POLO RULES 

The game of polo is an art that allows combining both sports competition with a certain courtesy between players and with respect to its mount. The purpose of the two teams of four riders who face during a game is to send the ball to the opposite field goal with the help of a mallet. Since the pole is an unusually intense and fast game, the rules that organize it are very strict to minimize risks in the field. 

                                       FIELD 
The polo is played in a field of grass, cut very short, 275 meters long by 145 meters wide. At each end of the field, the goals are marked with two poles that are far from 7.2 meters. 

                                   TEAMS 
A polo team consists of four players. Each has an established function within the team. Player number one is the attacker's computer. The player is ranked number two medium bomber. The third player is ranked half-dealer. As for the number four player, it's defense and called the "back". 

                                Handicaps 
Each rider has a plus in number of goals that characterized his qualities as a player. Beginners start with the handicap -2 and the best global competitors arrive at handicap 10. Before each game, add the handicaps of the players to set the overall handicap. The level of play is determined as the algebraic sum of the handicaps of a team. Therefore, when a tournament game announces levels of 12-14 goals or 20 goals, you are destined for the top players and team captains of the world als, il s'adresse aux meilleurs joueurs et forcément capitaines d'équipe du monde. 

                               THE TEAM 
Riders and ponies have a full team for optimal safety during games. Players are equipped with a helmet, knee pads, boots, gloves and a pack of bamboo or carbon of between 1.27 and 1.37 m in length depending on the size of the horse. The horse has guards and bands, sometimes bells. 

                                 HORSES 
There is no rule in terms of size or breed of horse. The mounts used for this game are called "ponies". Her mane is always short and its tail is braided to prevent a mallet to snag it. 

                            THE MATCH 
The match is divided in 4 to 8 times of 7 minutes 30 game, with 3 minute breaks during which riders change their horse. The end of each time we learn to tap, and games at the Polo de Deauville are commented on by fans who can simply pass the details of the game, and arouse the enthusiasm of the public. After each goal, teams change sides, the draw takes place in the midfield. All fouls are penalized with free throws. 

                            ARBITRATION 
In the field there are two referees on horseback. A third umpire watching the game from outside. The referee has a whistle to announce the faults. 

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