Team rosters are currently rotated each night, and all players are responsible for helping with refereeing and setup/cleanup duties.
- register yourself to play (or just recieve club email notifications) by clicking the relevant
new button below and entering your information on the form that appears.
- update your information by selecting yourself and clicking
the relevant edit button (you will need your entry password to do this).
There are typically three seasons per polo year (fall, winter, and spring), and the polo year goes from from mid-October through early May. Club information will be communicated via email or posted on this website.
All players must join the club, pay fees, and sign a release form before they get on the water.
Kayak polo is a physical, contact sport and you play at your own risk. No responsibility will be taken by the Organizers or any connected party for injury or damage to any persons or property.
Late registrations (after each round begins) will be accepted if there is room.
Please see the news page for fee and schedule information
Players will play in teams of 6 to 7 (5 can be on the court - the others
can used as subs). Rosters are rotated nightly and attempts are made to create teams of roughly even skill and experience levels for the best play.
All players currently play in one division, and team rosters are rotated nightly to ensure an even skill and experience distribution across teams.
For current fee information, see the news page. Fees cover insurance, equipment, and pool costs and must be paid at the beginning of each season. This provides a minimum of two games per night.
MKP works hard to keep fees low by dividing our actual costs by the number of players signed up. If you sign up, please plan to pay fees because otherwise the club gets left in a lurch with insufficient funds.
Because the club must sign a contract with the city and pay pool fees as a lump sum, fees for each round are charged to players in full at the beginning of each round. Fees can be paid via Paypal (see the news page) or by check to "MKP". Drop off fees and waiver forms at the scoring table in the pool area on the first
night of each round.
Fees and release forms must be received by the club BEFORE YOU CAN PLAY!
Play will take place on Thursday nights between 7:45 and 10:30pm. Please
plan to help with set up, scorekeeping, refereeing, and cleanup.
Check the latest news for the most up to date information.
The competition will take place at the EPIC (Eldora Pool and Ice Center),
1801 Riverside, Ft Collins, Colorado (970 221-6683).
See local map. EPIC is an indoor venue with two courts...
- Court 1 (west) - 22 by 34 meters.
- Court 2 (east) - 15 by 25 meters.
The western pool door may not be used by kayak polo players. Enter EPIC
through the main entrance and enter the pool area through the glass doors near
the snack bar or through the locker rooms. The trailer containing club boats
and equipment is now outside the south door of the pool.
The club is responsible for setup and cleanup of the pool, as well
as all of the details involved in running the competition. If everyone
pitches in, the nights run quickly and smoothly. Teams will be assigned duties
such as refereeing, scorekeeping, setup, and cleanup with the weekly draw.
Team managers are responsible for ensuring that team duties are performed.
In addition to team duties, everyone should plan to pitch in whenever
necessary to make things run smoothly.
A team will be appointed to table duty for each game. The team on
table is responsible for keeping the games running on schedule and keeping
- Two people are needed to staff the table!
- Set up a table on the southern side of the pool between the two courts.
- Set up the timing and scoring stuff.
- Sound the buzzer for the start and end of each period - the times are
written on the score sheet (this is the signal to the referees that they
should start or end the period).
- Record the scores for both games on the score sheet.
- Dismantle the table and put the gear away.
- Bring the club boats and gear in from the trailer on the south side of the
pool. All gear must be clean. If boats must be rinsed, ask the pool staff for
assistance with a hose. Note: Only polo boats are allowed in polo games for
safety reasons. If you require an exception to this rule, talk to a polo
- Pull in the lanes to the sides of the pool. Don't do this until
the lane is clear of swimmers (check with the swim coaches if you think you
can do this early). Ratchet handles are on the windowsill in the control room.
- Move the deep end bulkhead beam to the end of the pool. Drag ropes and
wrenches are in the cabinet inside the store room door. If you're unsure how
to move the bulkhead, ask someone on the committee. Most important part - move both ends evenly,
otherwise it will jam as it twists.
- Lower the goals and nets (to the bottom clip position).
- Take down the flag lines (we must be very careful not to damage these).
Ratchet handles are on the windowsill in the control room.
