Water polo is one of the most popular water sports, which combines elements of wrestling, basketball, and soccer. If you want to start playing it with your friends, here are the fundamentals you have to know.

The Pool

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To play this water sport you will need access to a rectangular pool that is at least 7 feet deep and 82 feet long, as the players should stay off the bottom. Set up one goal at each of its ends, which should be 9×9 feet, but if you want something more informal you can use trashcans or anything similar.

The Team

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The game is played by two teams with seven players, but you can play informally with any even number of players. Just like in soccer, team members use the same colour as the cap and the goalie uses a different one.

Starting the Game

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When you are about to start, the ball must be in the center of the pool because the beginning is marked by the team’s efforts to reach the ball before their opponents. Shout to start the game with everybody racing at the same time.

Set the Clock

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Just like in basketball, no team member is allowed to hold the ball without passing it to another for more than 30 seconds. Additionally, that is the amount of time a team as a whole can have the ball and attempt to score, once the time is up the ball has to be given to the other team. Another reason to reset the clock is a major foul being committed.

Focus on the Ball

You will have to do a lot of wrestling, but you can’t wrestle a player that doesn’t have the ball and you can’t kick, hold or grab any players.

Start following this beginner’s guide and enjoy all the fun and physical activity that comes with playing water polo.

Beginner’s Guide – How to Play Water Polo