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Summer Series #8: Water Polo

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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“A very exciting, very rough team sport,” comments Brianne G, age 15, when asked about Water Polo. Her first experience of playing the game was in September when she misunderstood her coach and played in net. “…the coach came up to me and with a strong French accent said, “Would you be comfortable playing net?” But with his accent and the sound of the game I heard. ” Would you be comfortable playing next?” So I nodded because I really didn’t want to play yet but the next thing I knew I was being pushed in the water and thrown the goalie cap.” Since then, Brianne G. has continued to play water polo and she loves it.

Similar to basketball, water polo uses ball-handling skills. When moving a ball, you must keep it in front of you and on the surface of water. To score points, you throw the ball into a net instead of a basket like in handball. Due to the fact that you cannot touch the sides of the pool or the bottom, you are continually treading water and swimming making swimming a key part of the sport.

Want to join this exhilarating sport? Well, the first step to playing water polo is the
ability to swim really well and have high endurance to tread water. YMCA Calgary has many swimming lessons starting from toddlers going all the way to adult swimming lessons. There are stroke improvement classes, aqua boot camps and more to work on and improve your swimming skills. Visit the Programs page for more information.

Get out there and get swimming!

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Summer Series #4: Netball

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Created in 1899, Netball is a game similar to basketball but with slight alterations to the rules. In netball, you can’t dribble, where moving the ball involves passing. This game features thirds in which only certain players can go in. The duration of netball includes four 15mins quarters.


Netball was made off of the basis of basketball. In 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian Immigrant to Canada, created basketball. He sent a copy to a sports teacher, Clara Baer in New Orleans. When she was looking at the drawings of the court, she misinterpreted the player’s actions as remaining in the third they were drawn in.

Compared to basketball, netball is slower which is preferred by some. I really enjoyed it when I tried it. It involved everybody on the team so no one was left out.

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Summer Series #3: Ringette

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Have you wanted to play hockey, but maybe it was a little bit aggressive for you? Try Ringette. Ringette is similar to hockey (played on ice, uses similar equipment) except instead of a puck, you use a blue rubber ring, a stick without the blade on the end and different rules.

Ringette is a girls-only sport that was created in Ontario by Samual Perry Jacks. Interestingly enough, it has modified a lot from the first ringette game played in 1963. One thing is for sure; the pace is a lot quicker than it was 49 years ago. Jacks created ringette in the hopes that girls would have a chance to play a game that was similar to hockey, but unique to girls.

I have been playing ringette for the past 8 years and I have loved every moment of it. . I have made a lot of friends through ringette and I feel like this a great way to stay in shape.

This sport is open to individual of all ages. In fact, in my first year of ringette, there was a four year old on my team. Ringette has been a great source of pleasure and exercise for me. Explore the links below for more information on this great sport.

Interesting facts about Samual Jacks:

  • He was an assistant physical director at the West End in Toronto YMCA from 1935-1940
  • He also created floor hockey
  • He had three sons who played hockey, but he wanted to create a game that would give girls more opportunities.

Ringette Links

Ringette Canada

Ringette Calgary


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