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Inner Tube Water Polo
Rules of the Game

  • Six (6) players are allowed in the pool for each team. Teams can use 5 players and 1 goalie, or you can pull the goalie to have 6 attackers. However, only one team member can play the goalie position at any one time. To change goalies, the original goalie must be removed by substitution. Goalies will be identified by a different colored helmet.
  • Play begins with a "swim-off": Both teams begin by touching the back wall at their end of the pool. The referee will start play by throwing the ball into the center of the pool, and both teams will race to it for possession.
  • Open substitutions are in effect and can be made at any time during regulation play. They will occur at the corner of the pool nearest each team's bench. The player leaving the pool must touch the wall of the pool before his/her substitute may enter the water.
  • All players must remain in or on their tubes at all times, goalkeepers included. Consciously exiting a tube will result in a 2 minute penalty and change of possession (if applicable). During that time, the penalized team will play one man short for the entire length of the penalty; substitutions for the penalized player are not permitted.
  • Players are not allowed to grab, hold, or put weight on opposing team members' bodies or tubes. This applies both in the middle of play and away from the ball. Any of these actions will result in a 2 minute penalty and change of possession (if applicable).
  • Male players are only allowed to catch, throw, manipulate or maneuver the ball with one (1) hand at a time. Referees will whistle the play dead and possession will be awarded to the other team if a male player touches the ball with two hands at once.
  • Both female players and goalies are allowed to use two hands when playing the ball.
  • If the ball goes completely out of the pool, possession will be awarded to the team that did not touch it last.
  • A goal is awarded if the entire ball crosses the plane of the goal.
  • All players are required to wear water polo helmets, which will be provided at the pool.
  • A forfeit will be assessed to any team for the following: 1) not showing up for a scheduled game within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time, 2) not having a minimum number of participants required to compete, 3) not calling 24 hours in advance to reschedule a game, 4) playing with an ineligible player, or 5) not observing the mandatory co-ed rule. Any team accruing one forfeit will be prohibited from further participation.
  • All play is co-ed in nature which requires that two people of the under-represented sex are in the pool at all times.
  • ROSTER CHANGES: Roster changes are permitted throughout the regular season, however, any names added to your roster may not be listed on another roster. Your roster will be considered “frozen” as soon as the post-season tournament starts.

Rev. 3/18/2015