Brief History Lesson on Water Polo (courtesy of Wikipedia)

image56-1024x680The history of water polo as a team sport began as a demonstration of strength and swimming skill in late 19th century England and Scotland, where water sports and racing exhibitions were a feature of county fairs and festivals. Men's water polo was among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic games in 1900. Women's water polo was introduced to the Olympic games in 2000. Water polo is now popular in many countries around the world, notably Europe (particularly in Serbia, Russia, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Greece and Hungary), the United States, Canada and Australia. The present-day game involves teams of seven players (plus up to six substitutes), with a water polo ball similar in size to a soccer ball but constructed of waterproof nylon.

image37-800x651One of the earliest recorded antecedents of the modern game of Water Polo was a game of water ‘hand-ball’ played at Bournemouth on 13 July 1876. This was a game between 12 members of the Premier Rowing Club, with goals being marked by four flags placed in the water near to the midpoint of Bournemouth Pier. The game started at 6.00pm in the evening and lasted for 15 minutes (when the ball burst) watched by a large crowd; with plans being made for play on a larger scale the following week.

image14-1600x1067The rules of water polo were originally developed in the late nineteenth century in Great Britain by William Wilson. Wilson is believed to have been the First Baths Master of the Arlington Baths Club in Glasgow. The first games of 'aquatic football' were played at the Arlington in the late 1800s (the Club was founded in 1870), with a ball constructed of India rubber. This "water rugby" came to be called "water polo" based on the English pronunciation of the Balti word for ball, pulu. Early play allowed brute strength, wrestling and holding opposing players underwater to recover the ball; the goalie stood outside the playing area and defended the goal by jumping in on any opponent attempting to score by placing the ball on the deck.

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Water Polo in Social Media

USA Water Polo

Jul 20, 2019 @ 5:44am
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Jul 20, 2019 @ 5:30am
In the wake of the #2019JOs pool action starting tomorrow, here's a friendly reminder about our updated photo policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
Jul 20, 2019 @ 5:18am
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Jul 20, 2019 @ 4:44am
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Jul 20, 2019 @ 4:43am
@todeze @Coach_Abdou The entire talk will be available via the USAWP High Performance YouTube Channel in the coming weeks.
Jul 20, 2019 @ 4:27am
Our Chief High Performance Officer, @Coach_Abdou is kicking off his “What You Need To Know About College Water Polo Recruitment” talk at the #2019JOs! #JO50


Jul 20, 2019 @ 4:09am
USA Water Polo Released "A Look Back at 10 of the Greatest Moments in Junior Olympics History" with the 1990 17U Annapolis Boys team with CWPA Hall of Famer Mike Schofield & Commissioner Dan Sharadin coming in at #1
Jul 19, 2019 @ 3:02am
Day 3 Recap of Collegiate Water Polo Association Connections in Women’s Water Polo Action at 2019 FINA World Championships in Korea
Jul 19, 2019 @ 1:44am
The Harvard University multimedia crew is getting ready for the 2019 men's season. Who is ready to watch some water polo? RT @imryh:
Jul 19, 2019 @ 12:32am
33 Collegiate Water Polo Association Institutions Make CNBC List of Top 50 Colleges that Pay Off the Most

American WP

Jul 15, 2019 @ 6:05am
2019 Girls' 18U NSC All-Tournament:
Peyton Nufer (G) - Windy City
Kassy Rodriguez - Windy City
Xonhane Medina - Windy City
Aliza Smith - Cumberland Valley
Kamryn Barone - Cumberland Valley
Camille Kent - Cumberland Valley
Sarah Koehler - Tiger WP
Becca Valentine - Wissahickon
Jul 15, 2019 @ 5:28am
2019 National State Challenge: 14U Game 10 - Princeton 10, North Penn 5 FINAL
Jul 15, 2019 @ 4:41am
2019 National State Challenge: 18U GIRLS' 1st Place - Cumberland Valley 19, Windy City 6 FINAL
Jul 15, 2019 @ 4:08am
2019 Boys 18U NSC All-Tournament Team:
Ryan Hopegill (Goalie) - Orlando Thunder Blue
Touma Mack - Orlando Thunder Blue
Alec Johnson - Orlando Thunder Blue
Walker Butler - Maverick
Matej Sekulic - Maverick
Paul Ginsbigler - Cumberland Valley
Jordan McVeagh - Buxmont
Jul 15, 2019 @ 3:57am
Congratulations to 2019 National State Challenge Girls' 18U Third Place - Wissahickon
Jul 15, 2019 @ 3:31am
2019 National State Challenge: 18U BOYS' 1st Place - Orlando Thunder Blue 23, Maverick 10 FINAL



Where are the horses kept?

After years of intense studying we are finally able to explain water polo. Here it goes, water polo at its basics is played by two teams of 14 players, each with their own horse, save for the team’s goalie, who uses a SEAhorse (specially bred for water polo). The goal of the game is to submerge the other team completely. Additionally, every player is required to keep their eyes shut while shouting “Marco.” The game does include up to two referees that are required to rid a cow, sporting a black and white striped polo shirt.

Okay, you caught us, we don't really use horses or seahorse.....for every game.


How deep is the pool?

There is the ideal depth and what you have available to work with.
The minimum depth of the pool should be about six feet deep. However, in many leagues and tournaments, there may not be a facility that is equipped with a pool of this depth. Typical pools will run shallow to deep. Therefore, the basic rule state that players should not use the bottom to their advantage (i.e., pushing off).  Now, if anyone believes that players do not use the bottom in the shallow end, please see above referencing use of horses for water polo.

Do you have to tread the whole time?

Unless we are playing in the ideal kiddie pool, yes we are treading water when not swimming.
Treading in water polo

Another treading tutorial

Can you touch the bottom?

I wish we were joking about the order of these questions. However, yes, these are the typical order in which a water polo player gets asked these questions (#waterpoloproblems). See Truly Ideal Depth above

Do you have to wear a speedo?

This question is typically only asked of the male water polo players. strange. Emilio Estevez's character, Andrew Clark, said it best in The Breakfast Club: "I wear the required uniform!"

The average water polo player may swim over a mile during the course of a game. Ever tried to swim a mile in swim trunks? Let me tell you, it is extremely difficult and tiresome. In addition, this question may be hinting at whether we wear speedos when we are sitting around the pool deck or at the beach. Therefore, water polo players, for the most part, wear swim trunks when not playing competitively.