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USA Water Polo
Football makes you dumb. In Hockey, people are only hoping for a fight. A sport that takes twice the amount of endurance and includes all the action is a sport that is not often seen up here in Michigan, Water Polo. Water polo is a grueling struggle to be stronger than the other team. If your opponent is more physically powerful than you, you are going to be thrown all around in the water. Nevertheless, working is half the fun; and, if you’re the stronger one, it’s all the more enjoyable.
The first thing people should know about water polo are the basic rules. People should also know that it is one of the toughest sports to play. One of the basic rules is that the players are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool at all during game play. If you push off the bottom, the ball is turned over to the other team. Second basic rule is that you can catch the ball with only one hand. A long with catching, you must pass with one hand, shoot with one hand and pretty much everything else with one hand. If you touch the ball with two hands, the ball is turned over to the other team.
There are a lot of complex rules. The first time you go to a game, I can guarantee that you will not understand what is going on. A lot of people don't understand how fouls work. Basically, the basic fouls state; you can not interfere too much with any player if they are not holding the ball. If the player does have the ball in hand, the defender is then allowed to hold, block and even pull the opponent. So if you are holding or pulling on an opponent with the ball and then the opponent drops the ball, it is then a foul and the defender has to back off his opponent and let them pass the ball. If the foul has been committed outside the five-meter line, the offensive player may also attempt a direct shot on goal, but the shot must be taken immediately and in one continuous motion. On the other hand, offensive players may be called for a foul by pushing off a defender to provide space for a pass or shot.
There are many other types of fouls. The worst foul a player can commit, the one that affects your team the most, is known as a brutality foul. A brutality is called when a player kicks or strikes an opponent or official with malicious intent. The player who is charged with a brutality is excluded from the game for four minutes and the team is forced to play with one less player than the other team for that duration. A lot of things justify an exclusion foul. To interfere with the taking of a free throw, goal throw or corner throw will result in an exclusion foul. Also, to hold, sink or pull back an opponent who is not holding or touching the ball will result in an exclusion foul. There are a few others but what an exclusion foul means is that the player must leave the field of play and move to the penalty area for twenty seconds.
You may be wondering what I meant by “outside the five-meter line”. Around the perimeter of the pool, there are different colored cones set up. White cones are placed at the goal line and half distance line. Red cones are placed two meters from goal lines to represent the re-entry area. When a player is kicked out for an exclusion foul, the excluded player shall move to the re-entry area nearest to the player’s own goal line without leaving the water. Yellow cones are placed five meters from goal lines. The yellow cones represent the limit in which one can shoot when fouled. As explained earlier, if an offensive player is fouled outside the five-meter line (yellow cones) he is allowed to shoot without hesitation.
In the pool, each team has seven players playing during the quarters. Each team has a goalie, a hole set, a center back, and four drivers. The goalie has the obvious job of attending the net, but is one of the hardest positions to play. A goalie has to be able to jump out of the water, using more than one's core and legs, and hold the vertical position without sinking into the water, all while tracking and anticipating a shot. The next toughest position, the person that gets beat on the most, is the hole set. He is the position front and center and basically has to wrestle with the “hole D” for a good position to get the ball. If the ball does get set to the hole, he is then pretty much expecting to be fouled and thus looking for the drivers to be open for a shot. And staying above the defender and being open for the shot is, in the simplest sense, what a driver does.
I think you’re ready to jump in there. Trying to understand the rules on just paper is extremely difficult in the case of water polo. The only way to understand the rules and regulations fully is by getting in there and trying out the sport yourself. Most new people to the sport quit because the rules are hard to understand and the game is so tough. However, if you can break that barrier, the game is so fun and exciting. It is my favorite sport to play; the tough part is the fun part.
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