Water Polo Competition Specifics


Monday August 11 and Tuesday August 12- Round Robin Tournament  - 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday August 13- Round Robin Tournament - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday August 14 thru Friday August 15 - Two Day Single Elimination Tournament - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Best GPS Address:

Case Western Reserve University - Veale Natatorium - 2138 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH. 44106

Parking: Use parking garage (fee) on the east side of Veale Center


Case Western Reserve University’s Veale Natatorium is located 5 miles (8 km) east of Cleveland’s downtown Public Square. Using public transportation from downtown Cleveland, take the Health Line from Public Square (the Euclid Avenue and Ontario Street Station) to the Euclid Avenue and Stokes Avenue Station. The Veale Natatorium is located south of Euclid Avenue, walking along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and turning left/east onto the Harrison Dillard Trail, walking into campus, then turning right/south and walking to the Veale Center.

An alternate route using public transportation is to take the Rapid Transit Authority Light Rail train from Tower City Station, traveling east on the Red line toward Stokes/Windermere, exiting at the University Circle Station. Walk west along Cedar Glen Parkway, entering the campus on the right side of the road, walking past Emerson Hall, and turning left along a walkway that connects to the Veale Center.

Events and Divisions

Open Division Women's Division

The 2014 Gay Games Water Polo tournament will have one "Open" division for men, women or mixed teams. It will also have a Women’s Division, assuming that more than three women-only teams register. Women may register for both the Open Division and the Women’s Division.


No more than 20 teams may compete. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 5 games. Each team will play no more than 2 games each day. Teams may be Women's, Men's, or Mixed. Teams contain at least 7, and no more than 20 players, two of them being goalkeepers. Players can register to only one team. Exception: Women competing in the women's division may also compete in the open division. Players may register to compete on any team, regardless of their place of residence.

All competitors must be currently registered in accordance with the regulations governing masters swimming in their country. Any competitor has to be at least 18 years old on 1 August 2014.


The tournament will run under the rules for USA Water Polo, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and following the recommendations of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA).

Duration of play: 4 periods of 6 minutes, 2 minute intervals between the first and second period, as well as between second and third period. Five minute interval between third and fourth period. Ball possession: 35 seconds. 15 minute warm up before each game.

Gay Games 9 will be using current FINA rules. Each team will be allocated 1 timeout per quarter. In the event of a tie during bracket play, the game ends in a tie. In a game where a winner needs to be determined, play will proceed directly to a shootout of 5 shots. For the purpose of tie breaking during bracket play, a maximum of 10 goal differential will be used.