Underwater rugby in the United States

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Underwater Rugby started in the United States in 1979.

History[edit]

Nick Caloyianis started the first team at Catonsville Community College (now called Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville). He is a famous underwater filmmaker and director, with several televised specials. Catonsville Community College is just south of the Baltimore Beltway, and south of the city limits. Anne Arundel Community College had a competing team for several years. It was also played for a while at the YMCA pool in Severna Park, Arundel Olympic Swim Center pool in Annapolis, and briefly in a pool in Columbia and at Howard Community College. There weren't any players from Colombia, S. America for several years after the start of UW Rugby in the USA, although they did participate in the 1990s and had players on the men's team at 1999 and 2003 worlds and women's team at 2003 worlds. Voting representatives for the international CMAS rules changes were sent to the CMAS 1987 Underwater Rugby Worlds in Zurich, Switzerland, and to the worlds in 1991 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Boston started a team a couple of years later than Baltimore and Boston still plays both Underwater Rugby and more recently underwater hockey.

Around the year 2000, UW Rugby events in the US were basically UWR Clinics on which players from different parts of the country met to play during a weekend and play on a potluck format. After fail attempts to put together a National team to go to the World Championships of 2007 in Italy and 2011 in Finland, the only active clubs in the US (East Haven Makos, New Jersey Hammerheads, and Boston Narwhals) decided to join efforts with their Canadian counterparts (CAMO, Club Liberation) and started a Local Competition called the North American Underwater Rugby Tournaments (NAT) to raise the level of the game in both countries as well as provide continuous competition throughout the years for both countries.

With the North American Tournaments (NAT) the competition and level of play started to grow the sport and additional teams began to appear and expand the NAT tournaments. New Clubs started in the DC area, Florida, and later Wisconsin and California.

NAT tournaments also became attractive to clubs from other countries and participation especially from Colombian Clubs has been an additional motivation for local clubs.

USA clubs[edit]

Club name City State Active
San Diego San Diego CA No
San Francisco Giant Sea Bass[1] San Francisco CA Yes
East Haven Makos East Haven CT Yes
Fort Lauderdale and Florida Keys URC Fort Lauderdale FL Yes
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign IL No
Baltimore Baltimore MD No
Quincy Narwhals UW Rugby[2] Quincy MA Yes
Newark Underwater Recreation Newark NJ Yes
New Jersey Hammerheads Underwater Rugby Newark NJ Yes
Dallas-Fort Worth Dallas-Fort Worth TX No
Killeen Underwater Club Killeen TX No
University of Texas[3] Austin TX No
Marquette Aquamen UW Rugby Marquette MI Yes

International competition[edit]

The USA National Team has only been involved 4 times in CMAS world tournaments as described below.

1999 CMAS World Championship - Essen Germany A combined team of players from Baltimore, Boston, and some Colombian immigrants went to the Worlds in 1999 in Germany

2003 CMAS World Championship - Fredericia Denmark The team for the 2003 World Championship was assembled with players from different states with a base pool set in Massachusetts and in 2003 to Fredericia, Denmark. A combined women's team also went to Worlds in 2003.

2015 CMAS World Championship - Cali Colombia The teams for the 2015 World Championships was assembled with players from different states including MA, NJ, CT, FL, DC

2019 CMAS World Championship - Graz Austria The teams for the 2019 World Championships was assembled with players from different states including MA, NJ, CT, FL, DC, CA, TX

<ref>Results from the 1999 Underwater Rugby World Cup. "[1]". International Underwater Rugby Commission

Local competition[edit]

The North American Underwater Rugby Tournaments (NAT) started in 2011 as a competition of US and Canadian Clubs with the purpose of providing local and continuous competition throughout the year in an effort to grow the sport and improve the level of play In both countries

