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goal, position and ball


All forwards should be good swimmers, quick at catching the ball and judging distances, pass, dribble and shoot well, exactly from any portion of the field of play. One should take up a position either right or left of the opponent's goal, but outside the recognized limit. The other should take the opposite side, and be a little distance away from the goal. Both players should be on the lookout for the ball, and instead of holding it should make quick passes to each other, or to the centre forward. At all times the ball should be passed to the furthest side of the goal, and not straight into the other's hands, unless uncovered by the opponent's back. The forwards should always be ready for a sharp stroke or two so as to clear; this should be practiced, as once this is acquired the forwards will find that they often get a free throw at the goal. When dribbling the ball, the forwards should clear on the outside and pass quickly, in case they are caught by an opponent. They should keep well up towards goal, and if the centre forward gains possession, one of the other forwards should at once take his place, because if the attempt at goal be defeated he will then be in a position to make another attempt. It is the

duty of forwards to keep clear, as far as is pos sible, from the opponent's side, and should there be defence play, get back into position as soon as possible. They should take care not to take ad vantage of the rule forbidding a player from tak ing up a position within a yard of the opponent's goal, and should be careful not to get too far over to the side of the water in which they are playing.

When engaged in attacking, if the ball should be in danger of crossing the line of goal, care should be taken to avoid touching it. The opponent's back should at this time be pressed, preventing him from getting a long shot, and if possible be compelled to yield to a corner. No time ought to be lost in taking the corner throw, because, al though the rules do not allow a change of position between the blowing of the whistle and the taking of the throw, delay allows the backs to get their bodies well balanced for a quick start, and the advantage gained by the free throw is counter acted.