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What is Polocrosse?
Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse. It is a team game played on horseback, where each player has a stick made up of a long handle with a square or round head with a loose net in it. The players pick up, carry and pass the ball from player to player, with the aim of scoring goals. The team that scores the most goals in a match is the winner. The ball is made of sponge rubber and is approximately 4” across and weighs 140 grammes (5 oz).
Players are allowed only to play one horse during a tournament. Horses of all breeds play polocrosse, so just use your favourite! Most horses take to the sport well and happily accept the stick and ball. At the top level horses need to be light, responsive and very highly trained, so as to stop, turn and go again in an instant.
A full team consists of six players, divided into two sections of three who play alternate chukkas, so that whilst the game is in progress three players are on the field of play and the other three are resting. There can be 4, 6 or 8 chukkas in a match with the players switching over after each one. The three players in each section play the positions of No. 1 “attack”, No. 2 “midfield”, or No. 3 “defence”, each one of these players is allowed in particular areas of the pitch and so to score goals the players have to work together.
At the top level, it is a fast paced and very exciting sport to both watch and play. At all levels, it is a lot of fun and teaches Pony Club members a number of very useful skills, while also improving their balance and their understanding of the need for correct schooling of horses.
The Pony Club Polocrosse Rule book can be downloaded here
This rulebook covers the rules for tack, dress, eligibility rules of both horses and members for the different classes and also the basic playing rules for the sport itself. For the full playing rules please see the UK Polocrosse Association Rulebook. The Pony Club plays the sport of polocrosse to these rules but tack, dress and eligibility rules may differ
The Pony Club
The Pony Club is an international youth organisation dedicated to teaching young people to ride, care for horses and be excellent citizens. To find out more about the Pony Club and membership go to www.pcuk.org
The United Kingdom Polocrosse Association is the senior British Equestrian Federation (BEF) member body for the sport of polocrosse. The Pony Club works very closely with the UKPA to develop the sport, train coaches, organise events and get more members playing the sport. For more information on the UKPA go to www.ukpolocrosse.co.uk