Each night a team will be assigned to cleanup duty. The cleanup
team is responsible for getting the pool area back how we found it very
quickly. Other folks should plan to help out with this whenever possible
The more help the cleanup team has, the faster it goes.
- Move the deep end bulkhead beam back into position. Drag ropes and
wrenches are in the cabinet inside the store room door. If you're unsure
how to move the bulkhead, ask someone on the committee. Most important
part - move both ends evenly, otherwise it will jam as it twists.
- Raise the goals and nets (to the upper clip position).
The nets should be thrown into the goal frames (use on of the clips to
close the ball release hole so the net doesn't fall out). Make sure the
ropes are coiled and tied up above arms reach (from the pool deck).
- Set up the lanes (use the last teams on the water to drag them
from end to end). Ratchet handles are on the windowsill in the control
- Reset the flag lines (we must be very careful not to damage these).
Ratchet handles are on the windowsill in the control room.
- Put club boats and other gear into the trailer outside the south
door of the pool area.
- Do a sweep of the pool for trash, leaves, etc (do a real good job
of this, please).
One team will be allocated refereeing duties for each court.
Initially not all teams will possess the skills and knowledge to do
some of the duties (refereeing training will periodically be provided).
- The refereeing team is to provide two referees for the game.
- The table will sound a buzzer for the beginning and end of each
period. Referees should start the period as soon after the buzzer as
possible. They should end each period at the sound of the buzzer.
- The table will keep track of the score. Referees should indicate
each score to the table.
One person from the committee will be assigned to manage the nights for each
round. This person is responsible for ensuring that the pool is set
up and cleaned up properly as well as ensuring
that games run smoothly and in a timely fashion.
Making sure that the pool is
looked after is imperative - otherwise we won't be playing there very
PLEASE NOTE: We must be completly out of the pool half an hour after games end,
other wise we will incur a $25 penalty for EVERY 5 minutes after that!
Please cleanup, and change quickly - leave the post-game to the bar...
Thanks for your help with running the league!
All players must use a kayak polo boat, a kayak polo paddle, and a helmet
with a facemask for safety reasons. These are typically different from whitewater
paddling equipment. If you are not sure about the acceptability of your equipment,
talk to a committee member. If you do not have your own polo equipment, you can
use MKP club boats, paddles, and helmets. Keep in mind that club gear is used
by many people. Plan to share, and be aware that club gear may not be maintained
as well as your personal gear may be. Please plan to help with maintenance of
the club gear if you use club gear. MKP provides numbered PFDs for game play for
everyone. You must provide your own spray skirt.
MKP club gear includes:
- All equipment that you bring into the pool MUST be totally clean.
- 18 plastic Polo kayaks -- Club boats are generally marked with a number or
letter. These will be available for general use on Polo nights free of charge.
Please make sure you're not pinching a private boat when you go to grab one!
- 20 helmets with facemasks. All players are required to wear a
- 31 reversible pfd's in a variety of sizes.
- 15 plastic polo paddles Thin-bladed whitewater paddles with taped up edges are not allowed!
The nature of the rules of the game make canoe
polo an inherently safe sport. The following are for your protection, and are
required by the rules:
- Paddle blades less than 5mm thick are not allowed!
- The front of all kayaks must be padded with at least
1.5 inches of soft foam (or similar material). Polo boats will have this padding
and it must be in good condition. If you have special permission from the committee
to use a non-polo boat, padding must be glued/taped on really well, otherwise
it will come off!
- We also require ALL players to wear helmets with a FACEMASK.
The most common injuries in Kayak Polo are caused by accidental paddles to the face -
which are entirely eliminated with the use of proper facemasks.
- IF ARE NOT WEARING A HELMET WITH A FACEMASK AND A PFD, OR
- YOUR BOAT IS NOT TOTALLY CLEAN, OR
- YOUR BOAT IS NOT PADDED AT THE FRONT, OR
- YOUR PADDLE BLADES ARE NOT THICK ENOUGH,
YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE WATER!
shy about reffing -- we always need more! Get poolside with a whistle and start blowing. The setup at EPIC will
allow us to run one referee on each side as is supposed to happen. More training
for refs will be ongoing.