How to play Water Polo

The image above is of Kelowna Water Polo players warming up prior to a scrimmage.

The game consists of swimming (with and without the ball), using a special form of treading water known as the eggbeater kick, throwing, catching, and shooting the ball. All throwing and catching must be done using a single hand. Each team consists of 6 field players and a goalkeeper. Except for the goalkeeper, players participate in both offensive and defensive roles.

The game is thought to have originated in Scotland in the late 19th century as a sort of “water rugby”.

Players can move the ball by throwing it to a teammate or swimming with the ball in front of them. Players are not permitted to push the ball underwater in water polo in order to keep it from an opponent, or push or hold an opposing player unless that player is holding the ball. If a player does push the ball underwater when it is in their possession, that will result in a “turnover” which is when you have to hand the ball over to the other team

At Kelowna Water Polo we do our best to introduce newcomers to the rules of water polo, but keep “having fun” as the first priority.

In an attempt to make this page show up on Google searches… we will write the words Kelowna Water Polo again.  Just so you know you’ve found Kelowna Water Polo’s little advertising page for Kelowna Water Polo.

Water polo in Kelowna.


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