What is water polo?

Water polo is a team sport played in a pool, where two teams of seven players each compete to score goals by throwing a ball into the opposing team's net.

How is water polo different from swimming?

While both sports involve being in the water, water polo combines swimming with tactics, teamwork, and ball-handling skills.

What skills do I need to play water polo?

Water polo requires swimming proficiency, endurance, passing, shooting, and treading water (known as "egg beating").

Can beginners join water polo?

Yes, beginners are welcome! Our programs are designed to teach fundamental skills and gradually introduce players to the sport.

How old should my child be to start playing water polo?

Children as young as 5 can start in programs like Splashball, while introductory levels are available for various age groups.

Is water polo a safe sport?

Yes, water polo is generally safe. Our experienced coaches prioritize safety and teach proper techniques to minimize the risk of injury.

What equipment is needed for water polo?

Players wear swim caps, swimsuits, and sometimes water polo caps for easy identification. Balls and goals are provided.

How long are water polo matches?

Water polo matches typically consist of four quarters, each lasting around 7-8 minutes, with short breaks between quarters.

How do you score in water polo?

Scoring is achieved by throwing the ball into the opposing team's net within a time limit. The team with the most goals at the end wins.

What are some common rules in water polo?

Players can't touch the bottom of the pool, hold the ball underwater, or swim more than a few strokes while holding the ball.

Is water polo a physically demanding sport?

Yes, water polo requires endurance, strength, and swimming skills. Players tread water throughout the game, making it a full-body workout.

How do I choose the right level for my child?

Our programs are tailored to various age groups and skill levels. Our coaches will help assess your child's proficiency and recommend the appropriate level.

Do I need to know how to swim to play water polo?

Basic swimming skills are essential, as players need to move effectively in the water. We offer coaching to improve swimming techniques.

Can girls and boys play together?

Yes, water polo is often played co-ed at younger ages. Separate gender divisions may be introduced as players advance.

What are the benefits of playing water polo?

Playing water polo improves cardiovascular fitness, strength, teamwork, and strategy skills, while also fostering a love for water sports.

Are there opportunities to play at higher levels?

Yes, as players develop their skills, they can progress to more competitive levels, potentially leading to college opportunities.

What are some water polo terms I should know?

Terms like "egg beating," "center forward," "goalie," and "counterattack" are commonly used in water polo. Coaches will explain these terms during training.

How can parents get involved in supporting water polo?

Parents can support their children by attending games, volunteering, and staying engaged with the team and the club.

What should my child bring to practice?

Swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, a towel, and a water bottle are essentials for practice sessions.

How can I register my child for Elsinore Aquatics Club's water polo program?

Visit the our website or contact our club for registration information and upcoming sessions.

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