Polocrosse is best describe as lacrosse on horseback and is suitable for riders of all ages and all abilities, at the top level it is an incredibly fast paced and exciting to watch.
The players require racquet skills and reflexes similar to sports such as lacrosse and tennis, along with highly skilled horses that can twist, turn, accelerate and stop in a split second as their rider attempts to score goals.
Polocrosse is known for being friendly and approachable combined with the team aspect of the game, make it a very sociable.
How it's played
Teams of six riders are divided into groups of three and play alternative chukkas (sections of the game). There are six chukkas to a game and each game lasts for six minutes. Alternating the sections allows players to use only one horse. Unlike polo it's 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 the goal. There are additional rules around tackling, passing and carrying the ball.
The field is divided into three areas, with players not allowed to 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.
The UK Polocrosse Association is the governing body for the sport and Polocrosse is widely played in the Pony Club. Children really enjoy this exciting team sport as it teaches them important riding skills, while improving confidence, balance and reflexes.
The polocrosse season runs from May to September, with a host of tournaments taking place throughout the UK most weekends.
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 HERE.