MASTERS WATER POLO RULES (MWP)
MWP 1 Age groups for Masters Water Polo shall apply for men, mixed, and women teams.
MWP 2 The age of the youngest member of the team determines the age group of the team. There are no restrictions on the ages of any players older than the youngest player on the team.
MWP 3 Age groups for teams are at five-year intervals beginning with 30. i.e. 30+, 35+, 40+. . . .
MWP 4 Composition of Teams
MWP 4.1 A player may not represent more than one club in any Masters Water Polo competition or the Masters World Championships. However, a player may represent the same club on two teams in the same competition or the Masters World Championships.
MWP 4.2 If a club entered has players on more than one team in a competition, or the FINA World Masters Championships, then each of these teams must have at least nine players that are only on the roster for that team. The nine designated players are to be listed on the roster opposite the number they will wear in the competition, with an asterisk (*) next to the number.
MWP 4.3 In the event that the teams from a club that have players playing on their team that are also representing the club on another team are scheduled to play at the same time in the competition, then the players playing on two teams can only be declared on the roster for one team at that scheduled time.
MWP 4.4 Women players may be members of men's teams.
MWP 5 The Water Polo Rules in Part VI of this Handbook shall apply to Masters Water Polo with the following exceptions:
MWP 5.1 Each team shall consist of seven players, one of who shall be the goal keeper and who shall wear the goalkeepers cap, and not more than eight reserves may be used as substitutes, listed on the game roster, which must be submitted to the official’s table for each game, not less than 45 minutes before each game commences. All players listed on the game roster will be eligible to play in the game. After the games has commenced, a team playing with less than seven players shall not be required to have a goal keeper.
MWP 5.2 WP 4.3 shall apply except that the goalkeeper shall wear cap no. 1 and the other caps shall be numbered 2 to 15. A substitute goalkeeper shall wear a red cap numbered 13.
MWP 5.3 The uniform distance between the respective goal lines shall be 23.5 metres minimum, and the uniform width of the field of play shall be 17 metres minimum.
MWP 5.4 WP 11 time standards shall apply except that the duration of the Masters games shall be four periods of seven minutes each actual play for the 30+, 35+, 40+ and 45+ age groups and six minutes each actual play for the 50+, 55+, 60+, etc. age groups.
MWP 5.5 There shall be a two minute interval between each period of play. The teams including the players, coaches and team officials, shall change ends before starting the third period and the second period of any extra time.
MWP 5.6 WP 14.4 method of scoring shall apply except that the time of possession of the ball shall be 35 seconds.