About Water Polo & Splashball

What is

Water Polo?

Water polo is a competitive team water sport played in a pool with goals positioned at both ends.  A Water Polo game is played by two opposing teams and while a team roster may include 15 or more players, only 7 players (6 field players and a goal keeper) are in the pool during game play.  A game consists of 4 quarters (similar to American Football) during which each team tries to score the most goals by throwing the ball into the opposing teams goal (similar to soccer).  The team with the most goals at the end of a match wins.  Water Polo games are typically played in deep water (usually 6ft deep or more).  Players are not allowed to touch the bottom or sides of the pool during game play.  Players must swim with & without the ball, egg beater (a special style of treading water), throw, catch and shoot the ball.  The field players may only use one hand, but the goalkeeper may use two hands.  Field players are expected to be able to play both offense and defense (similar to basketball).

Credit: Irvine Water Polo

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Why Kids Love SplashballTM. SplashballTM is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children 5-11 years old. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format. Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, SplashballTM  harnesses all the fun, dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit.

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Sierra Nevada Water Polo

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Coach Training II

In the Spring of 2018, flyers were distributed to Washoe County School District Elementary Schools promoting the SNWP summer program. During our 8-week program (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am to noon) we had 18 male and female youth athletes participate ranging in ages from 8 to 13. We also employed a UNR […]

Summer Youth

The most immediate benefit from our request will be the youths that participate in our expanded activities who will learn the basics of water polo and team sportsmanship. Youth of our region will benefit from having water polo as a local viable sport opportunity. Athlete participants will benefit in learning a new sport, which will […]


Save the Date! Our 2020 Shoot-A-Thon is scheduled for… Greetings to all you water polo players and water polo parents! Sierra Nevada Water Polo is looking forward to another great year of growing youth water polo in the Sierra Nevada!  Let’s get the team together – join us for our second annual Fundraiser this March 17th […]

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