HIGH SCHOOL WATER POLO RULES CHANGES ADDRESS RISK MINIMIZATION, PACE OF PLAY, MORE SCORING OPTIONS
A total of 16 rules changes were approved in high school water polo for the next two years with a focus on risk minimization, improving the pace of play and providing more scoring options on offense.
All rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Water Polo Rules Committee at its April 1 meeting held virtually were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. All changes will be a part of the 2020‑22 NFHS Water Polo Rules Book which will be available in late August.
As a means of creating more scoring opportunities, a 6‑meter line will be in place next year, allowing offensive players more space in the front court and giving the center forward more room to receive the ball. The 5‑meter line will continue to be used for penalty throws.
A number of changes were approved in Rule 4‑21 regarding how goals are scored, including that a goal can be scored on a direct shot on goal from a corner throw.
In Rule 4‑21‑1, at least two players must intentionally touch the ball after a free throw or restart of play inside 6 meters. If the foul is inside of 6 meters, the player must pass the ball to another player before a goal can be scored.