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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Aug 7, 2020 @ 9:00pm
. @GregMescall chats with reps from @USADodgeball, @USAClimbing, USA Breakin', and @usasurfteam to discuss their plight of getting into the Olympic Games and how their respective sports are growing. #WhyWePlay #AtHomeUSAWP

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Aug 7, 2020 @ 8:30pm
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Aug 7, 2020 @ 7:00pm
As we continue our #WhyWePlay series, we have to celebrate some awesome reasons to play #waterpolo, as told by some of our community members!

Why do YOU play water polo?
Aug 7, 2020 @ 5:30pm
As we continue to celebrate #WhyWePlay we throw it back to the 2004 Athens Olympics where the Women's National Team bounced back from a heartbreaking last second semifinal defeat to win the bronze medal 6-5 over Australia led by 3 goals from Ellen Estes! 🤽🏻‍♀️🇺🇸🥉 #FlashbackFriday


Aug 5, 2020 @ 2:50pm
CWPA announces 171 women’s varsity players earn recognition on the league’s 2020 Women’s Scholar-Athlete Team.
Aug 3, 2020 @ 10:54am
George Washington University released a statement detailing the institution’s plan to streamline athletics and eliminate seven programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year.
Aug 1, 2020 @ 11:42am
The KAP7 Tip of the Week series continues.

This week, two-time Olympian John Mann demonstrates a conditioning drill that starts with a stable base position under the weight of the defender and carries through to finishing the shot.
Jul 24, 2020 @ 3:12pm
This week, two-time Olympian John Mann shows us a drill that combines conditioning with finishing the shot.
Jul 23, 2020 @ 3:43pm
Dan Sharadin, Commissioner of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) and Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC), announced the decision to not offer Fall 2020 competition in both the MAWPC and the NWPC.
Jul 21, 2020 @ 3:53pm
CWPA Remote interview continues as McKendree University men’s and women’s head coach and collegiate club assistant coach Colleen Lischwe talks with CWPA Director Ed Haas about recruiting for and coaching water polo programs on both collegiate levels.

American WP

Aug 6, 2020 @ 10:43pm
Check Out the @KAP7WaterPolo YouTube Channel for Tips & Tricks to Improve Fundamental Skills
Aug 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm
American Water Polo Athlete Profile: Eagle Water Polo's Amira Abbasi @GHSWPA @amiraabbasi
Aug 4, 2020 @ 5:19pm
Looking for a Place to Play: Check Out the Collegiate Water Polo Association Men’s Colonial Division @MiddPolo @UMass_WaterPolo @CWPAClubs
Aug 3, 2020 @ 5:00pm
Water Polo College Recruiting Q&A: San Diego State University’s Carin Crawford @aztecwaterpolo @SDSU
Aug 3, 2020 @ 11:09am
KAP7 Remote Training: Day 11 – Kickboard War & Wrestling with Olympian Wolf Wigo



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.