POLO FROM A TO Z

If you are in Argentina or plan to go for the Polo season join us (September to December)

Before getting into business let us tell you more about Argentine Polo.

Argentina, the home of the best Polo in the world, with the number one player, Adolfo Cambiaso (10 goals) and his team La Dolfina followed by the second best team in the world La Ellerstina. So basically you can’t get better than that.

POLO ARGENTINA

The most important Polo cup in the world is called La Triple Corona (The triple Crown) where all the top teams from Argentina play a full season of tournaments at amazing Polo Clubs and the Grand Finale is always at La Catedral de Polo (The cathedral of Polo) where only the absolute best Polo teams have the honour to play.

The Grand Finale – El Abierto de Polo

At CPP we pride ourselves on being the only Club to organize the best Pre-Polo Brunches in Latinamerica.

Game plan – At CPP we will be welcoming you with a masterpiece cocktail from our world renowned brands + all the wine (red & white) & bubbles by the top bodegas in Argentina. The scrumptious food will be floating around us continuously – and of course, our DJ with great music to warm up the mood!

After our brunch we will be heading off in CPP’s Famous Party Van yeah (click more info) to the final of La Triple Corona at the Cathedral of Polo, where we always have a private lounge, and then followed by the Polo After Party!

If you fancy to find out more about polo, tickets, dress code and more – Email us: lianaexpatlife@gmail.com

PLACES TO STAY IN ARGENTINA

CPP has a base in Argentina, Buenos Aires.

Do you fancy a Polo experience in Argentina or the UK? 

You don’t need to know about Polo or ever ride a horse to be able to enjoy a day of learning Polo and bases – It’s an unbelievable experience for you, friends and family + when you go to watch the Polo matches you will be able to truly feel and understand whats going on and .. you will always impress your friends with your new knowledge about the king of sports, trust us. 

ASIA CUP POLO CPP – UK

The Asia Cup Polo is able to offer partners the opportunity to associate their brand with the unique image of the game and to access the very affluent people who play and watch polo.

EXTRA INFO ABOUT POLO

Where did the Polo come from?
India is the birthplace of modern polo.

Home of the best Polo in the world?
Yes, Argentina.

Let’s get the specifics:

White and made of either plastic or wood. It weighs 4.5 ounces and is 3.5 inches in diameter. 

Comes from the Indian word for circle or round. There're 6 chukkas (periods) in high handicap matches in the UK. In Argentina there are 8 Chukkas (we told you, they are GOOD) - with each one lasting seven minutes plus 30 seconds of overtime; if during those 30 seconds of overtime the ball hits the sideboard, goes out of bounds or if the impire (Referi in spanish;)) blows his whistle for a foul then the chukka is over. There is no extra time at the end of the final chukka unless the score is tied. Players return with a fresh stunning pony for each chukka.

The turf that gets dislodged by the ponies hooves.

The back lines of a Polo pitch. Teams change ends, i.e. switch the halves they defend every time a goal is scored in order to equalize wind, weather and turf conditions.

A full size Polo field is 300 yards long by 160 yards wide - roughly the area of three football pitches. The goal posts which collapse on severe impact are set eight yards apart.

Any time the ball fully crosses, at any height, the line between the goal posts regardless of who knocks it through including the pony.

All players are rated on a scale of -2 to +10 with the higher the better. Although the word goal is often used after the rating it bears no relation to the number of goals. The shots made, the speed of play, team and game sense are the factors considered when determining the handicap. The team handicap is the sum of the individual ones. In handicap matches of 6 chakkas the team with the lower handicap awarded the difference in goals at the start of the game. For example a 24-goal team would be given 2 goals advantage according to the difference in the teams handicaps multiplied by the number of chukkas played then divided by 6.

There are 3 minute intervals between each chukka, Half time is 5 minutes.

Goal Judges are situated behind each goal to signal when a goal has been scored. Thet wear hard hats for protection. They wave a flag horizontally when a goal has been scored and above them if the shot went wide.

If a team hits the ball over the opponents back line then the defending team resumes the game with a free hit from the backline where the ball went over.

Crossing the line of the ball is the most frequent foul in Polo. The line of the ball is the imaginary line along which the ball travels and represents the right of way for the player following nearest to the ball. There are strict rules governing opponents' entry into this right of way in the interest of safety.

The shaft of the stick is made of bamboo, cane or graphite composite with the head being made from hardwood. The wide face of the stick head is used to strike the ball and not the end. Polo sticks range in length according principally to the height of the pony played and extends from 48 to 54 inches.

 A ball which is hit under the pony's neck.

When a ball goes over the sideboards it is considered out of bounds and the umpire throws the ball in between the 2 teams lined up at the point at which the ball left the field of play.

A free hit is awarded when a foul has been committed. The hit is taken from a set distance dependent upon the severity of the penalty. Penalties and distance are: Penalty 1-automatic gol. Penalty 2-free hit from 30 yards. Penalty 3-free hit from 40 yards. Penalty 4-free hit from 60 yards. Penalty 5- free hit from anywhere on the polo pitch. Penalty 5b-free hit from the center of the ground.

Although termed ponies they are in fact horses. Most are between 15 and 15.3 hands above the 14.2 hands of a normally defined pony. Many are Argentine breeds or pure or cross-bred thoroughbreds. The main qualities are speed and stamina, the ability to accelerate, stop and turn quickly and temperaments that are amenable to the rigours of the game. Bandages and leg wraps are used for support and protection. Players readily admit that the pony can account for such as 8-% of the player's overall performance. 

Each of the 4 players on a team play in a distinctly different position. Since polo is such a fluid game, players may momentarily change positions but will try to return to their original assignment as soon as possible. No1 is essentially the striker. No2 is also a forward but plays harder especially on defence; No3 is the pivotal player between attack and defence who tries to turn all the plays to offence and is usually therefore the highest rated player on the team; No4 is the most defensive player whose primary responsibility is to protect the gol area.

Two riders may make contact and push each other off the line of the ball to prevent the other from striking the ball. It is primarily intended for the ponies to do the pushing but the player is allowed to use his body but not his elbows.

Also known as a Penalty 6, a safety is awarded when a defending player hits the ball over his own backline. The free shot is taking 60 yards out from the backline opposite the point at which the ball went over. No defender can be nearer than 30 yards from the ball when it is played.

Hitting the ball and under the pony's rump.

This is called by an umpire when a foul is committed an accident occurs or at his discretion. A player may call a time out if he broke a key piece of equipment or is injured. A time out is not allowed for a broken stick.

There are 2 mounted umpires - One for each side of the field - who regulate the game. They will usually wear clack and white striped shirts.

 In the event of a tied score at the end of the final chukka there will be a five minute break before a sudden-death chukka. The first to score wins.

This is often heard shouted by a player to a a team-mate indicating they are rather than an opponent has the principal right of way to the ball.

The area around the pitch that is out bounds for spectators during game play.