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Frequently Asked Questions

WHO PLAYS POLOCROSSE?

Players come from a variety of backgrounds; English or western, and some of us have "no background at all".....just  Polocrosse!  ANYONE can play, for fun or competitively. We have a variety of riders who ride at different levels for different reasons.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

WHAT KIND OF HORSE DO I NEED TO PLAY?

For beginners, ANY horse will do.  Our club members are riding  Quarter Horses, a Thoroughbred, and an Arabian. The  horses range in age from 6 to 22 and from 14.hh to 16.hh. All are enjoying the game, playing at a variety of levels.  The higher level the play, the more athletic the horse & player!  The horses come from every background; English, western, reining, team penning, & working ranch horses.  The only restriction is that STALLIONS  are prohibited from playing. 

WILL MY HORSE WILL BE GOOD AT POLOCROSSE?

Most horses don't mind and pick things up quickly.  They will eventually become  desensitized to the ball and racket. The majority of horses take just a couple of practices to decide that the ball and racket are no big deal. They seem to  enjoy the variety of activity in PLX and after a few practices you will  find your horse eager to  play.    They become comfortable with horses close to them, balls and rackets moving in all directions, and  become a better horse overall because of it. 

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BUY TO START?

Nothing to start! The Club will provide rackets and balls for you to use until you decide that this is the sport for you, and you buy your own.  Other than that you need a horse, equestrian or Polocrosse helmet, saddle, bridle (snaffle or D-ring), four bell boots, leg wraps,  and a breast collar.    Though we would like every horse to wear this equipment when we practice, this is  not always the case for economic reasons.  For example many people do not have breast collars so we make exceptions during practices. Equipment requirements for tournaments are more specific, such as requiring a saddle without a horn. For more detailed information, visit the American Polocrosse Association’s website on our Links page.

THE PLAYING FIELD

Polocrosse is played on a field which is 160 yards long by 60 yards wide. Goal posts, which are 8 feet apart, are located at each end of the field. Infield, there is a line that extends the width of the field, 30 yards from each goal, that is called the "penalty line". This line encloses what is called the "goal scoring area", into which only the No. 1 of the attacking team and the No. 3 of the defending team are allowed to enter. Directly in front of the goal posts is an 11 yard arc. The ball must be thrown through the goal posts from outside this arc, and from within the "goal scoring area". The ball may not be carried across the penalty line when entering or exiting the goal scoring area. It must be either thrown to a teammate or bounced across by the appropriate player. For more detailed information, visit the American Polocrosse Association’s website on our Links page.

PLAYING POSITIONS

 Teams are made up of 6 players, 2 teams of three. The #1 player is the "attack". The #1 is the only player who can score a goal for the team, and can only do so when in the goal scoring area. The #2 player is the "midfielder" responsible for both offense and defense. The #2 is usually the pivot of the team, and can only play in the midfield area. The #3 player is the "defense", or essentially, the goalie. The #3 is the only player who can defend the goal.

Sammy Burrows making for the goal during the 2004 Central Region FinalsSammy Burrows has the ball during a play at the 2004 Central Region FinalsTeam logo for the Habañero Polocrosse Club of New MexicoThe ball has just been thrown in for another chucka at the 2004 Central Region Finals

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