S: Eliza Cate - POLOCROSSE
BC: Eliza Cate Riverside Christian College Year 6, Term 3 Health and PE Assignment POLOCROSSE
FC: Polocrosse by Eliza Cate
1: As the name implies, Polocrosse is a combination of Polo and Lacrosse where players on horseback use a racket to pass a ball back and forth as they attempt to score a point between two upright posts at the end of the 160-yard playing field.
2: Polocrosse is played on a field which is 146 Metres long by 54 Metres wide. Goal posts, which are 2.5 Metres apart, are located at each end of the field. Infield, there is a line that extends the width of the field, 27 Metres from each goal, that is called the "penalty line". This line encloses what is called the "goal scoring area", into which only the No. 1 of the attacking team and the No. 3 of the defending team are allowed to enter. Directly in front of the goal posts is an 10Metre arc. The soft sponge rubber ball must be thrown through the goal posts from outside this arc, and from within the "goal scoring area". The ball may not be carried across the penalty line when entering or exiting the goal scoring area. It must be either thrown to a teammate or bounced across by the appropriate player
3: Equipment needed a Racquet/Mallets a Safety Helmet a soft sponge ball leg wraps and coronet boots for the horses safety equipment for rider, boots, gloves, vests and most importantly a horse | Safety Equipment is really important as Polocrosse is a contact sport and riders get bumped around and sometimes fall of their horses. International riders wear a safety helmet, a padded vest and safety boots and gloves and the horses wear coronet boots and leg wraps to protect their legs.
4: The rules/ how the game is played. Teams are made up of 6 players, 2 teams of three. The #1 player is the "attack". The #1 is the only player who can score a goal for the team, and can only do so when in the goal scoring area.The #2 player is the "midfielder" responsible for both offense and defense.The #2 is usually the pivot of the team, and can only play in the midfield area. The #3 player is the "defense", or essentially, the goalie. The #3 is the only player who can defend the goal.
5: Another terrific aspect about Polocrosse is that for beginners, ANY horse will do. Quarter Horses, Arabians, Appaloosas, Stock Horses and Thoroughbreds. The horses come from every background; english, western, reining, team penning, & working ranch horses.
6: The Australian horse sport of Polocrosse was derived from an equestrian exercise in England and was introduced to Australia in 1939 where it rapidly spread across the country. It is now played in 14 Countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Ireland, UK and Canada
7: The horses range in age from 6 to 22 and from 14.hh to 16.hh. All are enjoying the game and playing at a variety of levels. The higher level the play, the more athletic the horse & player!
8: Kids as young as 4 can start playing and there are 4 adult grades A,B,C,& D.
9: The Game of Polo is played in 8 segments called Chukkas, each Chukka is 8 minutes long. Teams have 6 players and 3 players play each chukka changing over between them. There is only 6 horse on the field at any one time, 3 from your team and three from your opponents team.
10: Polocrosse is a great sport that promotes the relationship between rider and horse and team spirit and sportsmanship. Riders have to learn to ride one handed and catch and throw the ball with accuracy.
20: References http://horsezone.com.au/news/australian-2011-world-cup-polocrosse-team-announcement-504/ You tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhoNQ5SsX0&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1 laughing orca ranch http://laughingorcaranch.blogspot.com.au/2009/06/polocrossehorses-and-lacrosse.html Polocrosse Association of Australia http://www.polocrosse.org.au/ Images from www.Googleimages.com with searches of Polocrosse, Polocrosse rules, Polocrosse logos, polocrosse equipment.
21: I hope you all enjoyed what I love about Polocrosse as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. Eliza Cate Year 6 Riverside Christian College Maryborough Queensland Health and Physical Education assignment Term 3