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34 Annual Des Moines Tounament

Updated tournament schedule due to cancellation
Catch Exciting Water Polo Action July 13-14 at Ashworth Pool

The best water polo teams from throughout the Midwest will visit Ashworth Pool in Greenwood Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, for the 34th Annual Des Moines Water Polo Tournament. Water polo is considered by many as the ultimate team endurance sport.

This year, teams from Madison, Kansas City, Chicagoland, Minneapolis, and Des Moines will round out the 10-team tournament schedule. The teams are: Hippos (Madison), Kansas City Water Polo, Minnesota Water Polo, Gators (Northbrook, IL), Chicago Park District, Apostles (Chicago), Outlaws (Frankfort, IL), and the Polo Bears A and B teams (Des Moines). Admission is free and refreshments are available.

There will be continuous water polo action Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 14, the second-round games are between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each game lasts about 45 minutes. The final round schedule will be posted at the pool.

Saturday, July 13
8:30 AM Gators vs Kansas City
9:20 AM Minnesota vs Polo Bear B
10:10 AM Hippos vs Polo Bears A
11:00 AM Chicago Park vs Gators
11:50 AM Break
12:30 PM Apostles vs Minnesota
1:20 PM Outlaws vs Hippos
2:10 PM Kansas City vs Chicago Park
3:00 PM Polo Bears B vs Apostles
3:50 PM Polo Bears A vs Outlaws

Sunday, July 14—Teams reseeded based on Saturday’s games
7:30 AM First game
2:15 PM Final game

Ashworth Pool is located in southern Greenwood Park, 45th Street and Grand Avenue. Swimmers of all abilities are welcomed, including those new to the sport. Practices begin with drills for swimmers with no water polo experience.

The Des Moines Water Polo Club continues to welcome new members to join the team. Water polo emphasizes swimming ability, conditioning, ball skills, and teamwork. The Des Moines Water Polo Club practices Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Ashworth Pool.

Teams of one goalkeeper and six field players play in a water polo match. Players are not allowed to touch the bottom or side of the pool during a match and only the goalkeeper is permitted to touch the ball with two hands. Shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal scores a point. Each team has just 30 seconds to score before the possession goes to the opposition.

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