What is polocrosse?

Polocrosse can be best describe as lacrosse on horseback. A horse sport for riders of all ages and all abilities, at the top level it is an incredibly fast paced and exciting sport to watch.

The players possess the racquet skills and reflexes of sports such as lacrosse and tennis, while highly skilled horses twist, turn, accelerate and stop in a split second as their riders attempt to score goals.

At lower levels it is simply a fun sport enjoyed by those who love horses and ball sports. Polocrosse is known for the friendly and approachable attitude of its players which, combined with the team aspect of the game, make it a very social sport.

How it's played

Teams of six riders are divided into groups of three and play alternative chukkas (sections of the game) - six chukkas to a game, each lasting six minutes. Alternating the sections allows players to use only one horse. Unlike polo its' a one horse sport.

Riders use a stick with a racquet head, which has a loose thread net, to catch or pick up the soft rubber ball, from the ground . The objective is to shoot the ball into a goal and there are simple rules about tackling, passing and carrying the ball. The field is divided into three areas, with players not allowed to simply carry the ball from one area to the next, Goals tend to come fairly thick and fast, with international matches normally seeing between 30 and 40 goals in a game.

Getting started

The UK Polocrosse Association is the governing body for the sport. It is also widely played in the Pony Club, where children can really enjoy this exciting team sport; it  teaches important riding skills, while improving confidence, balance and reflexes.

The polocrosse season runs from May - September, with a host of tournaments taking place throughout the UK most weekends during the summer months > Find out more

Polocrosse is a sport for all ages and riding abilities. Have a look at the “Interested in Polocrosse” pages on the UKPA website to find out how you can get involved > Find out more

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