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Beach-Waterpolo Rules

New Beach-Waterpolo Rules:

  • Field and Goals:
    The field is 15x 11,5 m (82,02 ft x 37,73 ft ).The measures of the goals are 2,50 x 0,80 m ( 8,20 ft x 2,62 ft) and therefore smaller than in Water Polo.
  • Ball:
    The measure of the ball is between 65-67 cm ( 25,59-26,38 in) in circumference and ball number 4 is played by women- and youth-water-polo teams.
  • Teams:
    A team consists of 6 players, 4 of them being in the water and two of them being substitutes.
  • Rules of the game:
    It will be played in three thirds, but differently from the classic water polo, in sets, like in tennis.One set will be finished with the sixth scored goal ( e.g. 4:2, 1:5 or 3:3). Normally there is no playing time , but at our international Beach-Water-Polo, we'll probably have a playing time, because otherwise we won't be able to carry out all the games till 4 p.m.

Standard Water Polo Rules

Substitution of players:
Players are allowed to be substituted during the entire game.

Within 30 seconds the team in possession of the ball has to carry out a  shot on goal, otherwise the game will be continued with a free-throw for the opposing team, from the place where the ball had been when the 30 seconds expired.

Simple infringements:
Simple infringements are

  • pulling the ball under water
  • dunking the opponent
  • hitting the ball with the fist
  • obstructing an opponent, which is not in the possession of the ball
  • staying in the 2 m-area in front of the opposing goal, accept behind the line of the ball (offside).

These infringements will be punished with a free-throw.

Severe infringements:
Severe infringements are

  • to hold ,dunk or pull back an opponent who is in the possession of the ball
  • kicking ,hitting or an action showing one of these intentions
  • splashing water in the opponents face
  • a brutal action against an opponent or a referee
  • refusing to obey the referee
  • faults during game interruptions
  • a wrong return into the field after a suspension (e.g. lifting up the rope, to push oneself off the wall or pool bottom)
  • causing a penalty-throw

These infringements will be rated as personal faults.Every personal fault will be marked in the player`s record, three personal faults mean the disqualification of the player with a substitute.

Therefore, the following penalties are:

for 20 seconds , till the next goal or winning back the ball ( meaning: to have control over the ball) of the suspended player`s team, during the actual playing time or the start of a new game period (depending on what comes first),
for the duration of the whole game with a substitute (e.g. offending a referee)
for the duration of the whole game without a substitute (e.g. brutal actions)

The suspended player has to go to the team`s returning area, without leaving the water, even if the player is suspended for the rest of the game. Leaving the water, accept when being replaced by a substitute, will be punished with a suspension for the whole playing time with a substitute.

and 5m-penalty-throw:

  • when a player of the defending team is committing an infringement within the 5m-(penalty-)area, with the intention of preventing a probable goal ,
  • when the goal keeper or a player of the defending team, being in distress, pulls the ball under water
  • when the goal keeper or a player of the defending team pulls down the goal

The referees have to refrain from punishing a fault while the ball is playable. ( Advantage rule)

Rule change:
A substitute player may enter the field by swimming in from the returning area, as soon as the player is visible on the water surface of the returning area. High fives are not longer necessary .

A suspended player doesn`t have to wait in the returning area for the substitute . The record table is only allowed to indicate the return of a suspended player (respective flag), when this player has reached the returning area, even when the suspension time (20 seconds ) has already expired.

If the offending team is claiming an inadmissible third time out, the opposing team is awarded a free-throw from the centerline.

If the defending team is claiming a timeout, the opposing team is awarded a penalty-throw.

A goal can`t be scored immediately after a restart of the game:

  • after a time out
  • after a goal
  • after an injury (also a bleeding one)
  • after putting on the cap again
  • when the referee is asking for the ball
  • when the ball is leaving the field
  • after every delay

A goal can be scored by a player, who is throwing right in front of the 5-m area( outside of the area), after his team has performed a free-throw outside the 5-m area ,awarded to the team after an infringement, outside of the 5-m area. If an infringement closer to the goal of the defending team has been committed ,and a goal has been scored with the ball which was thrown immediately from the place of the infringement, the scored goal has to be granted.