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

Ohio Water Polo

Nov 16, 2019 @ 7:44pm
@stxwaterpolo https://t.co/42dnGwABdl
BC Men's Water Polo @BCMensWaterPolo
BC beats Army 13-7 on goals from:

Carter Dwyer
Omar John
Michael Spence
Jack Klingler
Christian Gillette

Let’s go birds! @CWPAClubs https://t.co/za9E41aYUt
Nov 16, 2019 @ 8:01am
Year after year, great coverage of Club Championships. Thank you @CWPAClubs https://t.co/nnSbIYShyd
CWPA-Club @CWPAClubs
Collegiate Water Polo Association Releases Program for 2019 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Pittsburgh
https://t.co/1XR3bHDgpf https://t.co/2P5rTb99EK
Nov 13, 2019 @ 11:46pm
Awesome! https://t.co/ec2V28JCCM
Witt Water Polo @WittWaterPolo
What do you call a turkey that’s got no feathers? 🦃🍗..our attempt at Pin the Feather on the Turkey from our 2ND ANNUAL
FRIENDSGIVING DINNER 🍽 https://t.co/z8RcJ8Av4q

USA Water Polo

Nov 19, 2019 @ 2:46pm
Div 5 - Mission Viejo 6 Trabuco Hills 4
Div 6 - Crespi 9 Redlands 8
Div 7 - Rancho Mirage 11 Ontario 9

Photos via CIF Southern Section Orange County Register JSerraAthletics #waterpolo @CIFSS https://t.co/mI3MYsqb53
Nov 19, 2019 @ 2:46pm
Congratulations to the 2019 @CIFSS Boys Water Polo Champions!

Div 1 - Harvard Westlake 6 Newport Harbor 4
Div 2 - Foothill 13 San Clemente 12
Div 3 - Santa Barbara 9 Schurr 7
Div 4 - JSerra Catholic 13 San Juan Hills 10

Photos via @CIFSS @ocregister JSerra #waterpolo https://t.co/hGxO0wLrgz
Nov 19, 2019 @ 2:25pm
Congratulations to the 2019 @CIFLACS Boys Water Polo State Champions - Palisades! Palisades won their 8th straight title with a 16-9 win over Cleveland. #waterpolo https://t.co/Oh6knZD1Rc

CWPA

Nov 19, 2019 @ 3:01pm
Bucknell University's Garrin Kapecki to Join Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame at 2019 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship https://t.co/7jEiDASI19 https://t.co/jUE3Y6Ek8Q
Nov 19, 2019 @ 1:09pm
Ticket & Streaming Information for 2019 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship at Bucknell University on November 22-24 https://t.co/dKNADMTtHb https://t.co/ubumndvCYO
Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:43pm
Ticket & Streaming Information for 2019 Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on November 22-24 https://t.co/yj9B9msYQW https://t.co/yLUdhXspNl
Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:25pm
2019 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Seeding Released; Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-West Region Champion Gannon University Receives No. 7 Seed https://t.co/CHZlgDxZwU https://t.co/Z69AdFauzr

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.