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The Rules of Polo – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Polo. The object of the game is to score more goals
than the other team. Polo is a sport that is played on horses,
known as ‘polo ponies’, and is played on a field that measures a maximum of 300
yards by 160 yards. Teams consist of four players on horses (known
as mounts), and they are armed with wooden mallets. All players must use their right hand only
when swinging the mallet. The idea of the game is to use your mallet
to hit the ball into the goal. The goal is 8 yards wide and the height is
unlimited. The idea is to ride and hit the ball whilst
on horseback towards the goal, and shoot the ball into the goal before the opposing team
can defend it. You can pass the ball to a teammate if required. Once a team scores a goal, the teams change
ends and try to score into the other goal. Polo seems simple enough, but there’s an
important rule that you must understand. Line of the ball
The player who hit the ball generally has the right of way, and other players cannot
cross the line of the ball in front of the player. Therefore, players must approach the opposing
player on either side of the line of the ball or from behind. Failure to do this results in a foul. The defending player can take the ball away
from you in a few ways. A ride off, where you are allowed to ride
alongside the ball carrier and ease your opponent away from the line of the ball. A player can hit the ball before the ball
carrier thus giving himself right of way. And by hooking, where a defensive player blocks
the swing of your mallet with his own. The game is played in periods known as Chukkas,
which are 7 minutes long. At the end of a Chukka, play continues for
30 seconds or until a stoppage of play occurs, whichever happens first. Depending on the competition, a game can be
played anywhere between 4 and 8 chukkas. Highest score at the end of time, wins. That’s basically the gist of it, but there’s
a few other things that you need to know before playing or watching Polo. For example. The Players
As mentioned previously, the game is played with 4 players per team, and each player has
their own unique role. The Number 1 is the primary offensive weapon,
they try and score goals and they cover the opposing Number 4. The Number 2 also runs through and scores,
and is usually situated behind the Number 1. The Number 3 is the tactical leader of the
team and their job is to hit long balls towards the Number 1 and Number 2. The Number 4 is the last line of defence and
is responsible for covering the opposing Number 1. Penalty Hit
If the other team commits an infraction, a penalty hit may be awarded to the other team. Hits are taken from the 30, 40 or 60 yard
line, and can be defended or undefended depending on the type of penalty being issued. Penalty Goal
If a serious foul occurs, the umpire may award a penalty goal to the opposing team. The game is restarted at the spot of the foul,
and teams do not change ends. Throw in. Also known as ‘ball hit out’ if the ball
leaves the area of play, an umpire will bowl the ball back in from the side lines in an
underarm fashion. Divot Stomping. During the halftime of a match, spectators
are invited onto the field to help replace the mounds of earth that are dug up by the
horses. This is known as divot stomping and is a great
way for spectators to walk about and socialise. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Follow me on Twitter also, but in the meantime,
enjoy Polo. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

David Frank

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77 COMMENTS

  1. Joy Sandy Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Idk…how about rules of croquet explained?
    And isnt there a Mongolian sport just like polo but played with a dead goat instead?

    Reply
  2. 64imma Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    No more self help videos? :0

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  3. Thot Partol Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Yay another video just made my day love your videos

    Reply
  4. Gurpreet Bhatt Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Do kabbadi

    Reply
  5. tigertooth Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Do the rules of shinty

    Reply
  6. Logie Bear Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Do you consider poker a sport?

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  7. elevengiant Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    polo, It seemed very expensive at that time. Water polo, I cant stay afloat for that long. If only I tried when they were easily available back then…

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  8. Andrew Leeman Walker Posted on October 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    AWESOME GAME!!! I did play a game back when i was 17… we used hockey sticks and dirt bikes though. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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  9. yeyo1999 Posted on October 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    What only right handed players 🙁

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  10. Antonio Torlentino Posted on October 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Omg I remembered I requested this but I never thought you’d actually make a vid on it. Props to you

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  11. Harry Fine Posted on October 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Do extreme ironing

    Reply
  12. Harry Fine Posted on October 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Do Camogie It's pretty much the same as hurling but with a few differences

    Reply
  13. JRL Posted on October 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Oh my goodness I was wondering if you had a polo rules explained vid and just discovered you yesterday.

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  14. PR JUNIOR Posted on October 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Why am I thinking about the movie "Pretty Woman" when I saw everyone replacing divots lol

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  15. Ben Mogensen Posted on October 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    What’s the usual score of a polo game?

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  16. Daniel Harris Posted on October 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Great video as always.

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  17. king of likes Posted on October 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    first 500 viewers

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  18. Ujjwal Choubey Posted on October 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    very interesting video.

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  19. Travis J Hayes Posted on October 8, 2017 at 12:26 am

    This might be the only sport that ENCOURAGES spectators onto the field…

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  20. makearunat Posted on October 8, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Please consider adding metric measurements when you mention the imperial ones, in this case from yards to metres.

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  21. Boffin Tory Posted on October 8, 2017 at 1:32 am

    If you do do shinty would you do international rules like Gaelic Football?

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  22. Trip Posted on October 8, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I got an idea,why don’t you make videos on the history of sports? Like the history of American football or the history of ice hockey

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  23. Arne Stare Posted on October 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for making a video on my suggestion, great video!

    Reply
  24. Arne Stare Posted on October 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for making a video on my suggestion, great video!

    Reply
  25. Fite-4-Ever Posted on October 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    sooooo it's soccer on horses

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  26. RangerHunter Posted on October 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Have you done dodgeball? I want to know professional dodgeball if you haven't done that.

