Marco Polo

Game is to be played in a swimming pool.

Object of the Game: Not to get caught by "Marco" (the person who is "it")

Rules: One person is chosen to be "it" he/she closes his/her eyes and gets on one end of the swimming pool. He/she counts to 10 and shouts "Marco" and all the others in the pool shout "Polo". The one that shouts "Marco" has to try and catch one of the persons who shouts "Polo". It can be shouted as much as possible. Once he/she catches a person, then that person is now "it" and so on.....

Contributed by Kelly


We played with one additional rule to add to your list.   Everybody EXCEPT the "marco" (or 'it') was allowed to get out of the pool AS LONG AS they had one body part in the water.  For instance, I may have just my big toe in the pool.  I still have to answer your "marco" with my "polo" so it pays to keep moving, but I have to keep something in the water.  This rule lends itself to a lot of jumping in and out of the pool as well as jumping over some heads.

Contributed by Aleaza


Just one small rule to add to your list.

You always had to answer every "marco" with "polo". If "marco", or the person who is "it", notices you didn't answer, he says your name. If a majority of the players agree, then the person who didn't answer is it. The only exception is if the person who didn't answer was underwater at the time.

Contributed by Nicole Jones


Those shouting "polo" can get out of the water and run around if they want. However, if "Marco" shouts "Fish out of water", the person who is out of the pool is "it". 

Contributed by Fred Samson

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Origins behind the name Marco Polo:

Marco Polo...

This most popular of swimming games owes it's name to the Venetian explorer of the late 1200s and early 1300s whose travels to China, India and other parts of Asia helped to introduce the "mysterious Orient" to Western Europe.
Legend says that Marco Polo did not know where he was going when he first set out on his travels- hence the game's name.

from the book Pickle, Pepper and Tip-in too.
Kevin Nelson

Contributed by Sue - Thanks!


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