Canoe Polo is a paddle sport played by two teams of five players in open water or a pool within a rectangular enclosure (marked by buoys). The games are split into two halves of 10 minutes. The objective is to score in the opponent’s goal, which is suspended above the water at each end of the pitch. The ball used in canoe polo is the same as in water polo but can be controlled by hand or by paddle. If the match ends in a tie, the teams play sudden-death overtime, meaning the first team to score after regulation time wins.
The kayaks used in canoe polo are lighter than typical kayaks to help with quick movement and maneuverability, and paddles have a thicker rounded edge to prevent injury.
Canoe polo games have been played in Great Britain since the late 19th century and in the U.S. since the first half of the 20th century, although it was likely different stylistically from the modern game.
The world championships for canoe polo have taken place every two years since 1994. As of May 2021, Germany is the reigning champion on the men’s and women’s side and has the most overall medals: nine for men and twelve for women.
The World Games for canoe polo occur every four years and the United States is set to host the event in 2022.
To contact the United States Kayak Polo Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upcoming Events
- Support the Team and Sport
- 2022 World Games – July 14-17, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.
- 2022 ICF World Championships – August 16-21, 2022 in Saint-Omer, France
- Pan American Championships – TBD
The World Games is a televised multi-sport event, held every four years for sports and disciplines that are not yet in the Olympic Games.
Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Canoe/Kayak Polo Teams are actively seeking sponsors and donations to cover the athletes’ expenses including airfare, hotel booking, training camp costs, tournament registrations, gear transfer, and more.
Sponsors’ logos will be displayed on their gear (boats, rash guards, helmets, and paddles) and sportswear on and off the water.
Please find the women’s team GoFundMe link here.
Follow the women’s team on Facebook, Instagram, or send them an email.
Please find the men’s team GoFundMe link here.
Check out the men’s team Facebook Page here.
2022 Men's National Team
Peter Hargreaves National Team Co-coach
Sam Reifsnyder National Team Co-coach
Ahmed (Sami) Khalil National Team Manager
Alexander Sasha Izmailov 2022 National Team
Gavin Hu 2022 National Team
Marcos Fourquet 2022 National Team
Andrew Irvine 2022 National Team
Divan Barnard 2022 National Team
Mark Poindexter 2022 National Team
Adam Hugo 2022 National Team
2022 Women's National Team
Svetlana Platonova 2022 National Team, Co-Captain
Olly Gotel 2022 National Team, Team Manager
Sarah McGarrity 2022 National Team
Emily Pozzi 2022 National Team
Christine Plenge 2022 National Team
Stephanie Schnorr 2022 National Team, Captain
Carson Chruscicki 2022 National Team
Myrna Lewis 2022 National Team
Tarika Thienapirak 2022 National Team
Bill Schoolcraft National Team Coach