Water Polo

A water sport with two teams of swimmers each of which tries to pass a ball into the other's goal.

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What is water polo in french?

Le Water pola

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How many black players play professional water polo?

Actually.... just this year (2010) a black water polo player retired from the game after playing the sport for over a decade.

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How do you lose air out of a water polo ball?

A waterpolo ball will deflate for the same reason as any other ball, i.e. if it has a puncture.

If you want to deliberately deflate a waterpolo ball then it is the same as a football, the easiest way is to get a valve used to pump the ball up, without the pump attached. This will allow the air to escape.

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How do you improve the popularity of water polo?

To be honest, the future of Water Polo does not look good. Each year since 2003, the number of water polo players globally has decreased by an average of 8500. This may be because of the reason that Water Polo is seen as a sport played by "queers", who enjoy wrestling other sopping wet men in thongs. Many ex-water polo players have revealed their fear of returning to public pools because of their scarred past, in which many were abused by fellow players. One water polo player has been labelled as a"perverted rabbit" after brutally "discreetly" abusing all the members on his water polo team.

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How many people are on a water polo team?

In the water at any one time each team has 7 players (6 outfield players and 1 goalie) playing, therefore from both teams a total of fourteen are in the pool playing.

However a team also consists of up to 6 substitutes making a team of 13 players including the goalies. An active player has to have left the pool before a substitute can replace them, however this can occur at any time during the match, substitutions do not have to wait until a break in play. The reason for the large number of substitutes is due to the physical nature of the game requiring regular substitutions to allow players to play at their full capacity. Also with only 6 outfield players there is no where to hide during a match, with all players having to actively contribute to attack and defense.

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Why do many water polo players wear 2 speedos?

Water polo players often wear 2 speedos because players will often grab others' speedos in order to get better positioning during the game and the speedos can sometimes rip. Players wear 2 speedos 1) so that speedos wont rip and 2) it makes it a little harder to grab onto them when there are 2.

I watch a lot of Pac 10 matches and I rarely see any players wearing 2 suits. Maybe

the suits and drawstrings are being made stronger. Often in the old days a broken drawstring was quite common and when it was broken the suit obviously would

not stay up, so if the guy wasn't wearing another suit he could borrow one from a fellow player who was wearing two. But like I said, seldom see that anymore.

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Is water polo the oldest surviving team sport?

No, water polo originated as a form of rugby football played in rivers and lakes in England and Scotland and since rugby originated from football (or soccer) then this is the oldest surviving team sport. Waterpolo was the among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic games in 1900

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How to play billiards?

Aren’t those scenes in The Color of Money where Paul Newman and Tom Cruise hustle pool players for money just classic? No longer considered a spurn on society as they were at the time of The Color of Money, billiards can be a fun family game or a relaxing way to hang out with friends after work at a local bar.

Pool is one of those games where you get better with practice. Even though you don’t have to be exceptionally good at either math or science, both come into play with billiards as you strategize angled shots, banking the ball, etc.

So, let’s start with the basics. Pool is played with 15 colored balls and a cue ball. Of the 15 colored balls, eight are solid and seven are striped. One solid-colored ball is a special ball, and that is the black 8- ball. Cue sticks are what you use to hit the cue ball on the table. You don’t hit any of the colored balls directly with the cue stick; you have to aim the white cue ball into the other balls to knock them into the side pockets.

The most common game in billiards is called 8-ball, and the object of the game is to get all of your balls (one player plays the solid-color balls; one player plays the striped balls) into the pockets before the other player gets all of his or her balls into the pockets, without hitting the black 8-ball into a pocket. Who shoots the striped balls and who shoots the solid ones? When the balls are racked up into the triangle-shaped wooden rack, one player “breaks” the balls apart by aiming the white cue ball at them, causing them to separate. Whoever hits the first ball into a pocket, whichever type of ball it was, striped or colored, determines who gets which type of ball. The game continues from there until someone has sunk every ball, including the black 8-ball.

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Where was water polo fist played?

England

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What colour hat does a water polo goal keeper wear?

white

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How much does it cost to participate in water polo?

It depends on where you want to play. If its for a club team its usually about 50 dollars.

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Are most water polo players tall?

It does give players an advantage such faster swimming speeds, more reach and big hands. However, not all water polo players are tall. I know a someone who was 3rd team all-american and she is barely over 5'6".

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How much does equipment for water polo cost?

The most expensive piece of equipment for water polo can be the pool unless you have access to open water (e.g. a lake or the sea).

