SUP Polo rules

We are focused on the fun and teaching you how to play.  So don't stress about knowing all the rules in order to come play with us.

Costumes encouraged



  • Ball to be played with paddle only
  • No use of hands, feet or head to advance ball
  • Ball can only be played while standing up, no kneeling or in the water passes or shots.
  • No goalie in front of the goal allowed, all players must be paddling
  • No Intenational contact with another player by striking paddles, or boards.
  • Rubbing rails is fair.
  • INFLATABLE BOARDS ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS.  (Dig Paddlesports will provide)


  • Teams of 3 – 4 players each (ideal)


Equipment: (Provided by Dig Paddlesports, and Starboard SUP - Thanks Russ!)

  • 6 -8 INFLATABLE Paddleboards. 
  • 6 sup polo paddle
  • 1 sup polo ball


Duration of the Game: (this is subject to change)

  • 2x 10 min halves (teams to change sides at halftime)
  • 5 min halftime
  • (1) 5 minute over time
  • If game tied after end of overtime, each player will shoot 1 shot at goal from midfield – the most goals wins.
  • If still tied, each team will take a shot in sudden death shoot-out – team who scores first wins.

Minor Fouls:

  • Use hand or feet to block or advance ball – opposing team gets ball at point of foul.
  • Ramming into another team players board.
  • A player is positioned in front of goal without paddling and acting as a goalie – opposing team receives the ball.
  • Kneeling while passing the ball or retrieving ball from the water while player is in the water – opposing team receives ball at point of foul.

Major Fouls:

  • Intentionally charging another players board  with your board – 1 min penalty assessed.
  • Using hands or feet or head to block goal from being scored – penalty shot from midfield.
  • Player is standing in front of goal (blocking), without paddling, shot is taken and blocked – penalty shot from midfield.
  • When penalty shots are taken, all players must be behind player taking shot at midfield.
Any player receiving 3 (1 min) penalties is disqualified. Team will play remainder of the game with only 2 players.
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