OPEN TOURNAMENT
Tournament Date City Host # Teams Champion 2nd pl. 3rd pl.
1st NAT Oct 2011 Brantford, ON - Can Liberation 4 CAMO Liberation NJ Hammerheads
2nd NAT Feb 2012 Quincy, MA - USA Boston Barwhals 7 Orphans Boston Narwhals B NJ Hammerheads
3rd NAT Jun 2012 Montreal, QC - Can CAMO 3 NJ Hammerheads CAMO Liberation
4th NAT Oct 2012 Brantford, ON - Can Liberation 4 CAMO Liberation NJ Hammerheads
5th NAT May 2013 Montreal, Qc - Can CAMO 5 CAMO A NJ Hammerheads Boston Narwhals
6th NAT Oct 2013 Brantford, ON - Can Liberation 3 Liberation CAMO NJ Hammerheads
7th NAT Jun 2014 Montreal, ON - Can CAMO 4 CAMO NJ Hammerheads Boston Narwhals
8th NAT Oct 2014 Toronto, ON - Can Toronto UWR 4 NJ Hammerheads CAMO Toronto UWR
9th NAT Apr 2015 Newark, NJ - USA NJ Hammerheads 5 NJ Hammerheads A CAMO East Haven Makos
10th NAT May 2015 Montreal, Qc - Can CAMO 5 NJ Hammerheads CAMO Toronto UWR
11th NAT Oct 2015 Brantford, ON - Can Liberation 6 NJ Hammerheads CAMO/Boston Mix Toronto UWR
12th NAT Feb 2016 Islamorada, FL - USA Florida Krakens 10 NJ Hammerheads NUWR Boston Narwhals
13th NAT May 2016 Montreal, Qc - Can Camo 6 NUWR CAMO Boston Narwhals
14th NAT Aug 2016 Toronto, ON - Can Toronto UWR 5 NUWR NJ Hammerheads CAMO
15th NAT Oct 2016 Newark, NJ - USA NUWR 10 NUWR A Boston Narwhals Florida Krakens
16th NAT Feb 2017 East Haven, CT - USA East Haven Makos 9 NUWR A Boston Narwhals CAMO
17th NAT May 2017 Montreal, QC - Can CAMO 8 Boston Narwhals NUWR CAMO A
18th NAT Sep 2017 Islamorada, FL - USA Florida Krakens N/A Cancelled Due To Hurricane
19th NAT Oct 2017 Newark, NJ - USA NJ Hammerheads 10 NUWR A Boston Narwhals NUWR B
20th NAT Feb 2018 Montreal, QC - Can CAMO 7 Boston Narwhals NUWR B CAMO
21st NAT May 2018 Pompano Beach, FL - USA Florida Krakens 10 Boston Narwhals NJ Hammerheads NUWR A
22nd NAT Aug 2018 Toronto, ON - Can Toronto UWR 8 CAMO A NJ Hammerheads Toronto UWR
23rd NAT Oct 2018 Newark, NJ - USA NUWR 8 Boston Narwhals NJ Hammerheads Florida Krakens
24th NAT Feb 2019 Quincy, MA - USA Boston Narwhals 8 Boston Narwhals A NJ Hammerheads Florida Krakens
25th NAT May 2019 Pompano Beach, FL - USA Florida Krakens 11 SCUBA (Col) Cachalotes (Col) Boston Narwhals
26th NAT Sep 2019 Toronto, ON - Can Toronto UWR 7 Boston Narwhals Toronto UWR CAMO
27th NAT Feb 2020 Newark, NJ - USA NJ Hammerheads 12 NJ Hammerheads A NUWR A CAMO
WOMEN TOURNAMENTS
Tournament Date City Host # Teams Champion 2nd pl. 3rd pl.
19th NAT Oct 2017 Newark, NJ - USA NJ Hammerheads 4 East Haven Makos L DC/Boston L NJ Hammerheads L
21st NAT May 2018 Pompano Beach, FL - USA Florida Krakens 4 Boston Narwhals L East Haven Makos L N/A
23rd NAT Oct 2018 Newark, NJ - USA NUWR 5 Connecticut Makos A L Boston Narwhals L DC UWR L
23rd NAT Oct 2018 Newark, NJ - USA NUWR 5 Connecticut Makos A L Boston Narwhals L DC UWR L
24th NAT Feb 2019 Quincy, MA - USA Boston Narwhals 5 Connecticut Makos A L Boston Narwhals L DC UWR L
25th NAT May 2019 Pompano Beach, FL - USA Florida Krakens 5 Connecticut Makos A L DC UWR L NJ Hammerheads L

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SF Underwater Rugby". SFUWR. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Boston Underwater Rugby". underwaterrugby.com. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ "U. of Texas Underwater Activities Team". U. of Texas Underwater Activities Team. Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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