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  27. Resistance Posted on October 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Good shit brother. I can see this channel blowing up soon

    Reply
  28. Burning Hammer Studios Posted on October 9, 2017 at 4:15 am

    So this is the game all those shirts are named after 😂😂😂

    Reply
  29. supergamersbro Posted on October 10, 2017 at 12:21 am

    It sounds like it would suck for left handles to swing

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  30. Kingandrade91 Posted on October 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Why can you only use your right hand?

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  31. Steelers Nation Production Posted on October 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Am curious how to train these horses in this game

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  32. JFK Posted on October 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

    That Zelda music though

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  33. alex koppany Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Do a bull jumping video

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  34. ThatGuy Man Posted on October 24, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Disappointed that left handers are at a disadvantage

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  35. ThatGuy Man Posted on October 24, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Excellent music choice by the way!

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  36. ThatGuy Man Posted on October 24, 2017 at 4:24 am

    If the height is unlimited why not just hit the ball really high far away

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  37. Robert Lewis II Posted on October 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    You should do a video explaining your favourite teams imo

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  38. happytroll 247 Posted on November 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    This is an interesting sport but I have one question what if you hit a horse with your stick or with the ball? Is there a penalty for that

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  39. Keiran Gorsky Posted on November 6, 2017 at 1:47 am

    What happens if a horse kicks another horse or something?

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  40. John doue Quebec Posted on November 20, 2017 at 11:28 am

    this is the sport that got christopher reeve paralyzed right??

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  41. DJDelta0 Posted on January 11, 2018 at 6:13 am

    The divot stomping sounds fun lol

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  42. Lily Chatterjee Posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Polo play my favorite

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  43. NutHouseProductionz Posted on March 23, 2018 at 3:48 am

    How rough can I get with another player?

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  44. Anurag Singh Posted on May 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    quick – informative – educational – well-done and thank you

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  45. Phil UnityUnreal Posted on May 15, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Amazing. Apparently there is a possibility that polo is a variant of an old Asian game (Acient Persia) named "Buzkashi ": have a look on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLYK8BdhQyo

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  46. Logan Connor Posted on May 20, 2018 at 2:50 am

    this is more difficult than what I thought

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  47. Peter Cipriano Posted on May 20, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Do one for the sports of Real Tennis and Rackets

    Reply
  48. Jason Goldie Posted on May 22, 2018 at 3:42 am

    What happens when someone falls off their horse?

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  49. Xenomorph Queen Posted on May 25, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Must you pay to play?

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  50. ThatGuy Man Posted on June 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Why the discrimination against left handers?

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  51. Rana Abi Mosleh Posted on June 6, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Great video!! Very clear way of explaining the rules of the game!! Also very calm voice!!! 😀

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  52. The Mr. Pete Channel needs 700 subs! Posted on June 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    This game will be awesome if a human with no horse or stick acted as a goalkeeper!

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  53. David Frank Posted on July 20, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Did you miss the handicapt of each of players and the advantage that you can givte to the opponent ?

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  54. George Pope Posted on July 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Water Polo — let's not — it's very cruel for the horses

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  55. Coordinator Posted on August 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I was at the Orchard Hill Polo grounds.

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  56. emile1293 Posted on August 13, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    The metric system is superior by far to the imperial one, time to switch.

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  57. sapphirewyren02 Posted on August 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    You didn't mention much about the ponies. But still a good video

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  58. Mirza Ahmed Posted on September 1, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Do rules of buzkashi and pato.

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  59. Lady_KSP Posted on September 17, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Nice! Thanks👍🏽🐎

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  60. Mrs Frogzilla Posted on October 2, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Thanks very much for this video. I saw Polo on TV a while ago and was mesmerised by it. I love the fast pace and wanted to learn more about it such as the changing ends and the chukkas or however it’s spelt, being just 7 minutes long. I’m grateful for this and will enjoy the game much more the next time I watch it. Shame it’s only a game for the toffs.

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  61. Rivka A. Posted on October 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH

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  62. Smallbus Big Bus Posted on November 7, 2018 at 3:31 am

    so its rocket league but on horses

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  63. Sarah Grimm Posted on March 1, 2019 at 4:22 am

    What if there is a game similar to polo but with elephants?

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  64. Sachin kumar 394 Posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:27 am

    It's. Old. Indian game gyese

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  65. Louis Fisher Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Not polo ponies lol thurabred

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  66. thsudy Posted on April 12, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I don’t think I can afford equipment for even 1 player

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  67. Adam Connolly Posted on June 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    What if your left handed

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  68. Zahoor Ali Mehdi Posted on June 22, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Sir there is no such lines seen in the ground how can it be judge 30,40 & 60 yards lines ?
    Can one goal directly from 30,40 & 60 yard lines ?

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  69. Daniel Kohner Posted on June 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for posting!

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  70. Kervin Posted on June 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

    They should have just named this game Divot Stomping. Them horses stomping around anyway and it sounds more encouraging to know that simply polo.

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  71. hyperblaster47 Posted on July 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Hey Ninh, come to Argentina to see the best Polo in the world. Dolfina against Ellerstina a classic game.

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  72. Macpo33 Posted on July 23, 2019 at 2:28 am

    i aint never seen a whiter sport in my life ongod 🚫🧢

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  73. Nathan Baker Posted on August 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Good video

    Reply
  74. Abdullah Sirika Posted on August 18, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Fabulous!!!!

    Reply
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