What is SUP Polo?
SUP Polo, is a new sport that is best described as a cross between Stand Up Paddleboarding, water polo and lacrosse all played out on inflatable boards inside a swimming pool or an inflatable field.
As seen on BBC TV!
Can anybody turn up and play?
As long as you can demonstrate basic Stand Up Paddleboard skills (i.e can safely get onto a SUP board and paddle to the other end of the pool) then you’re safe to play. If you’ve never Stand Up Paddleboarded before then you will need to book in for a SUP lesson before you can take part in SUP Polo (indoor pool based lessons are available).
Where and When?
Pool sessions are only now and then during spring summer and watch our Facebook for details of lake sessions.
Pool sessions are held at Dunes Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX
SUP Polo Rules
- Ball to be played with paddle only
- No use of hands, feet or head to advance ball
- Ball can only be played while standing, unless near the edge of the pool
- Players must kneel when near edge of pool for safety reasons
- No goalie in front of the goal allowed, all players must be paddling
- No intentional contact with another player by striking paddles or boards
Minor Fouls :
- Use of hand or feet to block or advance ball – opposing team gets ball at point of foul
- A player is positioned in front of goal without paddling and acting as a goalie – opposing team receives the ball
- Kneeling while passing the ball or retrieving ball from the water while player is in the water – opposing team receives ball at point of foul
- Intentionally charging another players board with your board – 1 min penalty
- Using hands or feet or head to block goal from being scored – penalty shot from midfield
- Player is standing in front of goal (blocking), without paddling, shot is taken and blocked – penalty shot from midfield
- When penalty shots are taken, all players must be behind player taking shot at midfield
- Any player receiving 3 penalties is disqualified. Team will play remainder of the game with only 2 players.
Referee’s decision is final