Water Polo is a team sport within the swimming pool. The sport is like soccer but utilizes different tactics used in basketball to play in the swimming pool.
A team of water polo players consists of 13 players. At any point in time, six field players and one goalie are allowed in the water.
How is the game played?
The team with the greatest number of scored goals against their opponents at the end of the game wins the match.
The game requires players to tread water the whole time as they are not allowed to touch the bottom of the swimming pool. Often, they thread water using an eggbeater kick which is the most efficient way of threading water in water.
The match starts with a swim-off where the ball is in the middle of the playing field as they line up against their goal lines. Whichever team managed to reach the ball first would have the first possession of the game and would be able to advance first.
The player can only hold the ball with one hand at any point in time, but they can use both hands for the goalkeeper. Players can move the ball by passing it to their teammate or swimming with the ball by pushing the ball in front of them.
All players must return to their own half after each goal. The team which got scored against resumes the match with the ball.
Water polo matches are officiated by two referees, one on either side of the pool. The game is regulated by the referees, who are the only officials who can give fouls.
How long does a water polo match last?
There are four quarters of eight minutes in a water polo match under FINA rules.
The average quarter lasts about 12 minutes because the clock is stopped when the ball is not in play.
Each team is only allowed to keep the ball for a maximum of 30 seconds before shooting for the goal. If they have not done so, the ball is passed to the opposing team.
What are the benefits of playing water polo?
In comparison to swimming, you rely heavily on your teammates throughout the game, resulting in an excellent team bonding activity. Since you are just as good as your weakest link, you will have to work together towards their goals. Thus, it is necessary for them to plan out their strategy together and execute it to overcome their competitor.
Mannerisms are learned by children and reiterated to adults through team sports. Participants hold themselves to a “good sport” standard by not throwing tantrums during a loss and respecting the abilities of their competitors. They also exercise the ability to empathize with other competitors who may not be as successful and refrain from becoming boastful after a win.
Team sports are an excellent way for people to enhance their social skills. Water polo requires teamwork and clear communication to be efficient. Water Polo is a competitive sport, so you’ll have to get to know your teammates better to coordinate and develop different strategies.
As students play the sport, they would start developing different strategies to figure out the best way to move together as a team and figure out the best way to score a goal against the opponents.
Often students are on the move and require changes in their positioning when attacking and defending. Therefore, they do many twisting, turning, and throwing, which is all core-driven muscles.
Water polo is a high-paced game that requires students to sprint from one end to another, which is essentially doing interval training. They can end up swimming of upwards of 3 kilometers on average in a game.
It is also easy on the joints as the water place less strain on the joints and the muscle, preventing general aches and pains associated with traditional fitness.
It may sound like a plain and simple sport. But it is tremendously fun. To some, they might find it tedious and tiring to chase back and forth for the ball. The game adds another element to the sport of swimming and makes it less dull compared to swimming laps daily.