After water polo scrimmage, Jaguars focus on breaking down the opposition
All photos by Dan Kidder / The Valley Roadrunner
September 02, 2013Valley Center's varsity boys water polo team hosted Escondido last Wednesday for a scrimmage to open the 2013 season, and head coach Kyle Kline said the team learned a lot in preparation for next Thursday's season-opener against Clairemont.
No official score was kept during the scrimmage but the Jaguars unofficially held a 7–4 lead at halftime and cruised to a big win.
Coach Kline says that he expects the team to perform at a high level this season but that the team is still working out the details early in the year.
"A lot of the things are typical beginning-of-season stuff," he said. "Like the new players learning what I want in certain situations and how to handle the varsity level of play. The main things I think we need to work on are being faster at picking apart our opponent and knowing as a team how to contain their best player, and where we can take advantage of whatever weakness the other team has, whether it be speed, defense, ball handling, or anything else."
Besides identifying the key threat, Coach Kline says that his team will work on improving its focus in every situation.
"Another thing I stressed to the team was the mental aspect," he says. "Being up no matter who the opponent is, and whether it be a scrimmage or a game, we need to be focused and have purpose with everything we do. As we head into the regular season, getting focused before the game and picking apart our opponent quickly will be my challenge to them as well as reaction time, and overall awareness."
Even with a few things to work on before the season begins, Coach Kline says he sees the team coming together quickly because of its leaders.
"We are returning five starters and seven total players from last year, so we have lots of experience and leadership," he says. "We also have some younger players who bring experience and enthusiasm, so I have high expectations for this team."
The Valley Center boys water polo season begins on Sept. 19 at Clairemont before the home opener on Oct. 2 against Orange Glen at 4:15 p.m.