The Basic Rules of Polo

 The following outlines some of the fundamental rules that ensure the game is played in a safe manner for both horse and rider.

The black player is crossing the "line of the ball" if he continues in that direction, and committing a dangerous foul.

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When travelling in the same direction the black player may draw level with white and then force him across the "line" to take possession of the ball without committing a foul.

The black player may move in parallel with the line and play a shot - providing he can do so without interfering with whites mount or causing him to check back.

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Two players approaching a ball from opposite directions in the open must both give way to the ball on their right side.

When two players are approaching a ball in the open from different directions, the player approaching at the least angle to the line of the ball has the right of way.

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It is forbidden to hit across the legs of a pony.

The elbow may not be used when riding off.

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A player may hook an opponent's stick but never across a pony or above the shoulder.

 For a complete copy of the Australia Polo Council Rule Book, click here.