A team consists of six players, divided into two sections of three who play 3 – 4 alternate chukkas of six minutes (eight minutes in international games).
A match comprises six or eight chukkas. The three players in each section play the position of a No. 1, attack, a No. 2, midfield (a combination of defence and offence), or a No. 3, defence.
Each rider uses a cane stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose, thread net, in which the ball is carried. The ball is made of sponge rubber and is approximately four inches across. The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opposing team’s goal posts.
Unlike polo, players are allowed only to play one horse, except in the case of injury. There is no restriction on the horse’s height, although the ideal should not exceed about 16 hands. Horses of all breeds play polocrosse. Stallions are not permitted to play.
For more information go to www.polocrosse.co.za