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    08-24-2009, 01:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Smile Anyone have polo/polocrosse experience?

Does anyone here have experience or interest in polo or polocrosse? I'd love to start a discussion on it. I think it's a very misunderstood sport, even in the horse world, so it's hard to find people who want to talk about it with me!

I got a good introduction to polo in college when I joined the JV team for a few semesters. Unfortunately, I couldn't continue with it since my major had all of their tests on the same nights as polo practice and I would've missed probably 40% of the practices I'm still sad I couldn't spend more time on it, but I was at least to the level of knowing most of the rules and playing in intra-murals with the other players.

I recently started jumping lessons again at a farm owned by a polo player (my trainer just leases space). I see people exercising the ponies all the time when I'm there for my lessons and wanted to see if someone would be willing to give me a few lessons. I contacted the farm owner the other day and he's willing to give me some beginer polo lessons! Yay! I will never have enough money to own a string of ponies (I'll be lucky if I can buy one horse in my lifetime) but I'm so excited for the opportunity to learn more about this sport while riding someone else's lovely horses I even know of a local group that allows you to ride their horses in games for a fee (paid per season). I don't live close enough to join right now, but I'm hoping that I can improve my skills and join this club if I move closer to it in a few years.
     
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    08-24-2009, 06:55 PM
  #2
Trained
Hey There!

I've played a bit of Polocrosse, and currently organising a team for our Zone Carnival. I was planning on joining an open team this year, but due to cost and other commitments I couldn't.

I've always wanted to try polo, I tried it once at a camp and had a ball!
     
    08-24-2009, 09:19 PM
  #3
Foal
Hi Wild_Spot! I was hoping someone would respond to my polo thread It's such a fantastic game, but I feel like so few people know about it (other than the filthy rich set, which is not a crowd I roll with anyway )

How is polocrosse? A few of my polo teammates had played it before, but I don't realy know much about it. When I was a kid, my next door neighbor was a lacrosse coach, so I'm sure he would love it if I played any sport combining lacrosse and horses He was always trying to get me into lacrosse.

Share some of the rules of polocrosse with me. In polo, the main rule is to follow the line of the ball. For safety reasons, no one can cross over the path of the ball, and I figure it's probably similar for polocrosse. How many chukkars do you play? Do you only need one horse? In polo you need so many horses to get through a game, but from talking to my polocrosse friends it seems like they only had one horse each and did just fine. If you only need one horse it's so much more approachable than polo. Because, seriously, who can afford that many horses? Certainly not me
     
    08-24-2009, 09:52 PM
  #4
Trained
I think polo is definitely a more 'elitist' game if you will, simply because of the huge amounts of money, time, and horses you need to be competitive.

I agree that polocrosse is more approachable because yes, you are only allowed one horse for a game. We play either 6/8 chukkas. You can get away with one horse bacause there are 6 players to a team and 3 players on the field at one time. Each lot of 3 (A 1,2 & 3) play alternate chukkas, so 3/4 a game.

The line of the ball is the same in Polocrosse... Such a major thing for safety! The positions are 1 - Attack, 2 - Midfield, 3 - Defence. 1 is allowed in the opposing teams goal third, and the middle third. 2 is allowed only in the middle third of the field, and 3 is allowed in their own goal third as well as the middle third. You aren't allowed to carry the ball over the thirty yard line (The lines splitting the field into the two goal-scoring areas and the midfield) which means you have to either bounce the ball, or pass to another player.
     
    08-25-2009, 10:10 AM
  #5
Foal
The rules really do sound very similar to polo, except in polo any of the players can move over the entire field. Though it's a lot harder to take the ball up the whole field in polo than it would be if you had it in a polocrosse stick, so it makes sense that they would force you to pass it.

Indoor polo also uses 3 people at a time, numbered 1, 2, and 3, but I like the idea of having 6 people, each with one horse, and just alternating play. It would be great if they would set polo up like that (at least at the lower levels) so that more people could get involved.
     
    08-25-2009, 12:33 PM
  #6
Trained
I used to do cowboy polo/arena ball...

My university has a polo team, but I'm not sure if I'll have the money/time to join it since I'm already doing IHSA. It's a blast though
     
    08-25-2009, 01:43 PM
  #7
Foal
Cowboy polo? That sounds like fun. How do you play?

And what univeristy are you at, Spastic Dove? I went to school in the east, so I'm really only familiar with the eastern teams; it's great to hear that the western schools have teams too. I really wish I could've stuck with it through all of college, but I just didn't have the time! It was totally worth it to join for just the introductory year though and learn all about the sport. I remember pictures of you doing drill team and it reminded me so much of polo practice. For the first few months all we did was drill work! It's great to learn how to work closely with other horses, because most riding instruction involves staying away from other horses and being in your own part of the arena.
     
    08-25-2009, 01:49 PM
  #8
Trained
God, I don't know any of the rules. They either have arena polo (Same as english polo) or they have actual Cowboy polo. Both are in western tack with bigger balls (Kind of like soccer/dodgeball ball types). The arena is divided into 5 (i think) quadrants with two horses in each quadrant and you can't pass into another quadrant.

I'm origionally from New Jersey, but never did any type of polo until I moved out here. I will be going to Montana State University in Bozeman. I believe they get their ponies from Washington. I'd love to join, but It's like 2 meetings a week, $200 to join plus finding 3 sponsers and volunteering for barn work. I highly doubt I'll be able to do it.

Diesel did great with Drill because he was used to polo so kind of backwards of you. He's normally a really submissive/bottom horse so it's really good for him.
     
    08-25-2009, 06:32 PM
  #9
Trained
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The rules really do sound very similar to polo, except in polo any of the players can move over the entire field. Though it's a lot harder to take the ball up the whole field in polo than it would be if you had it in a polocrosse stick, so it makes sense that they would force you to pass it.
Definately. Otherwise one person could (in theory) pick up the ball and gallop straight to the goal scoring area. Not much challenge in that! There are also rules about the 'line of the horse' I.e. Once you have possesion of the ball, you can't cross your racquet over to the other side of your horse wether over the neck or rump. Other riders are allowed to hit your racquet upwards to try to get you to drop the ball. It turns into a very intense, high-contact game in the higher levels!

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Indoor polo also uses 3 people at a time, numbered 1, 2, and 3, but I like the idea of having 6 people, each with one horse, and just alternating play. It would be great if they would set polo up like that (at least at the lower levels) so that more people could get involved.
I'm sure it would be doable, even just for a social game, not competitions etc. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would enjoy getting in and giving it a go just for fun/personal development. It's a shame no-one has thought to do it.
     

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