Readers' Comments:

"Finally!  A guide to the game that is clear and concise without all of the 'official' mumbo jumbo that is in the NCAA rulebooks and manuals.   My daughter is in her third year playing high school water polo and I know this guide will help not only me, but many of our parents.  For the last 2 Ĺ years Iíve been wishing for a guide like this one.  The examples are straight forward and clear.  I will definitely pass this on.  Thank you!"  (D.B., 1/18/2005)

"I would like to thank you for the time and effort you have taken in putting together this user manual to water polo. I have been watching water polo for more than 8 year now and until I discovered your manual I did not understand many of the rules. I have a copy that I keep with me at all times. I have provided copies to friends to enjoy. You have made this complex game into a much simpler game with your down to earth explanation of the rules. I applaud you for taking the time to write this manual for those that do not understand the game." (F.S., 5/14/2007)

"Quick Start"

Don't have time to read the Guide, or does the Guide go into more detail than you want? Want something that you can stick in your pocket, purse or backpack for quick reference and take to the pool? Then try the "Quick Start," a three page outline covering only the most basic rules of water polo.

The Guide is supplied as a .pdf file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the Guide.

Click here to download Version 5.0 of the Guide released August 1, 2006.

The Guide may be copied and distributed freely, without limitation, in either printed or electronic form, for "personal use." The Guide may not be reproduced in any form and sold for profit without the prior written consent of the author.

The Spectator's Guide makes repeated references to United States Water Polo's Water Polo Officiating Manual. The Manual is available from USA Water Polo as a .pdf file. Click here to view the Manual in a new window.

If you have comments about the Guide, especially suggestions as to how it can be improved, send me an e-mail.