Canoe Polo also known as Kayak Polo is one of the competitive disciplines of canoeing, known simply as “polo” by its aficionados. Polo combines canoeing and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual athletes.
Section 38 of the International Canoe Polo Federation’s sets the specifications for balls to be used in the sport of Canoe Polo, also known as Kayak Polo. The 2013 Competition Rules for The Ball state the following:
38.1 The ball shall be round and shall have an air chamber with a self-closing valve. It shall be waterproof, without external strapping or any covering of grease or similar substance.
38.2 The weight of the ball shall be not less than four hundred (400) grams and not more than four hundred and fifty (450) grams.
38.3 For games played by Men, Under-21 Men and Master Men, the circumference of the ball shall not be less than sixty-eight (68) and not more than seventy-one (71) centimetres, and its pressure shall be 90-97 kPa (kilo pascals).
38.4 For games played by Women, Under-21 Women and Master Women, the circumference of the ball shall not be less than sixty-five (65) and not more than sixtyseven (67) centimetres, and its pressure shall be 83-90 kPa (kilo pascals).
International Canoe Federation Canoe Polo Competition Rules – http://www.canoeicf.com/dms/icf/documents/Disciplines/CAP/Rules/Canoe-Polo-Rules-2013—14/Canoe%20Polo%20Rules%202013%20%26%2014.pdf
Photo – Baliat Vekassy (canoephotography.com) – http://www.sportscene.tv/flatwater/canoe-polo/news/the-shot-clock-or-60-seconds-rule-in-canoe-polo