|Rules & Regs ---> Arena Polo Rules --->Officials
- Each IPA event will be conducted by a Committee appointed by
the Association or by the Host Club which shall be responsible for all
aspects of the event including scheduling, conducting the draw,
appointment of officials, and resolution of all questions which arise at
times other than when the Umpire is in charge. The Committee will
generally consist of three or more qualified individuals who have
little or no personal interest in the outcome of the event. If no formal
Committee is announced prior to the event, the host club’s Chairman
and individuals appointed by the Chairman, shall comprise the
- It is recognised, that some limitations may, from time to time exist,
which make it impossible or impractical for the Committee to fully
comply with the Rules of Arena Polo. In such cases, the Committee,
shall spell out such exceptions, prior to the event. The Committee
shall make every effort to comply with the intent of these Rules, if an
exception must be made.
- Every tournament should either have two Umpires, one of whom
will be in the stand, or one mounted Umpire at the discretion of the
- The authority of the Umpire(s) shall extend from the time each game
is scheduled to start until its end.
- The Umpire(s) shall be responsible for enforcing the Rules and
maintaining proper control over players and teams during the game.
- Subject to Rule 18, all decisions of the Umpire, or agreed decisions of
two Umpires, shall be final.
- In the event of there being two Umpires and they disagree, no foul
will be awarded.
- Should any incident or question not provided for in these Rules arise
during the game, such incident or question shall be decided by the Umpire.
- Umpires must wear a protective polo helmet
with a chin strap.
- The Timekeeper shall be appointed by the Committee, whose
responsibility it shall be to keep track of time elapsed during and
between periods of the game.
- The Timekeeper shall signal the expiration of time to the officials. A horn
or bell is usually used. These rules will refer to the traditional horn.
The officials should make clear to all involved what means will be
used to signal the expiration of time. The Timekeeper is responsible
for running the official clock. In all cases, time expires at the time
intended by the Timekeeper and the Umpire’s whistle confirms the
end of the period.
- The authority of the Timekeeper shall be subordinate to that of the Umpire.
- The Scorekeeper shall be appointed by the Committee whose
responsibility it shall be to keep track of goals scored, including goals
by handicap or penalty.
- The Scorekeeper shall fill out any forms or score sheets required by
the Committee following the game or event. In the cases where the
Scorekeeper is not situated at the scoreboard, he/she will inform the
Umpires of any errors shown on the scoreboard.
- The authorityof the Scorekeeper shall be subordinate to that of the Umpire
- Goal Judges
Goal Judges may be appointed, who shall give testimony to the Umpire at
the latter’s request, as to goals scored or other points of the game near the
goal, but the Umpire shall make the final decision.
- Team Captains
Once an Umpire has called a foul and said what it is for, no player may speak
to the Umpire. If a player argues with an Umpire a penalty must be given
against him, or, if already a penalty, it must be made more severe.