Barracudas Water Polo

Barracudas water polo offers all levels of training and competition for newcomers, recreational and competitive players in fun, safe & enjoyable environment for all.

Practices take place at Central Park Pool from May until mid-August. Check calendars for practice times.

Competitions begin in late June. The club hosts tournaments at Central Park and attends away tournaments during weekdays in July in Coquitlam, Richmond, Abbotsford and White Rock.

Water Polo Overview

Water polo is a game of strength, endurance, strategy, and ability. Each team is made up of 13 players and due to the intense nature of the game, regular substitutions are common. Seven players from each team are in the pool at any one time. Each team has 6 players plus a goalie in the water. Only the goalie may touch the ball with both hands.

This is a co-ed sport with a minimum of at least two girls in the water at all times. While it is physically demanding, water polo is also characterized by the extremely addicting nature of the team environment.

Basic Game Rules

  • Play starts with a sprint by both teams to the ball, which is dropped in the pool by the referee
  • The game is played while treading water or swimming with the ball
  • Players can advance the ball by swimming or passing
  • Players may catch or throw the ball with just one hand (only the goalie can touch the ball with two hands)
  • After a goal, play starts in the middle of the pool. Teams can use this time to substitute players
  • When the referee whistles to indicate an infraction or foul, players must pass the ball to a team-mate before shooting on goal
  • Players (except the goalie) do not touch the bottom of the pool when the ball is in play
  • Dunking the ball under water is not allowed
  • A man up or power play situation occurs when there is a kick out or violation of the game rules

Waterpolo Levels


U12 – 11 & under

U14 – 13 & under


U16– 15 & under

U18 – 17 & under

BCSSA Age Locator

2023 Age Locator

BCSSA Waterpolo Rules Link


Summer only (May to August) – OPENS by March 1st