“Polocrosse is played by both sexes, usually in mixed teams, from the age of six, to spirited souls in their seventies.”
There are grades for juniors, intermediates, open and veterans. In contrast to polo, only one horse is required to play polocrosse therefore a confident rider with a horse only needs a racquet and ball to start playing.
There are six players on a team made up of two groups of three, which alternate play. This is referred to as a “chukka”. The game is divided into four to eight chukkas of six or eight minutes’ duration. The sport is often described as “lacrosse on horse back” as a racquet is used to carry and throw the ball, whereas in polo the ball is struck with a mallet.
“The competitive season starts at the beginning of January and runs through until the middle of April, with carnivals being played at various locations most weekends throughout the season. Most clubs run practice from October”
It is a great sport that the whole family can get into.
The Hastings Club is always on the lookout for new players. They currently have a range of ages and abilities so they can cater for the beginner as well as the seasoned player. They are holding an Open Day on the 28th of October from 11am-3pm at Equestrian Park in Hastings. The day is free and will include a demonstration game, plus instruction and “Have a Go” sessions on and off the horse. A BBQ will be available throughout the day.
For more info contact the Hastings Polocrosse Secretary, Debbie Stirling, on 021410324.