This water sport is practiced in a swimming pool and has similar characteristics to handball . Both sports are played with the same number of players and the objective is identical: to score more goals than the opposing team. Water Polo
Main bases and rules
The pool measures are different for men and women (30 m long by 22 m wide for men and 25 m long and 22 m wide for women).
There is a color signaling system (red signals mark the side area, white ones the goal line and the center of the pool and yellow ones establish a distance of 5 meters from the goal line).
It is practiced with seven players (six plus the goalkeeper). The ball must be yellow and can only be caught with one hand, except for the goalkeeper who can use both. On the other hand, the ball cannot sink and when this occurs a foul is determined. Water Polo
The team is formed by the seven athletes who are in the water plus six who are in the reserve.
Player changes can be made at any time and unlimited.
As with basketball, each team has a maximum possession time (30 seconds). A total of 4 beats of 8 minutes each are played, with two-minute intervals between one beat and another.
To control the incidences of the game there is a referee and others at the table who assist you. Players from each team wear a different colored cap to be distinguished, while goalkeepers wear a red cap. Water Polo
A complete sport
It requires great physical endurance and a remarkable skill with handling the ball. This sport combines the skills of other sports: the technique and strength of swimming and the team strategy of football and handball.
A little of history
Like many other sports, water polo was first practiced in the UK in the 19th century. Before the first regulations, it was played in rivers or at sea with an indeterminate number of players and without bars (the objective of the game was to take the ball to the opponent’s line, which was marked with small boats). Water Polo
In 1870, in the city of London, the first association was founded and it began to be practiced in swimming pools. It has been an Olympic sport since the second edition of the Olympic Games , more specifically in Paris, in the year 1900.