(Adding local short description: "Team sport played in kayaks", overriding Wikidata description "competitive discipline of canoeing" (Shortdesc helper))
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[[File:European Canoe Polo Championship 2013, Poznan (7).JPG|thumb|250px|European Canoe Polo Championship 2013]]
'''Canoe polo''', also known as '''kayak polo''', is one of the competitive disciplines of [[kayaking]], known simply as "polo" by its aficionados.
Each team has five players on the pitch (and up to three substitutes), who compete to score in their opponent's goal, which is suspended two metres above the water. The ball can be thrown by hand, or flicked with the paddle to pass between players and shoot at the goal. Pitches can be set up in swimming pools or any stretch of flat water.
Specialized equipment is needed to play Canoe polo. Items required are:
*'''Ball''': A [[water polo ball]] is constructed of buoyant material to allow it to float on the water. The cover is textured to give players additional grip. The size of the ball is different for men's, women's and junior games.
*'''Buoyancy aids''': A [[buoyancy aid]] is used to protect the players' torso from injury, and must provide an inch of foam on the front, sides and back of the player. All buoyancy aids are numbered to make the player identifiable to the other players, referees and spectators. Buoyancy aids are reversible and are colored with the
*'''Helmet and face guard''': Helmets and face-guards are compulsory to protect players head and face from injury caused by accidental contact from paddles or other kayaks.
*'''Goals''': The goals (measuring 1 meter high by 1.5 meters wide) are a frame with a net, suspended 2 meters above the water. A player, acting as goal keeper, defends the goal with their paddle by sticking it up vertically. Special rules concern the goal keeper, such as: the attacking team not being allowed to interfere with or jostle them. The length of the paddles used by the goal keepers are often longer than those used by other players. [[File:Canoe Polo Kayak.jpg|thumb|right|Canoe polo kayak]]