NORTH WESTERN METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION
WATER POLO (updated August 2018)
WPA and WPNSW have decided to revert back to the FINA rules as at January 1 2017 and as such will be reflected in the NWMHSSA Water Polo Competition. FINA rules can be found at the following website: https://www.fina.org/sites/default/files/2017_2021_wp_rules_16032018_colour.pdf
Opens and 15 Years: Up to 13 players per team (7 in the water), playing with a size 5 ball.
14 Years: Up to 13 players per team (7 in the water), playing with a size 4 ball. *NOTE: The latest update on the WPA website states that U14 competitions will be playing the current modified rules up until the National Championships (April 2017), at which time WPA would work towards a solution. No further updates have been posted, however to enable U14 players to learn the game for older divisions, the NWMHSSA 14 Years competition will play with the previously stated rules.
The following exceptions will apply to the aforementioned rules:
- In the event that a team does not have seven players to constitute a team, said team may start with 6 players. In the event of this situation occurring, the opposing team shall also play with 6 players. This match will count for points.
- In the event that a team has less than 6 players, they shall forfeit points. The opposing team may choose to lend the forfeiting team players to have a “friendly” match in the interest of student participation.
- Boys are to play in the age group according to how old they will turn in the year
following the commencement of the competition. For example a boy who turned 14 in the year the competition begins is to play in the under 15’s competition.
- There will be no ‘Time Outs’ allowed in any game.
- Players sent to the ‘sin bin’ for a 20 second eviction must do so without delay. The ‘sin bin’ is located in the team’s corner OPPOSITE the referee.
- Under no circumstances is any player to approach the referee during the game or between quarters. Such behaviour can lead to the player being expelled from the venue.
- The 30 second shot clock will only be implemented if both coaches agree and have a reliable time keeper. However it will be enforced during finals.
- In the event of a draw at full time zone rules will apply; no extra time played.
- The break between each quarter is to be a maximum of 2 minutes, strictly enforced. Any team that delays the start of a quarter may be penalised by the referee.
- ALL GAMES MUST END SO THE NEXT GAME CAN START ON TIME. If a game is delayed it must be shortened to allow the next game to start on time. If necessary games should be reduced to two halves if there is a significant delay.
- Where possible, schools are required to wear caps in their school colour. If this is not possible, the first mentioned team on the draw wears white caps and the second mentioned team on the draw wears blue caps.
Ashfield Boys - Black
Asquith Boys – White
Epping Boys – Gold
Homebush Boys – Sky Blue
Normanhurst Boys – Red
North Sydney Boys - Maroon
Randwick – Green
Starting Times & Venue Information
Matches at all venues will commence at 1pm, unless otherwise stated. Students must wait outside the venue until their teacher arrives. For venue addresses, please see http://www.nwmsport.com/grounds.html
Knox 1 is the pool closest to the office and LTS pool. All students must be out of the water by 2:15pm. Game times may need to be modified in this pool. (e.g. 2 x 7 minutes halves with a 1 minute break for 14 Years matches)
Knox 2 is the pool closest to the train line. All students must be out of the water by 2:30pm
These are strict times enforced by Knox. Please ensure these times are adhered to.
SOPAC 1 is the north pool, which is closest to the 50m pool
SOPAC 2 is the south pool, which is closest to the diving boards
Water Polo Convener