In our country, the Argentine Polo Association (AAP) is the entity responsible for regulating and enforcing the rules within polo. In today’s post we show you the basic rules of this wonderful sport.
A polo player may not cross another player who is following the “line of the ball”, unless he is at a distance where there is no risk of collision or danger to other players.
After each goal, teams must change sides on the polo field to avoid advantage due to wind or sun.
If the game ends in a tie, an additional chukker is played. The first team to score a goal will be the winner.
Players should always handle the mallet with their right hand and carry it in such a way that it does not disturb another player or horse. The use of a helmet is mandatory.
Players are prohibited from using the mallet to hit a ball or hitting another player’s mallet above the horse’s height, or below the horse, as it creates a dangerous situation.
A player can “take” the imaginary line by pushing the opposing player aside. They can push with the arm up to the elbow, as long as it remains pressed against the body. This is known as “hitting”.
They cannot grab, hit, or push with the head, hand, forearm, or elbow.
These polo rules are adopted by different polo associations and clubs around the world to preserve the true spirit of the sport in all countries!