Water polo developed into different forms in the United States and Europe. The European Game is now universally accepted.
Water polo is a tough sport, but when it first began it was even tougher. Fighting between players was common, if not the norm. In 1897, New Yorker Harold Reeder formulated the first American rules for discipline, which were aimed at curbing the sport’s more violent tendencies.
NAMING THE GAME
In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name. In the United States it was termed softball water polo due to the use of an unfilled bladder as a ball.
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Water PoloWater polo developed into different forms in the united states and europe. The european game is now universally accepted.