Water polo is thought to have originated in Scotland. Originally, it may have been referred to as ‘water rugby.’ From there, the modern sport of water polo developed into what it is today.
Basically, water polo is a sport consisting of 2 teams including 7 players each. Points are scored by throwing a volleyball-like ball into the opposing side’s net. It is usually played in the deep end of a pool – meaning each player must be a fairly skilled swimmer. Each match is divided into 4 quarters. And each quarter is usually 8-12 minutes long – depending on how many times the play is stopped.
Skills involved in the game of water polo include treading water, shooting the ball, passing the ball, teamwork, as well as quick and strategic thinking.