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Monday, 12 February 2007 06:12

Water Polo

Water polo players Water Polo is played between two teams of six players

Water polo is a team water sport. A team consists of six field players and one goalkeeper. The winner of a game is the team scoring the most goals.

A good water polo athlete must be fit enough to swim end-to-end of a 30-metre pool non-stop many times during a game. The freestyle stroke used in water polo differs from the usual swimming style in that water polo players must swim with their heads out of water at all times so they can observe the field.

Since players (except the goalkeepers) are only allowed to touch the ball with one hand at a time, they must develop the ability to catch and throw the ball with either hand. Experienced water polo players can catch and release a pass or shot with a single motion. Players can also dribble with the ball by pushing it along in front of them.

Fouls are common with defenders allowed to make contact only with the player in possession and not allowed to impede their progress.


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