The nine years since the birth of the HaBaWaBa have played an important role in the development of water polo courtesy of the diligent and invaluable work of the association, Waterpolo Development.
The continued growth in the number of participants and countries involved in the event has generated a new grassroots movement, composed of a large group of children who at the age of 7 to 8 can notch up their first experiences of waterpolo which was unthinkable just 10 years ago. A movement which has local followers just to further facilitate the expansion of our beautiful sport. For this reason in 2011, WPD and FIN sat around a table and started to study how to promote the continual renewal of this phenomenon.
In the season of 2013/14, the idea took shape in different regions of Italy, giving rise to numerous tournaments where children under 9 and under 11 from local teams vowed to practice more and more the game provided under the Official HaBaWaBa Regulations. This water polo saw its consecration in interregional tournaments “All in the pool”, played in Cremona and Civitavecchia, and the “Tomorrow’s Champions’ Trophy”, which has become a permanent fixture for the club Rai of Rome.
The 2014/15 season respected the HaBaWaBa phenomenon: with increasing numbers and participants in regions involving great coordination between the officials and regional institutions that chose to adopt 100% the official rules of HaBaWaBa.
The 2015/16 season saw the movement take on an even more stable form with an increase in the number of matches and a closer collaboration with the Regional Committees. A growing partnership emerged, that between WPD and FIN; from Piedmont to Sicily, Veneto, Lombardy, Liguria, Tuscany, Marche, Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania, Puglia and Basilicata. The most common water polo acronym in Italy and abroad expanded its range of action in the name of the development of this beautiful sport in the country.
A growing movement, therefore, has replaced the obsolete term “aquagoal”, in the name of an investment that has become necessary for technical reasons. It is a new way of interpreting water polo with increasing attention being paid to the daily needs of the management of facilities.