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

Jun 30, 2022 @ 12:11pm
The USA Women will take on the winner of Hungary/Netherlands on Saturday at 2pm et/11am pt. Live streaming of the #FINABudapest2022 Gold Medal final will be available on Facebook PPV for $1.99 https://t.co/tT3K6Fp0zU
Jun 30, 2022 @ 12:03pm
The @TeamUSA women will play for World Championship GOLD! They defeat Italy 14-6 at #FINABudapest2022. 9 different players find the cage and @LonganAmanda racks up 19 saves!
Jun 30, 2022 @ 11:47am
Fourth quarter action, Team USA leads 11-3.
Jun 30, 2022 @ 11:40am
USA Women lead Italy 8-2 in the third quarter.
Jun 30, 2022 @ 11:28am
First half complete in Budapest, the USA Women lead Italy 6-2. #FINABudapest2022
Jun 30, 2022 @ 11:26am
Now 6-2 USA in the lead with about 90 seconds to play in the first half.

CWPA

Jun 30, 2022 @ 1:22pm
University of California-Merced Seeks Head Men’s & Women’s Water Polo Coach
https://t.co/T3lryE3KQ3 https://t.co/840cxwEJcg
Jun 29, 2022 @ 9:03am
Long Island University Appoints Gabby Juarez as Director of Water Polo & Men’s Water Polo Head Coach
https://t.co/h3D1br61co https://t.co/z4TiYBxLsD
Jun 28, 2022 @ 8:40pm
Congratulations to Brendan Fahey ( @FaheyBrendan) on his appointment as Wagner College's Director of Athletics
https://t.co/0EmGvHKKCb https://t.co/nc4x0kgSvF
Jun 28, 2022 @ 8:14pm
Indiana University Alumnae Jessica Gaudreault & Shae La Roche Help Canada Knock Off Kazakhstan, 19-11, to Reach 2022/19th FINA World Championship Ninth Place Game
https://t.co/WSIr9dN2Zt https://t.co/vKuCPoZH7A

American WP

May 25, 2022 @ 5:59pm
American Water Polo Changes Safety Certification Process to National Federation of High Schools
https://t.co/B5EAN1d12d
Mar 29, 2022 @ 2:52pm
2022 Main Line League Boys’ 18U Blue Games at Perkiomen Valley Moved to Wissahickon High School
https://t.co/lmX7fgFeo8 https://t.co/xpb6CjIPlZ
Jul 11, 2021 @ 5:33pm
Congratulations to North Penn - 2021 National State Challenge 18U Boys Champion https://t.co/oN3fEHRI5U

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.