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 21, 2018 @ 6:56am
@SunliteShootout @ConeyIslandPark @Stxwaterpolo @CityOfCincy Not cool! One of the many highlights of the fall season. @PowelCrosleyY? 2 courses?

USA Water Polo

Nov 21, 2018 @ 6:39am
The USA Men's and Women's National Teams are set to host exhibition action this December in Southern California. Tickets on-sale now! Live coverage of all games at - and live stats via @FOSH_Live.

Nov 21, 2018 @ 5:00am
One Way Water Polo had a great time learning about the sport of water polo at The #2018JOs this past summer! We caught up with one athlete who told us all about her Junior Olympics experience and why she loves water polo!
Nov 21, 2018 @ 2:28am
. @CIFNCS Open Division matches are currently postponed.

Girls - Acalanes vs Campolindo
Boys - Campolindo vs San Ramon Valley

We will share champions once the matches are played.
Nov 21, 2018 @ 2:28am
Congratulations to the @CIFNCS 2018 Water Polo Champions!
Div 1 Girls - Heritage 9 College Park 6
Div 2 Girls - Tamalpais 14 Alameda 12
Div 1 Boys - Tamalpais 8 Redwood 6
Div 2 Boys - Cardinal Newman 9 Terra Linda 8

Photos via @CIFNCS


Nov 21, 2018 @ 8:32am
No. 18 Princeton University Captures 2018 Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship with 12-10 Victory Over No. 12 Harvard University
Nov 21, 2018 @ 2:07am
St. Francis College Brooklyn Terriers Bite No. 16 Brown University Bears, 13-9, in 2018 Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship Third Place Game
Nov 20, 2018 @ 10:36pm
Snow Storm: No. 12 Harvard University Goes to the Final Seconds to Top No. 16 Brown University, 11-10, in 2018 Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship Semifinals
Nov 20, 2018 @ 8:52pm
No. 18 Princeton University Finds a Way in Taking Down St. Francis College Brooklyn, 9-7, in 2018 Northeast Water Polo Conference Semifinals
Nov 20, 2018 @ 7:48pm
Collegiate Water Polo Association Referee Education Rewind: Double Exclusion
Nov 20, 2018 @ 7:46pm
Collegiate Water Polo Association Referee Education Rewind: Contra Fouls

American WP

Oct 17, 2018 @ 11:58pm
Eric Gordon from Carolina Water Polo getting some much deserved coverage #growingwaterpolo #waterpolo
Oct 9, 2018 @ 2:43am
Georgia High School Girls State Champs! @KrakenWapo @GHSWPA
Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:22pm
American Water Polo & the Collegiate Water Polo Association will host the 2018 Clinic on Saturday, November 17 at the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship hosted by Fordham University ( @FordhamPolo @FordhamNYC )
Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:15am
Two-Time Olympian Brad Schumacher to Host Co-Ed Clinic on November 17 at Fordham University During 2018 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship



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.