An Introduction to Water Polo <ul><li>Water polo is a team sport similar to sports like soccer and football. The game is played between two teams, each consisting of six field players and a goalie. The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team in order to win. Points are scored by throwing the ball into the opponent’s net. Water polo is known for it’s vicious and overly competitive nature, but is often mistaken as nothing more than a wrestling match. </li></ul>
The Basics A water polo team is composed of six field players; a point (center forward), two drivers (forwards), two defenders and a hole. The hole player sits in front of the opponents net when their team has possession of the ball, giving them a good scoring opportunity. The hole player is usually guarded by the opposing point play (or hole-check).
The Basics In order for players to work well together as a team, they must understand the game, be aware of scoring opportunities and communicate with one another. Only by working together and communicating can the players truly become a good team.
Number of Goals Per Season Based on the statistics of the McMaster men’s and women’s varsity teams
Versatility Due to the high intensity and the unpredictability of water polo, each player must be able to play all the different positions and be versatile to change within the game. By being flexible, each player can guard every position and defend their net more efficiently and effectively.
The level of competition, intensity and physical strain that is encompassed in the game of water polo make it one of the most intense and competitive sports in the world. Competitive Nature
Number of Offensive Ejections Per Season Based on the McMaster men’s varsity water polo team statistics