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University of London Union - Polo glossary
Category: Sport and Leisure > Polo
Date & country: 17/11/2007, UK
Words: 29


Appealing
Claims by players for a foul generally expressed by the raising of mallets above the head or by a helicoptering motion. Over demonstrative appealing is considered very bad form.

Ball
White and made of plastic or wood. It weighs four and a half ounces and is three and a half inches in diameter.

Bell or hooter
This is situated off the side of the field and is rung by the timekeeper to inform umpires when seven minutes of play in a chukka have elapsed.

Bump
A player is permitted to ride off another to spoil his shot or to remove him from the play. The angle of contact must be no more than 45 degrees. The faster the pony travels the smaller the angle must be. A good bump can shake discs and dentures loose.

Check and turn
To slow the pony and turn safely.

Divots
Turf kicked up by a ponies' hooves

HPA
Hurlingham Polo Association. The governing body of polo in the UK. http://www.hpa-polo.co.uk.

Intervals
Three- minutes long rest periods between chukkas. Half time is five minutes.

Judges
Goal judges are positioned behind each goal to signal whether a goal has been scored. Hard hats are worn for protection. Alo known as flagmen.

Leave it
To ride past the ball so that the teammate behind can hit it.

Made pony
A polo pony that is well trained for polo and has been played for some time.

Nearside
The left hand side of the pony.

Neckshot
A ball which is hit under the pony's neck.

Offside
The right hand side of the polo pony.

Pass
To hit the ball forward or laterally to a teammate.

Pony goal
When a polo pony causes the ball to go through the goal posts.

Sideboards
These are nine to eleven inch high vertical boards along the sidelines only. Such sideboards are optional.

Stick
The polo mallet.

Stick and ball
Personal practice time.

Tack
All the equipment used on a pony.

Tailshots
Hitting the ball behind and under the pony's rump.

Thirdman
The referee sitting at the sidelines who will arbitrate if the two mounted umpires on the field are unable to agree a foul.

Treading-In
The replacement at half time of divots of turf. This is the duty of all spectators.

Turn
To backhand hit the ball away from the goal being defended.

Umpires
Two mounted umpires (one for each side of the field) who regulate the game. They usually wear striped shirts.

VIP
The team patron.

Wellingtons
Rubber boots ideal for treading-in in wet weather. Usually green.

Wraps
The protective bandages the polo ponies wear on their legs

Zone (safety)
The area around the pitch that is out of bounds for the spectators during play.