Jun

21

Monty Waterbury

Final

Postage Stamp Farm

11

Cavalleria Toscana

10

Jun

21

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup

Final

Klentner Ranch

8

Mokarow Farms

9

Jun

23

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup - sf

5:00 PM ET

Mokarow Farms

0

Why Not

0

Jun

23

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup - sf

7:00 PM ET

Klentner Ranch

0

Farmers & Merchants Bank

0

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Jun

21

Monty Waterbury

Final

Postage Stamp Farm

11

Cavalleria Toscana

10

Jun

21

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup

Final

Klentner Ranch

8

Mokarow Farms

9

Jun

23

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup - sf

5:00 PM ET

Mokarow Farms

0

Why Not

0

Jun

23

Pacific Coast Intra-Circuit Cup - sf

7:00 PM ET

Klentner Ranch

0

Farmers & Merchants Bank

0

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Sport Of Polo

SPECTATOR GUIDE

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POLO 101

"Beyond all else, however, it is the basic feelings of intensity of playing a sport like ice-hockey-on-horses, running around at speeds of up to thirty mph, that I am addicted to. It makes me feel alive"- Adam Snow

What to expect from your first polo tournament experience? Polo matches offer a great opportunity to spend your day outside and enjoy a lot of fun for the whole family. Use this handy guide to get ideas on what to wear, what to do and how the seating works.

1. INTRO TO POLO

An outdoor polo game is between two teams comprised of four players, each on horseback, who compete on a 300 by 160 yard grass field. The objective of the game is to use mallets to drive the ball down the field, in order to score through the opposing team’s goal posts. Most outdoor polo games consist of 6 chukkers (periods) of 7 minutes and 30 seconds each, with a 10-minute halftime.

An arena polo game is between two teams comprised of three players, each on horseback, who compete in a 100 by 50 yard dirt-surface arena. The objective is the same as the outdoor game. Arena polo consists of four chukkers of 7 minutes and 30 seconds each, with a 10-minute halftime.

2. THROW-IN

The umpire bowls the ball in between the two ready teams, when the chukker begins or play resumes after a goal or foul.

3. DIRECTION OF PLAY

The initial direction of each team is chosen based on a coin toss at the beginning of the game. Teams move in the direction of their goal until the first goal is scored, after which teams switch goals. Direction is changed after each goal is scored.

In arena polo, the direction is only changed after each chukker.

4. THE LINE OF THE BALL

Players follow a “line of the ball,” an imaginary path along which the ball travels; it represents a right-of-way for the last player striking the ball and is the basis for most rules of the game. The player following the line and direction of the ball on his/her right has the right of way over all other players. No opposing player or horse may cross the line of the ball in an attempt to make a play.

5. RIDE OFF

This is one of the most common strategic moves in the game: when two players make contact and attempt to push each other off the line of the ball, to prevent their opponent from hitting the ball. The horses must be traveling at the same speed, shoulder-to-shoulder at a 45-degree angle or less.

6. HOOK

A defensive player may prevent an opponent from hitting the ball by hooking or striking his/her mallet. The player attempting the hook must be on the same side as the offensive player’s mount as the ball, or in a direct line behind and may not hook when the mallet is higher than the horse's back.


DRESS

Believe it or not, polo can be informal and laid-back, as well as extravagant and elite. Many people envision polo as the Kentucky Derby where ladies don their beautiful dresses and elaborate hats. A warning to the ladies, high heels are not recommended if you plan on participating in the traditional halftime divot stop. Still, known as the “Sport of Kings,” you will find many stylish spectators, but, depending on the location and type of polo event, sporty, relaxed dress is usually acceptable. The game has become more of a family event so when it comes to fashion, you are sure to spot everything on the sidelines from casual to couture.

THE DIVOT STOMP

The Divot Stomp is one of the oldest and most widely known traditions of polo. When the game breaks at halftime, spectators are invited to march onto the field to socialize and replace the divots that are torn up by the horses’ hooves during play. This serves as a great time to meet new people, move around after the first half, and help restore the field’s smooth playing surface.

SEATING

Most polo clubs are open for public viewing on weekends. You can enjoy a polo match played by some of the greatest athletes in the world right from the sidelines! Check on the seating accommodations at your local club. Find your local club here

Polo is played in more than 60 countries and enjoyed by more than 50 million people each year.

So get off the Internet and get in the middle of world-class competition between some of the greatest names in athletic sport. Check with a club near you for the next polo match.

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