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Appendix


DISCUSSION OF RIGHT OF WAY

With the exception of play along the boards, and free hits, the Rules governing Right of Way in Outdoor and Arena Polo are quite similar. The Appendix to the Outdoor Rules Book Illustrates many such situations with reference to the applicable Outdoor and Arena Rules:
Situations unique to Arena Polo are illustrated and discussed below .


Example I - Play Along the Wall

The Right of Way in Example 1 will be awarded to A or B depending on the following circumstances.

  1. If the ball is away from the wall by 5 foot or more, B is entitled to Right of Way regardless as to whether the ball was hit from X to X’ or from X’ to X. Under Rule 12.e, B is placed with the line of his offside. A has no play at all.
  2. If the wall is represented by the line between X and X’, the Right of Way is determined as follows:
    1. If the line of the ball is parallel to the wall, A may carry the ball from X to X’, but may not meet it; and B may carry the ball from X’ to X but not meet it,
    2. If A hits the ball to the wall at Y so it rebounds by 5 foot or more towards B, B may pick up the ball on the offside and assume the Right of Way. A loses the Right of Way the instant the ball rebounds at Y. A can not be positioned on the offside of the Line from Y to B without crossing B’s Right of Way.
    3. If B hits the ball to the wall at Y so it rebounds toward A, A may pick it up on the offside. However, B still has a play if B can turn toward A at Y and at all times keep the Line of the Ball on the offside.

Example II - Right of Way on a Free Hit

On a free hit the No. 3 Red hits or hits at the ball at X. The Right of Way following the hit is determined as follows:

  1. If the ball is hit from X to X’, the next play is a goal defence by No. 3 White who may change the Line of the Ball by striking or by a rebound off the pony. No. 3 Red has a Right of Way from X to X’ but may not again strike the ball until a play is made by No. 3 White. Future play is determined by the Line established by No. 3 White.
  2. . If the ball is hit from X to Y by No. 3 Red, No. 3 Red has a Right of Way on the offside to Y, but may not again play the ball until it rebounds from the wall at Y towards Z. At the instant of the rebound, the Line changes and No. 3 Red may lose the Right of Way to No. 3 White who can now follow the ball away from the wall on the offside. Nos. 1 Red and 1 White may have anticipated the Line change off the wall and be travelling on the new Line thereby assuming the Right of Way.
  3. If the ball is hit from X to Y’ No. 3 Red has a Right of Way, but may not play the ball until the - ball rebounds at Y’. Any goal defence No. 3 White at Y must be made so that not the slightest risk to No. 3 Red is involved. Following the rebound from Y’ to Z’, both Nos. 3 Red and White must be careful they position themselves so as not to be in a fouling situation should Nos. 2 Red and White be advancing from Z’ to Y’.
   
   
DIAGRAMS TO RULES
Penalty 1
The team fouled shall be awarded a goal. On resumption of play the umpire shall throw the ball in towards the sideboards at a point 15 yards in front of the centre of the goal defended by the fouling team. The fouling teams’ goal should be to the umpire’s right. *Same throw-in used to restart play, after the umpire has blown the whistle to resolve if a goal was scored or not, and the decision being no goal was scored. ** Players to be ‘line up’ one yard apart.
Penalty 2 (‘15’)
A free hit at the ball by the team fouled, from a spot 15 yards in front of goal, undefended by the fouling team, all players to be behind the 15 exceptone ‘defender’ who must not be in the goalmouth. Play shall continue in the event of a goal being scored or not by the defender making the next play.
No player to be within 5 yards of the ball until the ‘defender’ has hit or hit at the ball. *There shall be no contact between any player and opponent until the ball is hit.
   
Penalty 3 (‘25 undefended’
A free hit at the ball by the team fouled from a spot 25 yards out from the goal. Undefended by the fouling team, all players to be behind the ball except one ‘defender ’ who must not be in the goalmouth. Play shall continue if the goal is scored or not by the ‘defender’ making the next play. *There shall be no contact between any player and opponent until the ball is hit. *Penalty 3 should also be used for corner or safety hits.
Penalty 4 (‘25 defended
A free hit at the ball by the teamfouled from a spot 25 yards out from the goal. Defendedby one player of the fouling team, all other players to be behind the ball. The defending player can block the goal. Should the defender stop the penalty shot with stick, body or pony, this play is not the ‘next play’, (But if the ball travels over the halfway line play continues). *There shall be no contact between any player andopponent until the ball is hit
Penalty 5
A free hit at the ball by the team fouled from the centre of the arena. No player shall be within 5 yards of the player making a hit. The ball must travel 5 yards forward when hit.
*Contact between players is permitted
Penalty 6
A free hit at the ball by the team fouled, from the centre of the 25 yard line nearest the defenders’ goal. No player shall be within 5 yards of the player making a hit. The ball must travel 5 yards forward when hit. * Contact between players is permitted
Continuous Play After a Goal
After a goal is scored the ‘defending team’ has the next play. The attacking side must remain 5 yards away from the ball until the defending team has hit or hit at the ball. Continuous play also applies for penalties 2, 3 and 4
Hit In
If the ball is hit over the back wall by an attacker, the defending team will have a free hit 15 yards from the back line, opposite where it crossed the backline, but not less than 5 yards from the sideboards. *15 yard hit in (ball central to goal) also given if the umpire blows the whistle to resolve if a goal was scored or not, decision being yes, the goal was scored. **Contact between players is permitted
If the ball is hit over the sideboards
If a player hits the ball over the sideboards either directly or off his own pony, or after glancing off the sideboards or netting, a free hit will be awarded against the team that hit the ball out. The ball is placed 5 yards from the sideboards where the ball went out of play. No player shall be within 5 yards of the player making the hit. The ball must travel 5 yards forward when hit. Should the ball be hit directly against the boards or netting the hitter does not have a play until the ball has been hit or hit at. *No hit to take place closer to the backboards than the 15 yard line. **Contact between players is permitted
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