Boston Massachusetts, USA
About | History
The underwater rugby team from Boston started in Quincy, Massachusetts out of the South Shore Neptunes' Skin Diving Club in the early 1980's. Dive club members began playing underwater hockey and underwater rugby to stay in shape during the winter months. Underwater rugby was played at the time with a volleyball filled with salt water and two 5 gallon plastic pails weighted with 5 pound dive weights as the ball and goal.
When the internet became popular, the team learned there was another rugby team in Baltimore, Maryland that also played underwater rugby and a match was set up between the two teams. This was the first underwater rugby competition in the United States.
The teams began planning to play in the World Cup competition and focused on building a US team to compete under the international rules. The first time the United States competed was in Essen, Germany in 1999. The team competed a second time in Fredericia, Denmark four years later and also fielded a women's team for the competition. A US Men's and Women's team was sent to Columbia in 2015.
The Quincy team is very active today and plays twice a week. Although there have been attempts to expand the sport in the United States, there are still very few active teams playing in the USA. There are teams currently playing in Boston, New Jersey, Key Largo, San Francisco and Canada. The Boston team has remained the center and home base of Underwater Rugby activity in the United States.