Kayak Polo, also known as Canoe Polo overseas, is an official international sport that is a cross between water polo, basketball, and hockey. Two teams of five players paddle kayaks and pass a water polo ball using their hands and paddle. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the goal of the opposing team. Players cannot paddle while holding onto the ball. They can only hold the ball for five seconds before they must pass or dribble. While one team passes the ball and tries to score, the other team defends their goal and tries to gain possession of the ball.  If a player has the ball, it is legal to push them over!
There are special kayaks designed for the sport, which most regular players own.  The club also has its own gear to loan free to new players.  Safety equipment includes a life jacket and helmet with face mask.  The game looks fast and furious but injuries are rare.

Introduction to Kayak Polo

Austin Kayak Polo is an informal group of players.  There is no president, meetings, or dues.  We just play polo.  (OK, we socialize some too, and many of us are also whitewater paddlers...)  We started playing in 1997 and the team was formally formed in 1998.  We won the National Men's Championship in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the Women's Championship in 2007 and 2009.  Our Under 21 team won the National Championship in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2015.

We play twice a week, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. We occasionally hold beginners/youth sessions more focused on instruction if there is enough interest on Mondays at 6:30 PM. We play under the MoPac (Loop 1) bridge on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas (click Where we play for details). 
We play all year round unless the temperature is under 40 degrees. The lights from the highway allow us to play in the dark in fall and winter. All games are pickup games, with all levels mixed. We just make the teams even from whoever shows up.
We do own some club equipment, which we loan to beginners. There is a small charge for repeated use of club equipment (so that we can maintain it).

Austin Kayak Polo is a division of the Austin Paddling Club, a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization.

Games, all gear, and informal instruction are free. The best way to start is to join the meet up group http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Kayak-Polo-Club/.  Or you can just come out to one of our practices and look for the big white trailer and talk to us.  It's best to be on time so we can outfit you with gear before we go to the water.