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1. Each team lines up at opposite
ends of the pool at the start of play.
2. A team consists of 8 players -- 4 men and
3. Play starts each quarter and overtime period
when the referee throws the ball into the center of the
playing area and both teams propel their inner-tubes toward
4. After each score, the ball is put in play
by the goalie which was scored on.
5. No player may leave his/her inner-tube
to touch or maneuver the ball. Otherwise, he/she is assessed
a personal foul and a free throw or penalty throw is awarded
to his/her nearest opponent. Also, if tipped out of the
tube, a player may not touch or control the ball until back
in the tube.
6. Position of players in tubes will be seated
with legs and arms outside.
7. Throws can either be 1 or 2 handed. You
may carry the ball in any position.
8. You must be properly positioned in the
inner-tube when passing or advancing the ball.
9. The ball cannot be thrown farther than
1/2 the length of the pool.
10. In advancing the ball, male cannot throw
to another male. This rule is with exception to the goalie.
He can pass to a male or female as long as the pass is from
his own area.
11. Any one player cannot continuously control
the ball for more than 15 seconds.
12. The goalie must be male.
13. The goalie may not throw the ball more
than 1/2 the length of the pool.
14. To effectively guard his goal and prevent
a thrown ball from entering the goal, the goalie may not
leave his innertube in performing his task.
15. The goalie must sit in a horizontal position
inside the innertube.
16. No one can be in the goalie's area except
17. The goalie cannot hang on the wall or
18. The goalie's tube cannot touch the edge
of the pool.
19. Feet are not allowed to touch the pool's
20. Each team must notify the official before
the goalies can be changed.
21. Tackling a player who has possession of
the ball is legal, but must be done from tube to tube. It
is illegal to tackle, push, shove, etc., a player that does
not have the ball.
22. After a minor infraction, the non-violating
team member nearest the spot of the infraction puts the
ball into play by passing or advancing with the ball. Opponents
may not touch, impede, or interfere with his attempts to
pass the ball. One pass must be made before any attempt
of a goal.
23. If a ball goes out-of-bounds, a free throw
from the same point the ball went out is awarded to the
opposing team. The player nearest to where the ball goes
out takes the throw.
24. If the game is stopped due to injury or
illness or two or more players foul simultaneously, the
referee throws the ball into the water giving both teams
equal opportunity to reach the ball after it has touched
25. A game consists of four minute quarters.
26.) Teams change ends at the end of each
quarter and at the beginning of every overtime period.
27. There will be two-minute intervals between
28. Each team shall have three time-outs per
game. The time-out period shall last one minute. Time-outs
can be called by any player in control of the ball at any
time. Substitutions may only be made during time-outs, after
a goal is scored, or between quarters or halves.
29. When the game ends in a tie score, one
4-minute quarter will be played. If after this period, the
score is still tied, a sudden death overtime goes into effect
in subsequent four minute quarters.
30. Goals scored by men equal one point. Goals
scored by women equal two points.
31. No point is awarded if the goal is made
from within the goal keeper's area (5 feet from the end
of a the pool.)
32. A penalty throw is taken by an offensive
player who has been fouled inside the penalty area (20 feet
from the end of the pool). All players except the goalie
must leave the penalty area until the throw is taken.
33. The opposing team is awarded a free throw
when one of the following minor infractions occur:
Holding onto the pool wall while in possession
of the ball.
Holding the ball under water.
Goalie throwing ball more than half the length while in
the goalie area. (He may throw the ball any distance when
outside the goalie area.)
Offensive or defensive player playing inside the goal area
other than the goalie. In addition to the other team being
awarded a free throw, this player must leave the pool for
Walking on the bottom.
Holding the ball underwater when tackled.
34. The other team is awarded a penalty throw
at their opponent's goal plus personal foul penalty assessed
when one of the following major infractions occurs:
Holding, pushing, hitting, jumping, tackling,
dunking, or dumping an opponent not having possession of
(If the above occurs within the penalty area, a direct throw
at the goal is awarded plus one personal foul penalty. If
this occurs outside the penalty arc, only one personal foul
penalty is assessed and an indirect free throw.)
Goalie holding onto side of pool while catching or passing
Persistent repeating minor infraction even after a referee
35. When a personal foul is committed, a free
throw is awarded to the nearest opponent, or a penalty throw
at the goal if the foul occurs in the penalty area, plus
the offending player leaves the pool for one minute.
36. When one of the following major fouls
occurs, the offending player is removed from the game and
replaced by a substitute:
Attacking, striking, or kicking an opponent
in such a manner as in referee's opinion to place him in
danger of injury.
Refusal to obey the referee.