|Rules & Regs
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Rules & Regulations (Explanatory
- Playing Facilities
: The field should be clearly marked at the centre
with a T and at all boundaries where there are no side
boards and the edges and centre of the 30, 40, and 60
yard lines at each end of the field.
The surface of the field should be grass cut smooth
and short enough for the ball to roll straight and easily.
- The referee, the time keeper and the scorer should
be provided a suitable (preferably elevated) vantage point
along the side at the centre of the field so that their
vision of the game will not be impaired.
- Standard Equipment
for Players: Although not required by rules other
standard equipment usually includes knee-length brown
boots, white breeches and protective knee guards.
- Equipment for Umpires:
Too often there is a wide variance in uniforms worn by
umpires. For case of identification and safety reasons,
the following uniform is preferred for umpires.
- Canary or white breeches (not jeans or chaps)
- Black and White vertical stripe shirt, long or short
- Suitable cap or hat is optional. (A cap is to be preferred).
Straw or flat wide brimmed, "Cowboy" or planter
style hat should not be worn for safety reasons. A wide
brimmed hat may blow off either scaring a horse or causing
unnecessary delay while it is being retrieved.
- Good audible whistle and ball bag for each umpire,
pick up sticks are optional.
- For goal judges : white surcoat or shirt.
- Changing of Mounts:
It is mandatory to bandage, gaiter or put Boots
on all four legs of a mount. Any type of bridle or saddle
or none at all may be used provided the tack is not dangerous
and the mount is under proper control. However, English
tack is generally used. Two sets of reins are advisable
- Changing Mallets:
A player should never be allowed time out for the purpose
of replacing a dropped or broken mallet.