Splash Polo

Takapuna Primary School participate in the North Harbour Water Polo, Splash Polo Competition, played at AUT Millennium Pool on Sunday afternoons.

Splash Polo (formally known as Flippa Ball) and most commonly known as ‘Mini Water Polo’. The game is a water-based sport and is a great way for kids to be active while building confidence when in the water. Splash Polo is for primary aged school children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Days & Dates:

Term 1:

TPS uses term 1 as their practice term for those children that are wanting to play in terms 2, 3 & 4 or try Splash Polo for the first time. The TPS school pool is a great place for players to learn game skills and confidence in the water while learning Splash Polo.

Terms 2, 3 & 4:

Sundays in Terms 2, 3 and 4 2022

  • Term 2 -: Sunday 8th May - Sunday 3rd July (No Games Queens Birthday or Matariki Weekend)

  • Term 3 -: Sunday 7th August - Sunday 25th September

  • Term 4 -: Sunday 30th October - Sunday 11th December

No play/games on public holidays

Playing & Competition Information:

Teams & Grades:

TPS will aim to have the following teams depending on numbers registered:

  • Year 3 & 4 mixed boys and girls

  • Year 5 & 6 mixed boys and girls

Depending on the number of TPS students who register in time to play will depend on the make-up of the teams each term and year. Teams are 7-a-side in the pool and up to 2 subs (maximum of 9 players per team).


Splash Polo can be a tough game to play, a moderately high level of swimming ability is required. All players wishing to play flippa ball must be able to complete the following:

  • Swim 50m freestyle (2 lengths of TPS school pool) unsupported/unaided and non-stop without putting their feet down.

  • Tread water or perform egg beater for 60 seconds (1 minute) unsupported/unaided and non-stop.


Games are played on Sunday afternoons and evenings with rounds scheduled between 1pm and 7pm each week, with younger players playing in the earlier time slots.

Games are 2 x 8 minute halves, 16 minutes in duration.


The draw will be published on the North Harbour Waterpolo website for the season.


  • There is no TPS playing uniform for flippa ball.

  • Players must be in swimwear. Rash shirts and long sleeve swimwear are not advised for flippa ball.

  • No goggles to be worn

  • Water polo caps are provided for each player by NH Water polo


  • TPS flippa ball Fees are $60 per player per term, to be paid at either the school office or online payment portal.

Registrations for all TPS teams are currently CLOSED


Our TPS Splash Polo teams require parent support in coaching and managing teams. If your child/ren are registered to play within a TPS team and you are able to assist with coaching or managing please indicate this on your child/ren’s registration. We need volunteer coaches and managers to help!

Note: By registering your child in a sporting activity, you agree that your child will play for the duration of their intended season and will pay the registration fee.

If you have any sports related questions, please email Anneke at sports@tps.school.nz