How to Play Water Polo


The game of Water Polo is very much famous around the world, so let us have an overview of Water Polo so that we can understand the game better.

How to Play Water Polo

Movement of the Ball during the Game of Water Polo

The players can move the ball by throwing it to their teammates or can keep in possession by swimming with it. Players are not allowed to keep the ball underwater so that they can avoid their opponent to get the possession back. The players are also not allowed to push or hold the opposite player. Because Water polo is an immensely aggressive sport, faults are regular and natural, but yet players play it with enough enthusiasm and stamina.

Passing of the Ball during the Game of Water Polo

Water Polo is one more game which requires excellent hand-eye coordination. It requires the flawlessness to handle and pass the ball and this is exactly where good teams look different than the best or great teams. A ‘dry pass’ means the ball not touching the water requires intense speed and a fluid motion by the players. It also requires the best technique to catch and throw. A ‘wet pass’ means a deliberate pass where the ball touches the water to a player who is in the offensive position. The wet pass is delivered when a player is near to the goal post.

Waterpolo pool diagram
Waterpolo pool diagram

Fouls did in a Water Polo Game

Two types of fouls can occur when the game of Water polo is being played. One is when a fouler gives up the ball and backs off. Second is when there is an ejection or a kick out of the ball. When someone is more aggressive than it is required like drowning or smacking opposite or any player, it is called ejection. After 3 such ejections, the player can be banned by the referee.

Fouls made by the defenders are mainly happening when they obstruct the opponent’s ball movement. Unlike the other games in Water polo the players do not have to get out of the playing area when they have committed fouls, over here the play continues, but yes, if the player has made three ejections then he will have to be removed. Persistent and unwanted discussion by the team coach with the referee may also lead to foul and the coach or the official may be asked to leave the playing area by the referee.

Judges and officials for Water polo

There is a referee who looks over the entire game. The goal judge keeps the watch on the legality of the goals. The table officials too, like referee keeps the watch on the game plus the rules are maintained during the game. They also keep the watch on the true information which should be conveyed to everyone concerned. Timekeeper keeps the eye on the timing of all the periods plus on the shots which should not be delayed by more than 30 seconds as per the rule.

We hope you love this game, BTW you can also check some interesting facts about Water Polo


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