Water Polo in Canada
Water Polo is a form of rugby, in the water, with two teams.
The rules of water polo were originally developed in the mid-nineteenth century in Great Britain by William Wilson. The modern game was formed as rugby played in rivers and lakes.
Water polo originated in the mid nineteenth century, around 1870 in Great Britain.
Each team consists of 13 players, seven of which are in the pool, one goalie and six field players.
Basic rules and regulations
The attacking team is the one that has the ball and is trying to score, and the defending team is trying to stop the attacking team so they can become attackers.
The ideal game is four periods, each being 8 minutes long. There is a five minute half time rest period and two-minute rest periods between quarters one and three.
A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the goal line within the goal posts. A goal can not be scored directly from a free throw, unless shot is taken from 5 meters or further with no delay. You can shoot for goal and you are also allowed to carry the ball right in yourself.
There are no set dimensions for the game, it all depends on the pool size, though the ideal depth is 1.8 meters.
Basic water polo strategy is most similar to basketball. Teams set up a six-player semi-circle around the goal, and one person stands in front of the net as a "goalie".
There are three kinds of fouls in this game. Minor, exclusion and penalty fouls.
Penalties include banishment from the remainder of the game, opposing team free throw, and 20-30 seconds taken away from the remaining time.
Little equipment is required, all you need is a swimsuit, a net, and a ball, a pool as well but that's obvious.
There are two national Canadian senior teams for men and women, many local town and city teams, and two Olympic water polo teams in Canada(men and women), which came in 11th at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing(men).
How has Water Polo changed since the beginning?
Water polo started in lakes and rivers, and didn't start with the name water polo, no one quite knows the originally intended name, but it soon got the nick name water polo because it looked like the popular horseback game polo, but in the water.
Now water polo is played in pools and has many more rules than since it started.
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