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

Jun 4, 2021 @ 6:41am
@MichWPA @espn @USAWP Good luck to all of your teams this weekend.
Jun 3, 2021 @ 9:34pm
Gannon Athletics @GUKnights
Congratulations to @GUh2opolo's Nicole Wiemken for earning ACWPC All-American honors!

⚔️ 2x ACWPC All-American
⚔️ 2x WWPA All-Conference
⚔️ WWPA All-Tournament Team
⚔️ WWPA All-Freshman Team


Jun 3, 2021 @ 7:11pm
Can’t thank @espn enough for promoting @USAWP over the last week. The amount of tweets, retweets, posts, likes, shares, ❤️, thumbs up, new followers was amazing.

I bet you can’t do it again. 😜

USA Water Polo

Jun 14, 2021 @ 12:27pm
@JSpencerBoyce @waterpolocanada This is correct, we are seeing a blocked a stream in the US on the Eurovision site. Looks like there will be a gap in coverage in the United State until FloSports picks it up in the semifinal round.
Jun 14, 2021 @ 12:10pm
. @flosports set to have coverage of semifinals and finals only - (subscription required)
Jun 14, 2021 @ 12:09pm
UPDATE: USA Women open play at FINA World League Super Final today at 1:15pm et/10:15am pt against Greece in Athens.

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Jun 13, 2021 @ 11:28pm
@JSpencerBoyce @waterpolocanada @flosports Have you found any link for tomorrow's match on Flo Sports?
Jun 13, 2021 @ 8:38pm
The USA Women's National Team opens play at the @FINA1908 World League Super Final tomorrow in Athens, Greece. @WaterPoloCoachK has selected 14 athletes for the event.

@TeamUSA has won🥇at the last 6⃣ World League Super Finals.



Jun 14, 2021 @ 11:27am
KAP7 Tip of the Week Classic Edition: 6-5 Shooting Tips from Positions 1 & 5
Jun 14, 2021 @ 11:00am
Brown University Seeks Volunteer Assistant Women’s Water Polo Coach
Jun 13, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Judge Hubert Will: Water Polo Player, Spy & Would Be Commissioner of Baseball
Jun 13, 2021 @ 1:58pm
National Collegiate Athletic Association Releases 2021 Report of the Women’s Water Polo Committee
Jun 12, 2021 @ 8:46pm
Former Hartwick athlete/Hartwick assistant coach/Marist head coach Ashleigh Huckins featured in Manwithahat blog

American WP

May 20, 2021 @ 7:10pm
Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to Honor Memory of Official Greg Hallisey with Hallisey Varsity Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game Award
May 16, 2021 @ 11:30am
Upper Perkiomen School District (Pa.) Seeks Assistant Water Polo Coach
May 13, 2021 @ 3:42pm
Teams Sought for Puerto Rico Water Polo Open on August 5-8 & 12-15 in San Juan
May 8, 2021 @ 1:30pm
Wilshire Water Polo Clinics in Sinking Spring on June 23 & 30; July 7, 14 & 21
May 7, 2021 @ 10:00am
Nominations for 2020-21 American Water Polo Scholar Athlete Award Now Being Accepted



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.