An Overview of Water Polo
Water Polo is a team sport consisting of 13 players with seven in the water at a time (six field players and one goalkeeper). The aim of the game is to score the most points by having the ball cross the goal line within the floating goal nets. Field players play both offense and defence. It is very similar to team handball and ice hockey because power play situations occur. Water polo is an aquatic activity that requires endurance, strategy and some physical contact, but it is an extremely fun sport.
Basic game rules:
Play starts with a sprint by both teams to the ball, which is dropped in the pool by the referee
The game is played while treading water or swimming with the ball
Players can advance the ball by swimming or passing
Once a player is given the ball, their choice is to swim with the ball or make a pass.
Players may catch or throw the ball with just one hand (only the goalie can touch the ball with two hands)
After a goal, play starts in the middle of the pool. Teams can use this time to substitute players
When the referee whistles to indicate an infraction or foul, players must pass the ball to a teammate before shooting on goal
Players (except the goalie) do not touch the bottom of the pool when the ball is in play
Dunking the ball under water is not allowed
A man up or power play situation occurs when there is a kick out or violation of the game rules
Stingrays Water Polo Program
While we welcome players of any ability, participants must be able to swim 25 metres and be comfortable in deep water. Playing experience is not necessary.
Just a swim suit is needed – everything else is provided.
There will be two 1.25 hour practices weekly including 15 minutes of dry-land training.
Attendance at all tournaments is not mandatory. We do, however, expect 100% commitment once you sign-up to participate in a particular tournament.
Play time policy
Stingrays water polo players are given equal play time during tournaments.
Attend as many practices as possible and be punctual
Commit to games and tournaments he /she signed up for
Show up for tournaments in support of the Stingrays and respect for other teams
The Chilliwack Stingrays is offering water polo to all members of any Fraser Valley Region Club not already offering water polo.
BCSSA Water Polo
The Stingrays are members of BCSSA and therefore, abide by their rules, including defining water polo as a co-ed sport. A team must have a minimum of three boys and girls in the water at all times. The goalie could either be a boy or a girl.
The season starts in early May to the beginning of August. There are some tournaments on weekends in the months of May and June, but the majority are during the week days in July so as not to conflict with weekend swim meets. The Regional championships are usually held during the last week of July or first week of August. Regional champions then go on to the Provincial games which are held a couple of weeks later.
A water polo player’s age as of December 31st each year shall be used to determine the competitor category.