Water Polo Competition | Tuesday, July 7, 2015 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Water polo is the oldest team sport in the Olympic Games. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, it was the only time that the Canadian men’s team had ever qualified for the Olympics through the normal process. Canada has placed in the top three in the past five Pan Am Games and in 2011, including this year right here in Markham with a silver for the women’s team, and a bronze for the men.
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Markham Pan Am Centre
The sport of aquatics had an early start; Egyptian hieroglyphics discovered from the Stone Age showed people swimming. Around 400 BC, records showed Egyptians and Romans diving off cliffs. It did not become an organized sport, however, until the early 19th century in Great Britain.
How it works
In water polo competition, two seven-person teams (six field players and a goalie) try to throw the ball, weighing about 400 to 450 grams (1 lb), into the opponent’s goal. A game consists of four eight-minute periods and during play, athletes cannot touch the bottom or sides of the pool.
- Dribble — the method used by a player to swim with the ball
- Eggbeater — a powerful leg kick technique used to vertically lift the athlete out of the water
- Frontcourt — the area in front of the goal
- Sprint — at the start of each quarter, each team lines up at their own goal line and at the sound of the referee’s whistle, the two players closest to the referee sprint to the ball
- Strong side — the side of the pool where the ball is located
- Weak side — the side of the where the ball is not located