Water Polo Basics

Water polo brief summary (By Tom Woods)

 

  1. Game is like soccer in the water but with your hands.

  2. 6 + 1 goalie = a team.

  3. Can only hold the ball with one hand at a time, except the goalie.

  4. Physical contact is perfectly fine so long as you are not holding or impeding someone.

  5. The Game

    1. 8 minute quarters

    2. Quarters start with a swim off to the ball. Teams line up on the goal line.

    3. Unlimited fouling, except for major fouls (impeding, free throw interference, etc…)

    4. Referee awards the ball after a foul by signaling with his arm the direction of the throw.

    5. IMPORTANT: If you are holding the ball an opposing player can take it by whatever means necessary so long as it is a play on the ball. However, if you let go of the ball while someone is on top of you, you will draw a foul and be awarded a free throw!

  6. Keys to Success:

    1. Swim fast to get an advantage over the opposing team to be able to shoot and score!

    2. Make fast transitions from defense to offense for the same reason.

    3. When on defense never let the offensive team get a position advantage. Stay between your man and the goal.

    4. When you get the ball in scoring position shoot for the corners of the goal. Throwing at the goalie is not effective.

    5. Score more goals than the other team.

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