Water polo, also referred to as water ball, is a team sport which, as its name implies, is played in the pool. Stanford University’s Water Polo Club has been a standout. One of the coaches instrumental in its successes is Cory Olcott, who served on the club’s coaching faculty from 2007 to 2011. During the 2008 season, Mr. Olcott led the women’s 16 and under division to a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics. In 2009, Cory Olcott assisted in leading team members to championships in the Junior National and National divisions.
The object of the game is to score goals by throwing a ball into a net, and is often considered to be similar to the game of team handball. Players swim and tread water as well as pass the ball in order to score. The sport involves a team of six players and a goalkeeper.
Stanford University has both men’s and women’s student teams, and the Water Polo Club features competitions geared toward younger members in the community who want to compete in junior-level events.