GAME ON: The layout of a polocrosse field.
GAME ON: The layout of a polocrosse field.

Get to know the finer points of polocrosse

THINKING of heading out to Morgan Park to take a look at the world-class polocrosse action this weekend?

Unless you follow the sport it can be hard to understand, so here's a guide so you can cheer on our Warwick players.

General play

The game starts in centre field, the players lining up side by side, one behind the other with the number one or attack in front.

The ball is thrown in by the umpire.

The game starts similarly after a goal has been scored.

Whenever an attempt at goal fails, the number three or defence throws the ball back into play from just behind the penalty line.

Players pick up the ball from the ground, or catch it, in the net of the stick and ride with it or throw it from player to player until the number 1 or attack is in possession of it in the goal scoring area.

A player cannot carry the ball over the penalty line, but must bounce it on the ground, so that that player does not have possession of it while actually crossing the penalty line. However, a player may throw the ball to another player across the line on the full.

A player carrying the ball in the stick must carry it on the stick side - right-handed players carry it on the off-side of the horse. A player cannot carry it across the horse, but the player can pick up or catch the ball on the non-stick side provided the player brings the stick back to the stick side immediately.

Hitting at an opponent's stick, either to dislodge the ball or prevent the opponent gaining possession of it, is allowed in an upward direction only. Hitting down constitutes a foul.

The basics

The stick/racquet may be of any length, usually from 1.0m to 1.2m overall.

The ball is made of thick- skinned sponge rubber.

Each player is permitted only one horse in each match or tournament.

A team consists of six players, divided into two sections of three who play alternate chukkas of a maximum of eight minutes each, either six or eight chukkas usually comprising a full match.

However for the interstate series they are allowed to have a seventh player to swap.

Don't miss tomorrow's paper for more details.

Competition grades

  •  Men's
  •  Women's
  •  Under 30 mixed
  •  Under 21 men's
  •  Under 21 women's
  •  Masters mixed
  •  Junior boys
  •  Junior girls


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