Welcome to the Water Polo section of Taunton Deane Swimming Club. If you can swim and would like to participate in a challenging team sport – then why not give Water Polo a go!
Please visit our facebook page (www.facebook.com/TauntonDeanewaterpolo) for lots of information about the fantastic sport that is Waterpolo, as well as information our team - Taunton Waterpolo!
We have two training times:
Thursdays at Kings College, South Road, Taunton
- Taunton Turtles and Terrapins (under 16s) - 7pm-8pm
- Taunton Senior Men and Ladies (16 and over) - 8pm-9pm
Sundays at Taunton Pool, Station Road, Taunton.
- Taunton Turtles - Under 13s (boys and girls) - 5pm - 6pm.
- Taunton Terrapins - Under 16s (boys and girls) - 5.30pm-7pm.
- Senior Men and Ladies - 16 and over. 6.30pm - 8pm
A free trial is available, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require more information.
What is Water Polo?
Water polo can best be described as a mixture of rugby, football and netball, in a swimming pool, where athletes use their arms to throw a ball into the opponent’s goal. Each team has up to 13 players, of which 7 can be in the water at any one time. One of the players must be a goalkeeper. Players can only touch the ball with one hand, except the goalkeeper who can use both hands.
The game is played over 4 periods of 8 minutes. The clock is stopped every time there is a foal, therefore most games last about an hour.
According to the ASA website Water Polo is an incredibly physical sport and it is regarded as one of the most demanding of all team games. A water polo player can cover up to three kilometres in a game so they need to train very regularly to maintain their fitness.
Water polo players need remarkable stamina because of the considerable amount of holding and pushing that occurs during the game. Because it’s such a fast game and can be exhaust each team is allowed a maximum of six substitutes and players can return to the pool after a time on the substitute bench.
Water polo is a very physical sport as players jockey for position or aim to knock away or steal the ball from the other team. Fouling is very common and free throws are awarded whenever the referees see a minor foul. There is also a lot of activity under the water that the referee doesn't see as each team tries to dominate the opposition.
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How is water polo introduced to the younger players?
Mini Polo is a smaller, more basic game than water polo and has been introduced to teach young players of any age up to about 12 (Year 7) the fundamentals of the game.
At Taunton, mini polo is used as a method of bringing both boys and girls up to a standard where they can join in with the juniors (age 13 to 15) sessions.
Mini polo differs from water polo in the following ways:
- Mini polo has very limited contact.
- A smaller and shallower pitch area is used that allows players to touch the bottom of the pool.
- Player can catch and throw a smaller (size 3) ball with 2 hands.
Gradually skills of treading water, one handed catching, throwing and shooting, etc are introduced, whilst improving a players swimming strength and competence.