General

  • The ground is 300 yard long, 200 yards wide.
  • Each chukka is 7 minutes. In the last chukka the game ends on the bell unless there is a tie.
  • There are intervals of 3 minutes between chukka; 5 minutes at half-time
  • Ends are changed after each goal.
  • Each player is handicapped from minus 2 up to 10 goals (the best player) The aggregate handicap of the players is the team handicap.

Penalties

  • A goal is given if a dangerous cross occurs in the vicinity of the goal.
  • The ball is thrown in 10 yards in front of the goal without ends being changed.
  • Free hit from 30 yards opposite the centre of the goal defenders to be behind the back line and outside the goal posts, which they must not ride through when the ball is hit.
  • Free hit from 40 yards same condition as above.
  • Free hit from 60 yards none of the defending side to be nearer than 30 yards when the ball is hit.

- Free hit from the spot where the foul took place no defender to be nearer than 30 yards.
- Corners a free hit is given 60 yards from the goal from a spot opposite where the ball was hit behind the goal, none of the defending to be nearer than 30 yards.

Fouls

Crossing the right of way is one of the most dangerous fouls in polo and can result in a serious accident

Figure 1

The ball is in the line of play of the No.1 and No.4 player, both of them have an equal chance to play the ball without committing a foul.

  • A Player following the ball on its exact line has the right-of-way over all players. Any other player who crosses the player on the right-of-way close enough to be dangerous, commits a foul. (Figure 1)
  • Penalties vary according to the degree of danger and closeness of the cross.
  • When travelling in the same direction a player may draw level with another and then force him across the line and take possession of the ball without committing a foul.


Figure 2

Player No.1 and No.4 are travelling in the same direction: hence, they can draw level against each other without committing a foul.

  • A player may move in parallel with the line and play a shot, providing he can do so without interfering with another player’s mount, or causing him to check back.


Figure 3

The ball is in the line of play of the No.1 and No.4 player, both of them have an equal chance to play the ball without committing a foul.



Figure 4

Two player riding for a ball from opposite directions in the open must both give way to the left and take the ball on their right or offside.

  • It is forbidden to hit across the legs of a pony.
  • The elbow may not be used when riding off.
  • A player may hook an opponent’s stick but never across a pony or above the shoulders.
  • When two players are approaching a ball in the open from different directions, the player approaching at the least angle to the line of the ball has the right-of-way.
  • Dangerous riding or rough handling is not allowed; a player may ride an opponent off.