on the methodology applied in team sports, where to get the most out of the player and the team, we create the ability to solve the specific problems facing it during competition, training through situations as similar the competitive event. This is asking that his actions are made ​​with the involvement of different factors mixtures and simultaneously.

This specific methodology that allows us to approach the peak performance through a simulation as close as possible to competition, is what we call “Integrated Workout”. For comprehensive training understand all those simplified game situations through which we try to develop technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects that are required in the competition.

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This integrated training concept is based on the physiology of sport which demonstrates that ADJUSTMENTS (a result of training) are specific to the type of training performed, and the intensity with which we trained.

As already stated, the main objective of training is to bring integrated conditions of competition to the practice of training. This structuring of the work is what fits most the players. There are other objectives, that may be secondary, among which we highlight the possibilities: give variety to the physical working environment and technical learning under conditions of fatigue.

To achieve the first objective, to train in conditions close to the competition, you have to be really precise. There preferential relations and integration of training should follow some guidelines which can extract this concept the most. These three preference relations refer to dual three groupings:

• Strength and technique.
• Reaction rate and individual tactics.
• Resistance and gameplay.

Game actions respond to more or less standardized biomechanical parameters are conditioned by factors (conditional, motor, informational, psychological, environmental equipment) and require constant adaptation to the changing situation.Most times the correct perception of reality and the decisions that the player adopts, will make profitable or not the implementation of the technical and tactical action.

Therefore, when assessing the training content we will consider exercise to be carried out from three points of view:
1. Perceptual.
2. Resolution.
3. Execution.

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For two consecutive weeks, BIWPA’s team has had the pleasure of working with a large number of water polo players from The Netherlands, first with Zv de Zaan and last week with WOC Zuid. In total more than 100 boys and girls who have experienced the high level of water polo in Spain, specifically Barcelona, through training games that have made daily against Catalan clubs.

All this would not have been possible without the involvement of the organizers of each group, Marcel Ooteman  and Heleen Keinemans of Zv de Zaan, and Marcel Verhagen and Ronald Lindhout from the Woc Zuid.

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The arrival of these two groups is part of the partnership agreement betwwen the Dutch Federation and BIWPA,  and is a new opportunity to further strengthen this collaboration.

We would like to thank through these lines the clubs that have helped us these days and above all, the people who make them.
Thank you all!

CN BARCELONA
Toni Esteller
Juan Carlos Sanchón

U.E. HORTA
Jesús Cabrera
Xavi Ribas
Florentino Villa

CN L’HOSPITALET
Manolo Delgado
Gerard Pla

CN MONTJUÏC
Aitor Pinho
Marc Tomasa
Oriol Masip

CN CATALUNYA
Roger Garcia
Jordi de Haro

CN MOLINS DE REI
Sergi Pedrerol

CN SABADELL
Gustavo Marcos
David Torilo
Jordi Millán

REFEREES
Gonçal Zegrí
Jaume Teixidó
Marta Cabanas
Jordi Cisneros
Sergio Galindo

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