The next most expensive piece of equipment are the goals; these will range from £1,000+ for a good set down to around £100 for a plastic set which are only good for practicing with.

Other equipment needed are a ball (around £40), a pair of trunks (£10 - £30) and a hat (£5 - £10)

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Where was water polo invented?

Water polo originated as a form of rugby played in rivers in the United Kingdom. Click on the 'History of Water Polo' link on this page to read about the history of the game.
i belive it originated from scandanavia. village people saw reptiles and other water animals frolicking in lakes puddles ect, and the sport steadilt evolved overtime to what we now know as waterpolo.

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How good is Switzerland at waterpolo?

Switzerland are towards the bottom of the European countries at water polo.

The European Chamionships are organised with 11 - 12 teams competing in the A Championships, with the top 6 competing in the final Tournament. This is scheduled for Lugano later in 2009.

The next 12 teams compete in the B Championships, with the last tournament ocuring in Manchester in 2007. Switzerland didn't qualify for the B Championships - during the qualifying games Switzerland:

* beat Austria (8-6) * lost to Ireland (9-10) * lost to Montenegro (3-30) Montenegro did win the overall championship to be promoted to the A League

In terms of women's water polo, Switzerland just recently finished 8th (last) in the 2009 European Championship finals losing all 3 games and finishing with a -37 goal difference

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Is 11 too old to start playing water polo?

11 is not too old to play water polo! Depending on your area, there may not even be many opportunities for younger kids to play. Many athletes begin their water polo careers as they enter high school because this is their first opportunity to play. Look for club teams in your area and see if they offer programs for your age group. Good luck!

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Who is the Olympic water polo champion?

Hungary won the men's gold medal and Italy won the women's gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in water polo and are both likely contenders for the 2008 Olympics.

Update; Hungary did win the Olympic gold medal in mens water polo at Beijing in 2008 to make a hattrick of consecutive golds. The womens competition was won by the Netherlands

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Why do water polo players wear suits so low?

To prevent their opponent from grabbing it. The less there is...the lower it is...the harder it is to get a hold of. Suites worn by water polo players are typically (or at least they used to be) made out of a rubberized material (instead of nylon/lycra...like most suits). This makes them slippery and also harder to grab.

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Can you stand in water polo?

No you have to tread water, you play generally in a 7+ foot pool. In some pools you can touch though, the rules are just modified, like you can't touch the bottom if you have the ball or it's a turn over, things like that

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How long is the water polo pool in the Olympics?

25 m long court 50 m pool 25 m long court 50 m pool 25 m long court 50 m pool

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How old is Whynter Lamarre?

The Canadian female water polo player and goalkeeper Whynter Lamarre, who played in the 2001 and 2005 world championships, was born January 14, 1979. As of September 1, 2007 she would be 28 years old.

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Different layers of a water polo ball?

A water polo ball has two main layers. The inner layer is an inflatable bladder that holds air and basic structure. The outer layer is a rubber fabric that allows better grip on a ball and prevents the ball from absorbing water during a game. When a ball absorbs water it becomes heavy and hard to control.

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What is the best grip for a water polo ball?

Underhand. If you grip it overhand, then an opposing player may place his/her hand on top of yours and push, causing the ball to go under and a turn over, depending on the ref. Plus, when you grab it underhand, you are practically in shooting position.

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What are the dimensions of a water polo pool?

The dimensions of a water polo pool are difined by FINA rule WP 1.4. These state the distance between the goal lines (i.e. the length of the pitch) should be between 20m and 30m for men and between 20m and 25 m for women. The width of the pitch must be between 10m and 20m. In addition the boundary of the field of play must be 0.3m behind the goal line. Additionally for top class water polo matches the water must be a minimum of 1.8 meters deep, though this can be overlooked for junior or lower class games if that depth is not available for the whole field of play. If the game is played in a shallower pool in which the players can reach the bottom they cannot use the bottom for their advantage (i.e. touch or jump off it) unless they are playing in goal. The goal keeper is the only player allowed to touch the bottom of the pool (not the side) and even then they can only do this within the 5m area (i.e. 5m from their goal line)

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How is play re-started after a goal is scored in water polo?

The ball is given back to the ref. and each team goes to their side of the pool. the 6 players and the goalie line up along the wall with the fastest swimmers closest to ref. the whistle is blown and the ball is dropped into the water the swimmers push off the wall and swim towards the center of the pool, whoever out of the two fastest swimmer from each team gets there first, picks up the ball and starts the play over with there team.

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