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Beach water polo scores points with affordability

The largest beach water polo tournament in history will take place August 23 and 24 in Long Beach, California.
The largest beach water polo tournament in history will take place August 23 and 24 in Long Beach, California. Photo by Max Donner

Kite surfing will debut as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The tradition of adding new sports to international sports competitions like the Olympics and Pan American Games helps to build the scale of the audience and offer diferent countries a chance to showcase sports at which they excel. Beach water polo is not on the roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but affordability and easy course maintenance are helping the sport to grow quickly, so that it has a chance for a 2020 Olympics debut.

While the rental and maintenance of a tennis court on a city rooftop often exceeds $20,000 a year and space and maintenance for an indoor swimming pool can cost even more, a standard beach water polo course costs less than $1,000. And the set-up is quick and easy, so that two teenage assistants can complete the task in about thirty minutes. As you can see in this photo, two floating goalposts and fifty linear meters of floating boundary lines are all the facilities the players need. Just add water.

This ease of use is especially appealing to cost conscious parks and recreation departments and youth summer sports camps. And the affordability and ease of use make beach water polo an attractive profit opportunity for marina and beach club operators.

Beach water polo keeps things simple, so that coasts for coaches and referees are also affordable. Teams consist of on goalkeeper, two offensive players, two defensive players and two substitute players. So seven water polo helmets are almost all a beach water polo team or school program needs in its budget. Spectator seating can be affordable and scalable – just about anything that floats.

The largest beach water polo tournament in history will take place August 23 and 24 in Long Beach, California. Sports club managers who want to offer a new and affordable program to their members will want to see how this works.