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

May 31, 2020 @ 4:29pm
During a hike today, I saw a competitive pick-up soccer game. It was so much fun to see all the teamwork and intensity. We cheered them on. Saw 2 goals in 10 min so that was fun! #missingsports https://t.co/0GvH464JF5

USA Water Polo

May 29, 2020 @ 10:00pm
Kodi Hill of Garnish 'N Gather shares how she makes chocolate covered strawberries! Learn how to make this tasty treat🍓! #InstagramInterview #AtHomeUSAWP

Follow Kodi on IG at @Garnish_N_Gather or by visiting her blog: https://t.co/r6gIvUVzLh!

Full vid: https://t.co/e1RzDly8Hj https://t.co/Uoy44orRdT
May 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Could "Double Stuf" @Oreo cookies be the secret to great goal keeping?!

Maybe, but they ARE Alex Wolf's favorite snack! Oreos and I Am Pilgrim sounds like an eventful evening! #AtHomeUSAWP https://t.co/EHzVvTVheP
May 29, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Members don't forget to participate in this week's At Home challenge by paying homage to your favorite Women's National Team player. Complete a drawing, poem, essay, collage, etc and
send to AtHomeUSAWP @usawaterpolo.org by Monday June 1 at noon pst to enter to win! #AtHomeUSAWP https://t.co/aseHmBnhGa

CWPA

May 29, 2020 @ 2:03pm
Kap7 Tip of the Week
This week, two-time All-America goalie Jack Bowen continues his Lob Blocking techniques and fundamentals.

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May 26, 2020 @ 10:58am
CWPA Remote interview series continues as Penn State Behrend head coach Joe Tristan talks with CWPA Director of Communications Ed Haas about the Lions’ women’s program, coaching at the Division III level and advice he would offer to a coach starting out.

https://t.co/Go0hMcTicD https://t.co/b5UOUCc6kc
May 22, 2020 @ 4:41pm
This week Jack Bowen reviews a leg conditioning and positioning drill for blocking lob shots. Check out this awesome training video!

Link Here: https://t.co/JGtiMKpzPa https://t.co/HweM5neOCu
May 21, 2020 @ 10:50am
Washington & Jefferson College head water polo coach Nikola Malezanov was recently appointed to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Water Polo Committee.

Full Story Here: https://t.co/fts05x5v1I https://t.co/ov7T8URv8l
May 19, 2020 @ 7:18pm
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir featured Brown University men’s water polo players Will Collier and Aidan Reilly who created The FarmLink Project to help combat hunger, food waste, unemployment and more during the CoronaVirus/COVID-10 pandemic.

https://t.co/ZXqDKQZmFy https://t.co/FgIDHHtR3v
May 19, 2020 @ 3:18pm
CWPA Remote Varsity
This week we have Scott Reed, Head Coach of Macalester College Water Polo, talk to us about his time as a player, coach, the upcoming season, and advice for time in quarantine.

https://t.co/LDOs5VB2na https://t.co/9q0GsndcEH

American WP

May 30, 2020 @ 3:11pm
Looking for a Place to Play: Check Out the Collegiate Water Polo Association Men’s Mid-Atlantic Division
https://t.co/risAvAvY7W @CWPAClubs @CWPAWaterPolo https://t.co/WtVtvOMWCC
May 30, 2020 @ 3:04pm
Looking for a Place to Play: Check Out the Collegiate Water Polo Association Women’s Mid-Atlantic Division
https://t.co/s4TN5x1IOe @CWPAWaterPolo @CWPAClubs https://t.co/urfF2hfI5c
May 28, 2020 @ 5:08pm
Water Polo College Recruiting Q&A: Salem University's Rob Bullion & Justin Kassab @SalemH2O @SalemUTigers
https://t.co/OvyKAn8oE5
May 28, 2020 @ 4:51pm
Water Polo College Recruiting Q&A: Monmouth College's Peter Ollis @ScotsH20Polo
https://t.co/VLrlHNGwMk

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.