Water polo Q&A

By Rachel Danner —

Q: What is Water Polo?

A: Water Polo is a vigorous sport similar to soccer.  Water Polo requires vast amounts of endurance, leg, and arm strength for it is necessary to tread water while playing.  It’s played with two teams competing in a pool.  The winner is the team that scores the most goals against the opposing team.

Q: How is Water Polo played?

A: Water Polo is played with seven members from each team, one goalie and six defenders/offenders.  The game is composed of 6-minute quarters and includes a 3-minute half time. Water Polo is a contact sport and the game includes fouls and kick-outs for improper playing. Once a team has possession of the ball they have 30 seconds to score a goal before the ball is turned over to the other team. A regular Water Polo game lasts around 45 minutes to an hour.

A: Who can play Water Polo?

GlenOak’s Water Polo team is the only team in the district and is considered a club sport, allowing individuals from other school’s to play on GlenOak’s team. Currently, GlenOak has three individuals from Perry High School on the team and one from Hoover High School.

Q: Where is Water Polo played?

A: Due to GlenOak’s team being the only team in the area, they travel anywhere from two to four hours away every Saturday for tournaments. This year the team will be traveling to pools in Upper Arlington, Mason and Napoleon.

[Updated Aug. 6, 2017: This article has been reformatted for consistency.]