What is Canoe Polo?
Canoe Polo, called kayak polo in some countries, is a ball sport on water, in a “field”, for two teams of 5 players (plus 1,2 or 3 subs) for two 10 minute halves, Teams play to get the ball into their own goal raised about 2 metres above the water.
Each player paddles a ‘polo bat’ –3 metres long, specially designed, low volume, with protective bumpers at front and back. Players wear a protective buoyancy vest, a helmet with a faceguard and a fitted ‘skirt’/deck for keeping water out of the boat.
Teams playing recreationally in Australia are gender mixed or gender specific depending on levels and reasons for ‘comps’. Beginner grades are now using a mix of small boats and sit-on-tops for encouraging young players. The canoe polo community is both family and elite level sport oriented and is run by volunteers.
Players in possession of the ball can be ‘tackled’ by kayaks, ‘hand tackled’ on the shoulder and capsized (after beginner levels). Teams pass the ball by throwing or flicking with paddles and use paddles are to intercept passes and block shots at goal.
The sport has World Championships every 2 years, internationally organized by the Canoe Polo committee of the International Canoe Federation.
We are keen to promote development of canoe polo in SA regional districts.