Water Polo Terms

assist

when you throw a pass that results in a goal— a pass to Set leading to a Set goal is an assist — wet pass (lands in the water instead of being caught) on a counter attack to an open player leading to a goal

block

when someone tries to shoot the ball and you prevent it from going into the goal — even if it’s a deflection, it counts — it’s only not a block if the ball makes it into the goal; a block is NOT blocking an opposition player from driving etc

earned ejection (exclusion)

the person guarding you gets excluded because of something you did or something they did wrong; this is NOT the player getting ejected for committing a foul to stop a goal or an attack from the opposition— instead it is the player having the opposition ejected in a crucial part of the game

exclusion

when the referee excludes you from playing for 20 seconds — athletes are only allowed 3 per game before being removed from play for the rest of the game

goal

when the ball goes in the cage

shot

when you shoot the ball with the aim to score (regardless of whether you score or not)

steal

when you take the ball from the opponent or see the opponent making a pass and intercept the pass — if a player helps at Set and takes the ball, that is also a steal

turnover

when the other team either takes the ball from you or when you make a pass that results in the other team taking the ball