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

Sep 26, 2018 @ 1:30am
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CWPA

Sep 26, 2018 @ 6:33am
Collegiate Water Polo Association Releases September 24 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Players of the Week https://t.co/inWVL7TLT2 https://t.co/Sw0nXcAfCg
Sep 26, 2018 @ 5:33am
Congratulations to Mercyhurst University's Nash Greeven - Week 4/September 24 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Rookie of the Week & Co-Defensive Player of the Week https://t.co/XO3aIUgHi3
Sep 26, 2018 @ 5:13am
Congratulations to Wagner College's Cameron Woldt - Week 4/September 24 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Co-Defensive Player of the Week https://t.co/7U70zRLVEl
Sep 26, 2018 @ 5:05am
Congratulations to Wagner College's Oscar Nomura - Week 4/September 24 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Player of the Week https://t.co/DTM8mB8tA6
Sep 26, 2018 @ 4:24am
National Collegiate Athletic Association Releases Frequently Asked Questions on Uniforms & Contest Delays for 2018-19 Water Polo Seasons https://t.co/mjoy3cYQAN https://t.co/A81VWc5IMu
Sep 26, 2018 @ 4:10am
Nothing like wandering through parking lots in the Philly suburbs and finding fellow water polo fans https://t.co/w0L6yPvdYk

American WP

Sep 19, 2018 @ 11:34pm
Happy Yom Kippur to all American Water Polo membership, staff and fans https://t.co/VpBizmCPeR
Sep 19, 2018 @ 5:43am
2018 Beast of the East Schedule Released; Tournament Set for September 28-29
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Sep 1, 2018 @ 1:00am
NCAA Water Polo comes to Pittsburgh https://t.co/IfuD4LLnpp
Come check it out!
Aug 7, 2018 @ 12:49am
381 Recognized with 2017-18 American Water Polo Scholar-Athlete Award
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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.