Teams consist of 6 players in the water with additional subs on the sides. The subs must stay
completely out of the water.
Players are generally configured in the position of
- 3 forwards, 2 pivots, 1 defense
- 3 forwards, 1 pivot, 2 defense
The teams start at their end of the pool where the center-forwards race for posession of the puck.
From there play continues until a penalty is called or a goal is scored. In order for a goal to be valid it must be
shot from the stick into the trough of the goal. Once a goal is scored the puck is returned to the center of the pool
and another faceoff occurs.
A penalty can result from excessive rough play, holding someone so they can't move, etc.
In an official game, play periods are broken up into two 15 minute halves with a brief half-time
where the teams swich sides. This is very important if the game is taking place in a pool of uneven depths.