What is Polocrosse?

Polocrosse is a sport than spans generations, genders and races. If you can ride a horse and have a drive for a fast paced and exciting sport then polocrosse is probably an ideal sport for you. Polocrosse is an exciting, fast paced outdoor game played by both men and women on horseback.

The equipment needed for each player include the following:

Polocrosse Raquet & Ball

Polocrosse Raquet & Ball

Each player uses a polocrosse raquet made from a bamboo shaft, with a head not disimilar to a squash raquet (the original raquets were made from squash raquets). These heads are made from either bamboo or a special plastic polymer with a knotted thread net. The polocrosse ball, which is a thick skinned sponge rubber ball, is then caught and carried in this special net.

Using this raquet players can catch, carry, pass, pick and bounce the ball, with the hope of ending of enabling the goal scorer on each team to score in the scoring area. Each team then consists of six players, comprised of two sections of three. For each section of three they can be broken down into the following positions – No.1 is the goal scorer, No.2 is the mid-fielder or centre and the No.3 is the defender. Each section on a team will then play alternate matches, or “chukkas”, of 6 to 8 minutes in length.

 

The

Polocrosse Pitch

Each of these games is played on a special playing field, or pitch.This pitch is 146.5 m long and 55m wide, with goal posts at each end surrounded by a 10m in diameter semi-circle, not unlike a box in soccer. Teams line-up in the centre area and the referee throws in the balls. While all players are allowed in the centre area, on the No.1 from each team, and the No.3 from the opposing team are allowed in their respective areas.


Tack & Turnout for Polocrosse

Polocrosse is a close contact sport, and horses feel the majority of this contact so it is essential that they are protected when playing. For this the following tack is essential:
Correct Polocrosse turnout

Correct polocrosse turnout

  • Bridle with a snaffle or gag bit preferably
  • Headcheck and breastplate
  • A general purpose or stock saddle
  • An overgirth
  • Polo wraps, or boots, for all 4 legs
  • Over-reach boots for all 4 legs
For polocrosse, polo bandages offer better protection and support than boots. Boots can be ill fitting, but provide advantage over bandages as they are easier to clean and quicker to put on a horse.
Any bridle may be used, but riders must ensure that there are no extruding pieces from the bridle as these can injure other horses and riders, or get caught in tack while in play. Bits with protruding cheek pieces (e.g. 3 ring bits) are also prohibited for the same reason.
Breastplates are also required for competitive play and are compulsory. As the game in its very nature requires horses to frequently twist, turn and have riders lean from the saddle, the saddle can easily move. A breastplate prevents this from happening.
Ah overgirth is compulsory when competing. The overgirth provides an emergency back up in the event the regular girth would snap under the pressure of a fast paced game of polocrosse.