Water Polo League Spring 2006 Information

Thanks everyone for making water polo a blast last spring!


If you are looking for a team to join please show up on a day you can play either Tuesday or Thursday and talk to the team captain or representative to see if you can join one of the teams that are playing.


This year the meeting and the league is not as large but I am hoping that there will be some great games. The times we play will be on Tuesday and Thursdays between 4pm and 6pm. Each team will play a total of 6 games.



Tuesday and Thursday group: that plays at 4:00pm, 4:40pm, and 5:20pm. To view the schedule click on “Tuesday and Thursday”.

Team names and schedules are coming soon. I am sorry but I am trying to update this from my memory at this point please come back at a later date


 Arête (Swim club team)  





Water polo rules in a nutshell:


The basic premise of water polo is to take the ball and shoot it into the opposing team's goal.  The game is played 5 on 5, with two forwards, two defenses and a goalie (Minimum of 4 players). This is facilitated in the deep end of the swimming pool, so treading water and some swimming is involved in the process of scoring goals.  There are some rules to the game, which may differ to the water polo you've played before.


First, there is no dunking, splashing, swearing, trash talking, grouping, or heavy contact allowed.  There will be some contact involved in the sport.  Depending on how competitive a team is playing, it can get kind of violent.  I will let you know right now that I understand that if someone's pushing on you or dunking on you that you want revenge, but the referee will not tolerate such actions.  Yes, you can go for the ball and maybe once in a while swim over someone, but we play mainly for fun, so we (league captains) don't want to have any trouble.  If something's happening make either the referee or your team captain aware of the problem and it will be taken care of.


When illegal contact and such do occur, and it is called, a foul will be issued to the team.  After ten (10) fouls, a foul shot will be given.  Any player on the team, not just the one fouled, may take that shot.  After the first ten (10) fouls, a foul shot will be given for every five (5) committed.  This has not been a problem for a few years. 


When you are in contact with the ball, this means holding it in your arm or hand, you are given five (5) seconds to release it.  This does NOT mean you have to shoot or pass it.  Swimming with the ball, or floating with it sitting around you does not count as possession.  You may swim with the ball in front or back of you as long as you want, but as soon as you pick the ball up, the five (5) seconds begins.  This is a little different for goalies.  Once a ball crosses the last line on the bottom of the pool, it's the goalie's ball.  Starting from when the ball gets in between the posts of the goal, a goalie has only five (5) seconds to get rid of it whether they are in possession or not.  So, if you're playing goalie, remember to get rid of it as fast as you can.  Also, as a goalie you may not throw the ball past half and have one of our team touch it first.  This prevents cherry picking; so if you're playing and see our goalie having problems, drop back for a pass.  Also, you may not put the ball under the water.  If that happens the ball goes to the other team.


Any distance shot will count as a goal.  The only shots that will not count are if the goalie shoots, or if you shoot from within the goal box, which is the last line at the bottom of the pool to the wall.  This is not to encourage long distance shots, however.  While they sometimes go in, it's better to take a closer shot and have a higher probability of making it.


Ball under is turnover to opposing teams goalie who the call was made against or a jump ball. You are only allowed one hand on the ball while shooting.
While holding the ball a defensive player can crawl on top of you (swim over), until the second you drop it then they must stop (usually putting hands up to show the ref that they stopped). Any player whose head goes under water is no longer a player, and they are liable to get hurt / droned while they are not a player.
The goalie is aloud to use the wall before, during, and after a shot. The player holding the ball is NOT aloud to push down a defender or grab them and use them for leverage to move or shoot.



If you see any rules I have left out or rules we have changed that I have missed please let me know.





The swim club is possibly going to host a water polo tournament if there are enough teams that are interested.

There will be a team entry fee. That fee is currently unknown at this time.

Please email GuixB@uwplatt.edu if you are interested.

Nothing as of right now has been discussed with Kurt or is set.