Whether you’re an avid polo fan and have been to many matches or you just found horse property for sale in Indio near the polo clubs, if you’re reading this post, we want to help you develop a better understanding of this exciting, challenging sport. Read on for a little background information on polo.
What does a match consist of?
A match consists of four to eight periods, which are called chuckkers or chukkas. Each lasts seven minutes and 30 seconds. At the end of seven minutes, a horn is blown to signify that there are only 30 seconds left during the chukker. For those next thirty seconds, play continues until a player scores or the ball hits the sideboards. At the end of those 30 seconds, the horn blows twice to signal the end of the period. There are four minute rest periods between each chukker and a 10-minute halftime.
Why are whistles blown?
Whenever a whistle is blown, it means there has been a foul, an injury or a player’s tack is broken—when this happens, the clock is stopped. Game is continuous unless a whistle is blown.
Do the teams change directions?
After each goal, teams change direction to provide for equal opportunities to score, in the case of the field or weather providing unfair advantages toward one direction. Players can also switch ponies during the breaks and halftime.
What is the point of the match?
The point of the game is for players to score a goal, which requires the ball being hit between the two goal posts. When the offense misses, defense is allowed to “knock in” the ball from the place where it originally crossed the end line and play continues.
Who wins a polo match?
The team with the most goals. If you’re inspired by the prospect of living in Indio near one of the exciting polo clubs, the Empire Polo Club or the Eldorado Polo Club, click here to view Horse Property for Sale.
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