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Tue 16th Jun 2020

New Rules & Umpire Protocols

Polo & social distancing

Following the HPA’s announcement on Saturday 13 June that competitive polo for 8 goals and above will resume this week (The Prince of Wales kicked off yesterday with a 13-7 win for Les Lions against Polo Stud Schöckemohle) a set of rule changes and umpire protocols have also been made in order to allow polo to be played whilst maintaining social distance. 
Rule Variances:
Changing Ends: Teams will only change ends at the end of each chukka.
Duration Of Chukkas: All chukkas shall be played to the second bell except that the last chukka will end on the first bell if a team is winning. If teams are tied, play will continue until a goal is scored or the second bell.
Start of Play: The team that wins the toss may choose which way to play or to start the game with a hit from their own 60 yard line as per a knock in. All chukkas will start this way with teams taking alternate hits.
Restart After a Goal: Play will restart with a hit by the defending team. The clock will not stop and the umpire rather than the goal judge will place the ball after 20 seconds on the 60 yard line opposite the centre of the goal. He will then call play and the player must play the ball within 5 seconds without re-placing it. The opposition must be 30 yards from the 60 yard line.
Restart of Play Without Line-Ups: If play is stopped and the normal result would have been a line out for a throw in, the umpires will now restart play as follows: 
* If a player had clear possession of the ball and was not being challenged by an opponent when play was stopped a “Fair Play Dropped Ball” will be called. The opposition must be 30 yards away when the umpire drops the ball where it was when the whistle was blown. The ball is in play when it hits the ground. If the ball was within the 60, the Umpire will award a “fair drop” on the 60 yard line in line with where the ball was when the whistle was blown.
* If neither team were in clear possession of the ball when play was stopped, a “Fair Play Dropped Ball” shall be awarded to the defending side (the team furthest from the goal they are attacking), thus giving the benefit of the doubt to the defending side.
* If a penalty is to be penalised for a delay or is incorrectly taken, a penalty shall be awarded to the opposition from where that original penalty was given. Or, in the case of a delayed knock in, opposite on the 60 yard line.
Ball Out of Play: No player may make any contact with another player whilst the ball is not in play.
 
Umpire Protocols:
Equipment: All umpires should bring their own Face Covering, Gloves and Sanitising product and use their own equipment (Hat, Whistle, Cards, Pick Up Stick, and Shirt). If this is not possible, any equipment supplied must be disinfected (with a suitable COVID 19 product) by the Club before and after re-use. If Radios are to be used, then the umpire must bring their own headset or the club must supply a set to be kept (temporarily) by the individual. If this is not possible, Radios are not to be used.
Ponies: Teams Captains are required to organise and provide two ponies for all 15 goal matches and above. Below this level only one need be provided. A pony that has been played or has umpired four chukkas should not be used to umpire without a significant break. A pony to be ridden by an umpire must be equipped as for playing except that the tail need not be put up. Ponies must be safe and suitable to umpire the level being played and should an umpire deem that the pony offered is unsuitable then the team must provide a replacement.
*The Pony must have all tack disinfected (with a suitable COVID19 product) and presented to the umpires by a person wearing a face mask 15 minutes before the scheduled game start time.
*The ball bag must either belong to the umpire or be supplied direct to him from a match official. The pony must not be presented with the ball bag already attached.
Balls: All balls must be disinfected (with a suitable COVID19 product) before and during any polo session which involves either training Marshalls and/or Goal judges. The recommended procedure should be 3 points of collection, from 3 nominated officials (which may be a goal judge) placed in a central position and behind the goals at either end. Balls should be kept in disinfection tubs at these collection points to ensure the safety of all officials.
 
 
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