Intro to Rules
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Monday, 27 June 2011 13:59

The playing area for water polo is 30 X 20 meters and 2 meters deep. Seven players (a goalkeeper and six field players) complete at a time with each team having 13 players. Players can only handle the ball with one hand with the exception being the goalkeeper. There are four quarters in a game, with each quarter being seven minutes in length. There is a two minute break between each quarter. If the game is tied after four quarters, two periods of overtime are played, with each period being three minutes in length. Sudden death overtime is played if the score is still tied after overtime.

Teams can substitute players after a goal is scored, between periods, for an ejected player, or by swimming to their bench corner and tagging an entering player. There are three time-outs per team during the game. A goal is scored when the ball completely passes the face of the goal. If a goal is scored from more than seven meters out, then two points are awarded. As in basketball, the offensive team has a time limit to shoot the ball. In water polo the shot clock is set at 35 seconds.

Fouls can occur during the game and range from touching the ball with two hands, taking the ball under water when tackled, and pushing off an opponent. The offended team is awarded a free throw at the point of the foul. Major fouls include kicking or striking, and holding, sinking or pulling back an opponent not holding the ball. Major fouls result in the player being excluded for 20 seconds.

Note that is a general outline of the rules. Calgary Water Polo League rules will be adjusted by age and level of play. Tournament rules held in Calgary follow officials rules as established by Water Polo Canada and the international governing body FINA.

What you'll need
Only a good pair of swimming goggles and a swimsuit are required. Water polo is a relatively a inexpensive sport for equipment.

Here's a slightly more detailed "How to Watch Water Polo", published in USA.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 August 2011 19:01