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Canoe Polo / Kayak Polo Info

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What is Canoe Polo (Kayak Polo)?

Canoe Polo is a team sport, played in kayaks using a water polo ball with five players per team. The playing area, or pitch measures thirty-five meters long by twenty-three meters wide, the size of half a football field. The goals at each end are suspended two meters above the water.

The game starts with a sprint from each goal line by one player from each team racing to the center of the pitch, to gain possession of the ball. The team that wins possession is on the offensive to put the ball in the defensive team's goal. A team can move the ball around by passing or dribbling the ball and if possession is lost, there is a rapid transition to the defensive mode, making it a very exciting game for spectators.

Where did the sport come from?

The sport has been played for more than forty years in Britain and many European countries. Netherlands and Germany are Current World Champions for men and women respectively.

World Championship Competition have been held in the following countries: 1994 Sheffield, England; 1996 - Adelaide, Australia; 1998 Aveiro, Portugal; 2000 Sao Paulo, Brazil; 2002 Essen, Germany; 2004 Myoshi, Japan; 2006 Amsterdam, Netherlands; 2008 Edmonton, Canada; 2010 Italy; 2012 Poland; 2014 France; 2016 Italy.

The latest World Championship was attended by 25 countries.

Canoe Polo Basics...

The Pitch: The competition playing area measures 35 meters long between goal lines by 23 meters wide between the sidelines. Behind each goal line is the substitution area where the subs (up to three) must sit in their boats. The substitutes may not sit directly behind the goal. A sub may not enter the pitch until the player subbing off has completely left the playing area.

The playing area or pitch is divided into three zones indicated by markers that sit in the sidelines. These markers sit on either side of the pitch at a distance of 6 meters from each goal line. In the six meter areas (one at either end), jostling for position is allowed between offensive and defensive players.

The area between the six meter markers, the central zone of the pitch is an area where no obstruction of a traveling player is allowed unless they are within three meters of the ball. No jostling for position is allowed.

The center line of the pitch is marked by a third set of markers. To start the game, the whistle is blown and the ball is thrown to the center line where a player from each team sprints to attempt to gain possession.

After a goal is scored, the ball must be brought to the center line by the team on which the goal was scored and the game restarted with a whistle. The team on which the goal was scored has possession at the center line at the whistle restart. Both teams need to be on their own half.

Why play Canoe Polo?

  • Feel more confidence in your kayak.

  • Build muscle, endurance, and speed in a kayak.

  • Build muscle memory and multitasking skills since canoe polo makes players paddle and play with the ball.

  • Learn advanced maneuvers in a kayak such as pivoting, low and high bracing, sculling, and different types of paddling strokes.

  • More advanced players know how to upright their capsized kayak by using hand roll, paddle roll, and ball roll, and we can teach you too.

  • Players also frequently send teams to attend domestic and international tournaments!


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