How do you make a start in polo?
- Polo is played on grass during the summer with teams of four and in an enclosed arena during the winter months with teams of three. The two types are known as outdoor polo and arena polo.
- A polo ground is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide – roughly four times the size of a football pitch. The goals at either end are eight yards wide.
- A match is divided into chukkas, which are seven minutes long with 30 seconds overtime. A top level game consists of eight chukkas but in many matches fewer chukkas are played. There are three-minute intervals between chukkas with five minutes at half-time and teams change ends after each goal scored.
- Polo players are handicapped, from minus-two to 10 'goals'. Only six players worldwide are rated 10 at present and the majority of UK players are rated at three goals or below. The team handicap is the total of the players' handicaps.