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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Apr 12, 2021 @ 8:30pm
It was another busy week in Europe for the Men's National Team players abroad as action continued. @dwoodhead10 and @DaubeHannes were several Men's National Team players who put up big goal numbers last week. That and more in this week's round up:
Apr 12, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Check out the trailer for a brand new water polo themed anime coming out this year: RE-MAIN by @MappaStudios

A young man who loved water polo, lost his dream, but now he's returned to the pool.

#waterpolo #MondayMotivation
Apr 12, 2021 @ 4:46pm
Letter from @CEOusawp to @GovHawaii, Hawaii Dept of Health and Hawaii Dept of Education regarding return to play.

More: #LetThemPlay
Apr 12, 2021 @ 4:00pm
Baytown Sterling is one of the many teams in Texas that have built a strong foundation for #waterpolo over the years. They are excited for the way the sport is growing in the state. More via @vypehouston

MORE: #TexasWaterPolo #sportgrowth
Apr 12, 2021 @ 1:00pm
U.S. Olympic Hopeful, Ben Stevenson shares some of his #waterpolo journey and what his year has looked like as he trains overseas.


Apr 12, 2021 @ 4:58pm
Mount St. Mary’s University to Stream Collegiate Water Polo Association Tripleheader with No. 21 Bucknell University & No. 25 Saint Francis University on April 17
Apr 12, 2021 @ 4:19pm
Collegiate Water Polo Association Releases Seeding & Information for 2021 CWPA Division III Championship at Carthage College on April 17-18
Apr 12, 2021 @ 2:11pm
Collegiate Water Polo Association Releases Week 10/April 12 Women’s Varsity Scores
Apr 12, 2021 @ 12:59pm
Macalester College Concludes Abbreviated 2021 Season by Turning Back Carthage College, 15-2 & 20-7
Apr 11, 2021 @ 8:36pm
Macalester 20, Carthage 7 FINAL (Women's)
Apr 11, 2021 @ 7:22pm
No. 7 University of Michigan Clinches Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship #1 Seed by Dropping No. 21 Bucknell University, 15-6, & No. 25 Saint Francis University, 20-3

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Jan 3, 2021 @ 3:27pm
Check Out the 2020-21 National Collegiate Athletic Association Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
Dec 17, 2020 @ 10:19am
Behind the Whistle: A Conversation with Official Mike Gordon
Dec 16, 2020 @ 11:34pm
Behind the Whistle: A Conversation with Official Mike McMahon
Dec 16, 2020 @ 4:57pm
Behind the Whistle: A Conversation with Alex Stankevitch
Nov 20, 2020 @ 5:16pm
Polovolo Launches the First Sport-Specific Digital Platform for Water Polo Recruiting



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.