Water Polo is a competitive team sport where two teams attempt to swim and score a goal by throwing a ball into the opposing teams net. Originally played to showcase an individuals strength and swimming skills, water polo has continued to be a constant team sport in the Olympic games since 1900. Typical teams consist of 6 field players and 1 goal keeper, with the winning team having scored the most goals during the four quarters of the game. During the course of the game, players are required to tread water, and often use an eggbeater technique to stay afloat.

How do you play water polo?

Water polo is played on a 30 meter (98 feet) by 20 meters (65 feet) with two teams of 7 players: one goalie and 6 field players. The objective of the game is to swim for the ball in the beginning and score a goal on your opposing team's net.

How long is a water polo game?

A water polo match has four eight-minute periods that combine for total 32-minute playing time. Time can be affected by the 30-second shot clock if the opposing team takes too long to shot, or fouls and penalties can also make the match last longer.

How deep is water polo pool?

The minimum depth of water in water polo must be 1.8 meters (6 feet) for practicality purposes. Any lower than that and players won't be able to swim comfortably especially since field players cannot touch the ground when playing.

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Water Polo Ball - Size 5
Size comparison diagram of the Water Polo Ball (Size 5) compared to other similar sports balls

A Water Polo Ball is the ball used to play Water polo and Canoe polo. A Water Polo Ball is distinguished by its yellow color. It is easy to hold a Water Polo Ball with one hand due to its textured surface. A Water Polo Ball easily stands out it the water and floats as well.

Water Polo Balls are available in 2 sizes – the largest intended for men and the smallest for women. Some Water Polo Balls have a colored middle stripe like blue, green, red, black or yellow, with the rest of the ball being yellow. Unique designs and color combinations are at times allowed for special competitions.

Size 5 Water Polo Balls have a diameter of 8.5”-8.9” (21.65-22.6 cm) and circumference of 26.78”-27.95” (68-71 cm). The mass of a Size 5 Water Polo Ball is between 14-16 oz (400-450 g) with a pressure of 13-14 psi (90-97 kPa).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Water Polo Ball (Size 5) measured with diameter and circumference
A Water Polo Ball is the ball used to play Water polo and Canoe polo. A Water Polo Ball is distinguished by its yellow color. It is easy to hold a Water Polo Ball with one hand due to its textured surface. A Water Polo Ball easily stands out it the water and floats as well.

Size 5 Water Polo Balls have a diameter of 8.5”-8.9” (21.65-22.6 cm) and circumference of 26.78”-27.95” (68-71 cm). The mass of a Size 5 Water Polo Ball is between 14-16 oz (400-450 g) with a pressure of 13-14 psi (90-97 kPa).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Water Polo Ball (Size 5) measured with diameter and circumference
Water Polo Ball - Size 5
Height:
8.5”-8.9” | 21.65-22.6 cm (Diameter)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
14-16 oz | 400-450 g
Area:

Circumference: 26.78”-27.95” | 68-71 cm
Pressure: 13-14 psi | 90-97 kPa

Materials: Waterproof nylon

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