The Great Sport of Water Polo

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ATHENS - AUGUST 23:  Leonardo Binchi of Italy looks to pass in the men's Water Polo preliminary game between Italy and Greece on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Main Pool of the Olympic Sports Complex Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images for FINA) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo Binchi

ATHENS - AUGUST 23: Leonardo Binchi of Italy looks to pass in the men's Water Polo preliminary game between Italy and Greece on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Main Pool of the Olympic Sports Complex Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images for FINA) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo Binchi

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ATHENS - AUGUST 23: Leonardo Binchi of Italy looks to pass in the men's Water Polo preliminary game between Italy and Greece on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Main Pool of the Olympic Sports Complex Aquatic Centre in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images for FINA) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo Binchi

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Water Polo is an intense sport where you score goals in the deep end of a pool set up with 2 goals. From my own experience with the sport, I have to say it is very fun. It is a physically challenging sport for you have to tread water or swim all game. But it is great exercise.

There are seven players in the water during the 4, 8 minute quarters played in a game. Positions include 3 offensive men, 3 defensive men, and a goalie. I think the goalie is one of the most important and the hardest position in this game. The field is played in a 7 foot deep, 30 by 20 meter court. And every swimmer has to wear a water polo cap. This game was created as a demonstration of swimming and strength skill.  California is practically the center of modern-day water polo because all the colleges here have excellent water polo teams, UCLA, Usc, Cal, Stanford, and Cal State Long Beach are just the main ones. Because of this California has become a breeding ground for Olympic swimmers and water polo players.

This brings us to our next topic which is the Olympics. Water polo is one of the most fun summer Olympic events because of the fast pace play and scoring. Great gameplay mixed with great rivalries make Olympic water polo perhaps the greatest water sport ever. It’s always fun to watch the Australians clash against the Americans. It’s always fun to watch countries battle it out for the gold.

In the end, I believe water polo is a fun intense sport that’s one of a kind. Its super fun to watch and play. It is perhaps the best water sport because of its fast pace plays and scoring. As well as great rivalries.

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