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Grass-covered surface where a polo match is played; a game usually takes place over six 7-minute chukkers (periods), interrupted by breaks of 3 to 5 minutes.
playing field goalpost goal judge center T mark player 4 60 yd line sideline tower mounted umpire player 3 40 yd line player 2 player 1 30 yd line

goalpost click to hear

Pole marking one end of the goal; a team scores a point when the ball is shot between the posts of the opponents’ goal.

goal judge click to hear

Official placed behind the goal who waves a flag when a goal is scored; the goal judge may also assist the umpires when incidents occur near the goal.

center T mark click to hear

T-shaped mark at the center of the field; at the start of a chukker and after a goal, the players line up on each side of it for the throw-in.

player 4 click to hear

Position that provides rear defense; this player can hit a ball very far and rides a horse that is husky, tough and fast.

60 yd line click to hear

sideline click to hear

Line that is often bordered by planks to delimit the playing zone on each side of the field; the players have the right to cross it or to bounce the ball off it.

tower click to hear

Building that houses the scorekeeper, the announcer and a third umpire, who is in charge of settling any dispute that may arise on the field.

mounted umpire click to hear

Playing-field official (there are two umpires) who is in charge of applying the rules; they perform the throw-ins and give penalties for fouls.

player 3 click to hear

Player who is the pivot between the attack and the defense; this player is usually team captain, has a high handicap and is an excellent strategist.

40 yd line click to hear

Line from which a free hit may be made; depending on the seriousness of the foul, the free hit is made from the 30 yd, 40 yd or 60 yd line.

player 2 click to hear

Forward position whose chief purpose is to drive the ball into the opponent’s territory; this player’s horse must be intrepid and energetic.

player 1 click to hear

Forward position whose chief purpose is to score goals; this player’s horse must be quick and agile.

30 yd line click to hear