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

May 14, 2018 @ 9:03pm
Great weekend of water polo just passed us with @GLZLeague Champs, @NCAA_Water_Polo Champs, MI and @illpolo Playoffs and of course #mothersday. And we are only in May...bring on Summer!

USA Water Polo

May 22, 2018 @ 4:30am
ICYMI, @TheOlympicClub took home top honors at the 2018 Fisher Cup yesterday in San Diego. Results and stats via @FOSH_Live: https://t.co/lJEfYKdWgu #USAWPNL https://t.co/mXxxRx1oMO
May 22, 2018 @ 3:56am
Sad to hear about the passing of Canyon water polo player, Connor Ewing. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. https://t.co/aEcSr4fjJT
Dan Albano @ocvarsityguy
Sad news to pass along but this kid was blessed w/ a fighting spirit, great support -- Canyon water polo player, swimmer Connor Ewing has passed away from cancer at age 18
LINK> https://t.co/rO0J9MZKPZ #ripconnor
@CLKMathewson @WaterPoloTony @TotalWaterpolo https://t.co/MaQ3227srn
May 22, 2018 @ 1:13am
Congratulations to the Illinois ( @illpolo) High School State Champions!

Boys - Naperville Central ( @NCHSBoysPolo)
Girls - Stevenson ( @stevensonhs)

Photos via @IHSAState #MondayMotivation https://t.co/PqpVRjsv2k
May 21, 2018 @ 2:41pm
A big congratulations to the legend, Brenda Villa, on being inducted into the @ISHOF this weekend in Florida. Congratulations as well to Andy Burke and Bob Corb on their well-deserved ISHOF honors. Thanks to Felix Mercado for representing USA Water Polo. https://t.co/NVcRY3Wgmn
May 21, 2018 @ 10:04am
Stanford takes home second place at the 2018 Fisher Cup! #USAWPNL https://t.co/cqT2DrPSdx

CWPA

May 22, 2018 @ 3:53am
Did You Know: The New York Times wrote a story on club teams back in 2008 - including some comments from the Yale water polo team https://t.co/xjEW3wPSiC https://t.co/8Ufjtz6DJN
May 22, 2018 @ 12:08am
Knox, Ridge & Steere Named to Australia National Team Roster for 2018 FINA World League Super Finals https://t.co/qbxz4LTfXL https://t.co/HThptAqAhL

American WP

May 17, 2018 @ 4:26am
Walt Whitman High School (Md.) Seeks Head Water Polo Coach
https://t.co/kMnAQS48Dy https://t.co/72giT8sxtt
Apr 4, 2018 @ 4:44am
Collegiate Water Polo Association & American Water Polo Partner with Olympian Tony Azevedo for Officials/Coaches Clinics
https://t.co/txOZ03shQx https://t.co/P2wa5EMvzw
Mar 10, 2018 @ 2:44am
American Water Polo Mourns the Passing of Illinois Water Polo Official Bill Dolehide
https://t.co/HoK8ff7V7B https://t.co/IkgiIgNOEb
Mar 10, 2018 @ 2:13am
Daylight Saving Time to Begin on Sunday, March 11
https://t.co/sqYLKelD7K https://t.co/0nSIrzE33a

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.