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.

Useful Links

Water Polo in Social Media

Ohio Water Polo

Mar 28, 2020 @ 10:47am
COVID 19 new problem - managing all the zooms you have been invited to. #popular
Mar 26, 2020 @ 8:35am
Things you could be doing while staying at home, non electronic/device
1. Read a book
2. Start a journal
3. Board Games
4. Cook
5. Exercise
6. Power wash
7. Make a bird feeder
8. Organize a closet
9. Laundry and donate old clothes
10. Make a to-do list.

What are you doing?
Mar 22, 2020 @ 2:02pm
I used to get excited for certain times of the day: 9pm for favorite shows, 10pm for bedtime, 6pm for NCAA Selection Sunday....now its the daily 2pm EST @GovMikeDeWine update.

USA Water Polo

Mar 27, 2020 @ 8:54pm
Thanks to everyone who joined us this week for all of our #AtHomeUSAWP content!

We've got more on the way and a brand new schedule coming to USA Water Polo members on Monday. A lot of good stuff next week...don't miss out!

#waterpolo https://t.co/6MCD5ZhyWH
Mar 27, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Jacqui Sjogren of @Wagner_Polo describes how she and her teammates found out about the cancellation of their 2020 season while on a plane to California & much more in this #InstagramInterview with @GregMescall.

Catch more @NCAA #WPSeniorYear stories on IG & Twitter all week! https://t.co/LUdeU0d1yO
Mar 27, 2020 @ 4:10pm
Not you too @frandrescher!

We feel your pain Mr. Sheffield 😂

No 🐴in 🤽‍♀️🤽‍♂️

#waterpolo #FridayFeeling https://t.co/28BmbquKaj
Mar 27, 2020 @ 4:01pm
Read all about the motivational story of one legged water polo player Kyle Dedert and his journey of success on the Rockford High School water polo team ( @rockfordwaterp1): https://t.co/6vdg8bCEFX https://t.co/4rlNMM36sj

CWPA

Mar 27, 2020 @ 3:51pm
Kap7 Tip of the Week:
Jack Bowen demonstrates the goalie conditioning drill FireWalk

https://t.co/tT0ONM7SKB
Mar 26, 2020 @ 8:30am
Collegiate Water Polo Association Launches Activity Book for Fans of All Ages https://t.co/3r9QpOcFK6 https://t.co/lpA4UPEQ3e

American WP

Mar 17, 2020 @ 3:04pm
A Message from American Water Polo Director Dan Sharadin on the Coronavirus
https://t.co/tDmbbQixjR https://t.co/d0K3v01WcD
Mar 13, 2020 @ 4:42pm
Based on the decisions made by various schools & the recent statement from the Governor of Pa., all Main Line League competition is canceled until April 1st.

We will evaluate the situation as it changes to determine if additional cancellations are necessary after this date.
Mar 13, 2020 @ 1:37pm
KAP7 Tip of the Week: Goalie Exclusion
(Learn how to adjust your defense when a goalie is excluded)
https://t.co/48DWf2ZxXC
Mar 12, 2020 @ 5:52pm
Based on the recent announcement made by the Governor to close much of Montgomery County, all Main Line League competition on both the age group and senior levels is canceled until March 26th. We will monitor the situation, with additional updates posted on our website.

F.A.Q.

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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.

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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.