The Swimming Team Game
Water polo is a team water sport consisting of 4 quarters (or periods) in which a goal is scored by at team throwing the ball into their opposite team’s goal. Water polo is a violent and aggressive sport, played in an all-deep pool (usually at least 1.8m deep) meaning that players need considerable stamina and endurance to play the game. Players use a type of water treading called eggbeater to stay afloat and pass the ball around.
Some specialist equipment is needed for water polo such as a water polo ball, a ball which floats on the water made from nylon; water polo caps and water polo goals, which are either floating goals or wall-mounted goals which attach to the side of the swimming pool. In its simplest form, the game consists of swimming (with and without the ball, sometimes with water polo specific strokes), treading water (using a specific technique called the eggbeater kick or simply eggbeater), throwing and catching the ball and shooting using a single hand. Unlike many other team sports, such as association football, players do not tend to be only an offensive or defensive player, but rather play as either of these positions depending on where the ball is.