Thursday, March 28, 2019

Water Polo from A to Z

The most exciting part of my life in the past two months is watching my daughter's water polo games.  She doesn't always play in the big games, but her coach does an incredible job of working players into the rotation for the games where we are sure to win.  There is only one team.

I love watching the games regardless of whether my kid plays. I've played soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, track, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. I've coached volleyball, cheerleading, track, ultimate frisbee and girls' flag football I've watched many many sports live and on TV. I used to think that men's volleyball was my favorite sport, but my new most favorite spectator sport is water polo.   It's a whole new vocabulary. Here's what I've learned so far.Obviously, I'm still filling in the blanks.

Attire for referees- all white shirt, shoes & pants
Brutality is a violent foul where the intent is to harm and the player is thrown out of the game.
Counter attack- like a fast break in basketball.
Dribble the ball not like basketball at all.
Eggbeater kicks
Fouls- Ordinary, Exclusion & Penalty
Goal Throw
High neck zip up suits are what female players wear.
Lob shot
Man to man defense
Neutral Throw
Overtime- a tie game will lead to this.
Possession clock like the shot clock on basketball.
Quarters per match-4
Releases- three finger, two finger, top-spin, side arm & index.
USA Water Polo is the governing body.
Wet pass
Yellow balls with grippy textured materials that are smaller for the women's game.


  1. Love this Beth! Wow you've learned a lot in the past few months. We really enjoyed watching the game and learning more about the sport. J.... Jump shot or jump throw - we saw a few of those where they kicked underwater it was pretty cool?

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