As in any sport, polo has several versions. In today’s post we tell you about some of these variants that stand out from the typical polo match on a field.
First of all, we have the arena polo, which is an accelerated version of the pole. It has similar rules to the field version and is less strenuous for the player. Unlike outdoor polo, which is played on a 10-acre field, arena polo is played on 300 feet by 150 feet of field, surrounded by walls four or more feet high. Normal play consists of four chukkers, or periods, of seven and a half minutes each. Sand pole shapes include beach pole.
Another modern variant is the snow polo, which is played on compacted snow on flat ground or on a frozen lake. The format of the snow pole varies depending on the space available. Each team generally consists of three players who aim to drive a ball towards the opposite goal to score goals, and a brightly colored clear plastic ball is preferred.
A popular combination of polo and lacrosse sports is the polocrosse game, which was developed in Australia in the late 1930s. It is played with two teams of six players per side and the objective is to score goals.
There are also other types that are not exclusively played on horseback; they include canoe polo, cycling polo, camel polo, elephant polo, golf polo, Segway polo and yak polo, among others. Polo is a sport that grows unstoppably throughout the world. This growing demand has led to the rise of new types of games.