Did you know about the sport or was it a
Eric Flanders: "No, it was a fun, physical and
fast-paced game, but the common fouls were tough (and can still be tough)
Dan Roberts: "Though I grew up swimming
competitively from grade school through college, I had never played before
or even witnessed a water polo game, so it was a brand new experience."
K.N. Arun: "I did not know anything about water
polo until Rahul started playing in the fall of his freshman year at
Stevenson. The games were easy to follow, but the referee calls were hard
to understand. I still get confused by some calls!"
Debbi Mathews: "They learned the basics but
didn't play any games. That went on for a few years. It was a little more
consistent by the time Rebecca got to fifth grade and she learned a little
more about the rules. I was still clueless."
What advice do you have for parents who are
just getting into the sport?
Eric Flanders: "If your child comes from a team
sport background, they’ll do great even if they aren’t a good swimmer."
Dan Roberts: "My advice is simple, if your
child shows interest in water polo (or any other sports), let them play.
If they show interest in advancing within the sport by participating in
camps, clubs, high school, and even in college, then encourage and support
them as much as you can…but never force them."
K.N. Arun: "Never discourage your kid from
playing water polo. The sport teaches them so many things that can be used
later on in life."
Do you have any final thoughts for parents
who are just getting into the sport?
Dan Roberts: "Parents should try to learn as
much about the game as they can so they have a better understanding of the
rules and strategies, thus making it much less likely they will get
frustrated while watching the games."
K.N. Arun: "I quickly became a fan of the
sport, and now consider it the best (and one of the toughest) sports in
the world. It teaches teamwork, discipline, toughness and mental strength.
Water polo has done so much to shape the person Rahul has become today.
My final thoughts:
It was clear that the sport of water polo made
a tremendous impact on the lives of both the players and parents over the
past several years. I hope I get to share the same experience with my own
children no matter which sport they choose in the future.
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