Underwater rugby; Have you ever tried this

What is underwater rugby

Other than the name, nothing associates it with real rugby. Not even a ball stuffed with salt water to keep it from emerging. The idea of this game came from Ludwig von Bersuda in 1961. At the German Underwater Club in Cologne. He invented this underwater ball game to keep his diving club members warm before proper training. Underwater rugby is a sport that requires a lot of strength and skill. 

Since 1978, underwater rugby has been recognized by the World Underwater Federation. In conjunction with underwater hockey. And in April of the same year, the first European Championship was held in Malmo (Sweden). Two years later, in 1980. when the first World Cup was first played, we got the World Champion.

Underwater rugby rules

The goal, logically, is to throw the ball into the ‘goal’ of a rival. Each match has two halves. Each with 15 minutes of effective play. Contact between rival players is only allowed when the player has the ball.

This is a fast and extremely difficult underwater game. Thus, changes are frequent and fast, and made throughout the game. Good tactics and good positioning are key elements of the game.

The ball can move in all directions but must not leave the water. Players during the match use various abilities like strength, speed, and mobility. As well as the low oxygen concentration in rivals. 

It is played in a 3.5m to 5m deep pool. With goals about 40 centimeters wide metal buckets. Since there are not too many people involved in these sport, it’s often played in mixed male-female teams

Players rules and position 

Players have three main positions. Front position, back position, and goalie. Each position is tactically important and requires a certain skill. The front position leads the attack to the opponent’s goal. While the last position keeps the goal and prevents the opponent from scoring. The goalkeeper in his position covers the goal with all forces. 

Underwater rugby rules forbid grabbing an opponent around the neck and head. Twisting a limb and striking other players directly is punishable.

Underwater rugby equipment

The equipment used in underwater rugby is the basic diving equipment consisting of: 

  • Fins and fin keepers which helps to avoid pulling off during the game 
  • Swimming goggles or masks that help to protect the eyes and for better visibility in the water
  • Snorkel
  • Swimming cap with ear protection

Common injuries

Injuries in underwater rugby are minimal. Mostly they are bruises or bloody nose. Drowning is almost impossible. because there are eleven players next to you. Who will come to your aid very quickly if anything happens. 

Underwater rugby video

Underwater rugby International competitions

National championships in Europe are held for seniors since 1978. And for juniors since 1986. World Cups have been held since 1980. A number of regional competitions are also taking place. Including the International Tournament. Followed by the European Champions Cup and the North American Underwater Rugby Tournament in North America.

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