Sport Of Polo

The object of the game is to move the polo ball down-field, hitting the ball through the goal posts for a score. Polo teams then change direction after each goal in order to compensate for field and wind conditions. A team is made up of four polo players.

A polo match is usually played outdoors. A polo field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide, the largest field in organized sport. A polo match lasts about one and one-half hours and is divided into timed periods called chukkers. Each chukker is seven minutes long. Play begins with a throw-in of the ball by the umpire at the opening of each chukker and after each goal. Players must change horses after each chukker due to the extreme demands placed on the polo pony.

During half time, spectators go onto the field to participate in a tradition called “divot stomping” to help replace the divots created by the horse’s hooves. Polo players are ranked yearly by their peers and the USPA on a scale of -2 to 10 goals. Team play is handicapped on the basis of ability.

Most of the rules of polo are for the safety of the polo players and their ponies. The basic concept is the line of the ball, a right-of-way established by the path of a traveling ball. Two mounted Umpires do most of the officiating, with a Referee at midfield having the final say in any dispute between the umpires. Penalty shots are given depending on the severity of the foul.

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OPENING DAY: Monty Waterbury Cup
04 Jun
OPENING DAY: Monty Waterbury Cup
  Start:  June 4, 2017  -  End:  June 4, 2017
   Venue:  Greenwich Polo Club , 1 Hurlingham Drive , Greenwich , United States
Monty Waterbury Cup
11 Jun
Monty Waterbury Cup
  Start:  June 11, 2017  -  End:  June 11, 2017
   Venue:  Greenwich Polo Club , 1 Hurlingham Drive , Greenwich , United States
Final Monty Waterbury Cup
18 Jun
Final Monty Waterbury Cup
  Start:  June 18, 2017  -  End:  June 18, 2017
   Venue:  Greenwich Polo Club , 1 Hurlingham Drive , Greenwich , United States
Silver Cup
25 Jun
Silver Cup
  Start:  June 25, 2017  -  End:  June 25, 2017
   Venue:  Greenwich Polo Club , 1 Hurlingham Drive , Greenwich , United States
US Polo Association