Where is today's Water Polo Heading? An Analysis of the Stages of Development of the Game of Water Polo

Hraste, Mladen; Bebić, Milivoj; Rudić, Ratko
April 2013
Nase More;2013 Supplement, Vol. 60, p17
Academic Journal
The aims of this review are to: (1) Identify the various phases and their characteristics throughout the historical development of the water polo game. (2) Explore the impact of changes in rules of the game on the technical-tactical structure of the current water polo game. (3) Explore the impact of the technical-tactical structure of the water polo game which has led to change in the rules of the game historically.(4) Identify possible directions for the next change of rules and development of technical-tactical structure of the water polo game. There were five distinct development stages of water polo through its history, and there will probably be another one in future. Each time the various changes in the rules of the game influenced changes to the structure of the technical and tactical game. However, in some periods the reverse happened and the technical and tactical changes in the way the game was coached and played led to changes in the rules of the game. Today's water polo belongs to the last historical stage which is characterized by a high rhythm and tempo of the game, but at the same time today's water polo is a sport with a lot of physical contact fouls and with 60% waste of time during the annoying phase of transition. By applying the suggested "new rules" the number of ordinary fouls and the time loss in the transition phase would be significantly reduced. With these new rules, the water polo games should develop a new dimension of attractiveness and creativity.


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