Water polo is a team water sport contested by two teams. Each playing team consists of six players and one goalkeeper. The winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals. Game play involves treading water, swimming, players passing the ball while being defended by opponents and scoring by throwing the ball into a net defended by the opposing team’s goalkeeper.
Fun Fact - The Singapore men’s water polo team is the most dominant in the region having not lost in the Sea Games since Singapore’s independence in 1965 with this feat expected to continue.
Fun fact - The goal keeper is the only player who can touch the ball with his two hands within five meters area in front of the goal
The objective of the game is to get the ball into your opponent’s goal. A goal is considered scored if the ball completely passes between the goal posts and is underneath the crossbar. If the shot bounces off a goal post back into the field of play, no goal is scored, the ball is rebounded by the players and the shot clock is reset. If the shot goes outside the goal and on to the deck (outside the field of play), then the ball is automatically recovered by the defense. If the goalie or a defender is the last to touch the ball before it goes out of play behind the goal line, then the offense receives the ball at the two meter line for a corner throw much like a corner kick in football. When the goalie blocks a shot, the defense may gain control of the ball and make a long pass to a teammate who stayed on his offensive end of the pool while the rest of his team was defending.
Try out Waterpolo today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Waterpolo Ball
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
- Mouth Guard