little history


underwater rugby was invented in Germany in 1961, bored in the winter divers.Then warm suits for ice diving athletes have not been, and switch to diving in the pool did not allow pride.In this regard, they have come up with themselves underwater fun: play with a ball on the bottom of the pool.The meaning of the game is to throw the ball into the opponent's basket mounted on the bottom of the pool.

game idea occurred to Ludwig Van Bersuda - a member of the German Underwater Club.For the game, he modified the ball uploading it salty water.As a result, it has acquired a negative buoyancy and slowly began to sink.The degree of its buoyancy can be controlled by varying the salt concentration in the ball.Thus was invented the first underwater ball game.

Modern shell for underwater rugby is made of rubber, it is filled with salt water and weighs about three kilograms.It is half the size of a basketball, flying after a shot within three meters, and has no right to be on the surface of the water during the game. As a full-fledged sport underwater rugby was recognized in 1978.Meanwhile, this game is still a non-Olympic sport.

outfit for underwater rugby


Each player should be equipped flippers, snorkel and underwater goggles.Tubes and glasses with opponents while playing pluck prohibited - during which players are fined.

how to play underwater rugby


underwater rugby is a team sport.It is played by two teams of 12 people, and in the water may be only six people, the rest are spare.They tend to reside near the edge of the pool.

Underwater golf has a size of 10-12 meters wide and 15-18 meters in length.The depth of the pool can range from 3.5 to 5 meters.The duration of the game is two halves, each of which lasts 15 minutes.

main objective of the players - to hammer the ball into the opponent's basket, which is located on the bottom of the pool.She pressed down to the bottom using heavy weights.Hole basket is 40 centimeters in diameter.Players are allowed to fight, but only to those who hold in their hands the ball ..

for the successful performance of underwater rugby players need to master several skills at once - speed and agility of movement in the water, the power to fight for the ball and the ability to hold your breath for a long time.During the game, the athletes move forward and backward, right and left, and up and down.Players have the right to periodically come to the surface to gulp oxygen. spectacle, which takes place under water between the players, a scene reminiscent of feeding the fish in the aquarium.In the basket 12 players literally woven into a "live" with the ball and pull the ball from each other.

in underwater rugby a team can play the players of different sexes.However, in the game there is a fairly clear gradation in the role.Some must push and force the opponent to make breakthroughs on the bottom of the pool, the other - to block the opponent and fight at the water surface.This is a very tiring sport, which is why the players are always the charge of replacement.