Polocrosse is a team game or sport that combines the sports of polo and lacrosse. It is played just like Polo on a field or pitch whilst you ride horseback. Each rider uses a cane or stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose, thread net that carries the ball. The ball is made of rubber and is around 3-4 inches in diameter. The aim of the game is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opposing team’s goal posts.
Polocrosse started officially in Australia in 1938 by Mr and Mrs Edward Hirst in Mera. It started when they seen something similar in England which involved old polo sticks with shapes like squash rackets and a string net that changes the mallet on the end of the stick.
It was always intended to be a game which would provide great value for your money so you could have fun with your horse. That is where the rule of one horse one player and the playing of alternate chukkas comes from. The entire team would travel together in one truck as petrol was scared back then.
Trains and single floats were also a popular way to transport horses to carnivals during the early days. The first official polocrosse club was formed at Ingleburn, NSW in 1939 with the second club, Burradoo, being formed in 1946 and the first inter club competition was held.
The game is now played in New Zealand, USA, England, Dublin, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Argentina and other places. It has truly became a main stream sport.
Essentials of the Game
Presently the quickest developing equestrian game in the United States, polocrosse has been played in nations around the world for more than fifty years. The game is a blend of polo and lacrosse and utilizations the quality of each to give amusing to observers and contenders all things considered. It is played on horseback, every player having a racquet, which is utilized to steal the ball which picked away the ground from horseback, conveyed, bobbed and go over the field. The item is to score the most objectives.
The players in every three man area have explicit positions and obligations. The quantity of the player shows their position: #1 Attack, #2 Center, #3 Goalie. The number 1 is the main player who can score objectives yet should be in the objective scoring zone (‘the crate’) to do as such.
The number 2 can just play in the focal point of the field and should be similarly capable both unpleasantly and protectively. The number 3 is the main player on his segment who is permitted in the case to shield.
A group is comprised of two segments which substitute chukkas (timeframes) with the goal that the players and their horses have sufficient energy to rest. Players must utilize a similar horse for the length of a competition.
The field is 160 yards in length by 60 yards wide, the objectives posts are eight feet separated at either end of the field. The ‘container’ or objective scoring zone is set apart by the ‘punishment line’ which runs the width of the field thirty yards from either end. At whatever point the number 1 enters the container or the number 3 leaves the crate (i.e.., cross the punishment line) they can not be in control of the ball.
They should either bob the ball and lift it up once they’ve gone too far or pass it over the line to another player. In the case, there is an eleven yard semi-hover around the objective posts. The number 1 must be inside the crate however in excess of eleven yards away to score an objective. A simple shot, except if you are jogging down the field with the number 3 breathing down your neck.
Toward the start of the chukka (timespan) and after each objective the players lineup one next to the other, by position with the goal that the umpire can toss the ball into play. The group that completes a superior employment of leaving the line-up with the ball has an incredible preferred standpoint.
The ball can be gotten, picked off the ground and conveyed in the net of the racquet as it were. Once possessing the ball, a right-gave player must convey their stick in the correct side of their horse (and left-gave player on the left side).
The best way to make tracks in an opposite direction from a rival is to hit their racquet with your very own by swinging it upward. Hitting another player’s racquet by swinging down is a foul.
The majority of the guidelines in polocrosse are presence of mind and well being focused. There are extremely stringent standards of the street which determine who has option to proceed when a few players are pursuing a free ball.
The energizing zones of play to watch are the line-up, at whatever point somebody traverses the punishment line into or out of the crate and obviously the moving of a player with the ball. The horses must be very much adjusted and snappy to be effective with the quick play of the more elevated amounts.