6-8 Challenge

Measure your Strengths

As part of the 6-8 challenge, athletes are assessed in seven drills that depend on whether they are a player or a goalie. The drills by player type are summarized below. These water polo specific drills are designed to properly teach and improve the most crucial fundamentals of the sport.

Drill Player Goalie
12.5 Meter Sprint
Medicine Ball Hold
Vertical Jump
Obstacle Course  
Radar Gun  
Two Buoy  
Passing  
Four Corners  
Eight Touch  
25 Meter Breast Sprint  
Goalie Passing  
 
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12.5 Meter Sprint

Shows how fast/quick an athlete is at water polo swimming. Explosiveness over the hips is needed to get open on a counter attack or drive.

Player and Goalie

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Medicine Ball Hold

Tests an athlete’s pure leg strength. Clarifies when a participant doesn’t spread their legs wide enough or when leg strength is low.

Player and Goalie

Vertical Jump

Demonstrates how high an athlete can jump out of the water. Also gauges leg explosion, strength and the potential to shoot, block or steal the ball in a game situation.

Player and Goalie

Obstacle Course

Demonstrates an athlete’s ability to move laterally over the hips. Also tests comfort level swimming with the ball. One can be fast in water polo, but the ability to zig zag, stop and go with the ball is more relevant.

Player

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Radar Gun

Shows the speed of an athlete’s shot. An extremely fast shot demonstrates promise if the participant also scores high on other drills.

Player

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Two Buoy

One of the most important drills in the sport. Better players use a minimum number of strokes and mostly utilize their legs.

Player

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Passing

A quick time means either great hands or great body positioning. A slower time means bad positioning, bad hands, or the athlete is young.

Player

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25 Meter Breast Sprint 

Indicates goalie’s leg strength and explosiveness.

Goalie

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Eight Touch

Evaluates over-the-hip lateral movements and quickness / effectiveness of goalie’s movements.

Goalie

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Four Corners

Evaluates the goalie’s full range of motion and ability to go laterally both high and low.

Goalie

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Goalie Passing

Tests a goalie’s accuracy and range when passing the ball.

Goalie

 
 

6-8 Challenge Kit

Interested in running your own 6-8 Challenge? Purchase the 6-8 Challenge Kit.