HCY Fall/Winter Water Polo


Come and join us for a fun and competitive season on the HCY water polo team!

What is water polo?

Water Polo is a game of endurance and teamwork. The sport is played between two teams, each having six players and one goalkeeper. The sport is played in the water so the players must have swimming skills along with skills such as throwing, catching, and passing. The objective of the sport is to score as many goals as possible in order to win the game. Players and goalies use caps of different colors to differentiate themselves from each other. While a few sports claim to be the ‘sport of kings’, water polo officially has the royal seal of approval. The Duke of Cambridge himself is a fan of the sport and played at university and at the national level for Scotland. There are goals at each end of the pool and the winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals by getting the ball between the posts.


Players are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool and have to tread water the whole time. Water polo players use a movement called eggbeater which is more efficient than the normal action of treading water. Players can move the ball by throwing it to a teammate or swimming while pushing the ball in front of them. They can only hold the ball with one hand, other than the goalkeeper who can use both hands.


Do I have to tryout or pass a swim test?


Water polo is a competitive, demanding sport that requires proficient swimming skills at an advanced level. Our philosophy is to be an inclusive program that seeks to develop water polo skills in our community. If a child is water safe, he or she is welcome to join our beginner level.