Forming a Team

Forming a Polo Team.

High goal polo teams all have names we know…La Dolfina, King Power, Zacara, Ellerstina, Dubai, La Aguada to name half a dozen. These teams are all made up of professional polo players and, similar to premiership football, involve contracts and sponsorship deals for the season. High goal teams have handicaps of seventeen or more (the highest possible being 40 goals), medium of twelve to fifteen goals and low goal of up to ten (according to Guards Polo Club).

At low and medium goal level having your own team is more flexible. Most patrons begin playing at low goal, choosing a team name and having a set of polo shirts designed and printed or embroidered. Normally two sets of shirts are needed, with contrasting strip colour so you have an option if your opposition has a similar colour shirt. You need four shirts individually numbered (HPA Rules, 1h) one to four with the numbers no less than nine inches high and in contrasting colour on the back. Any shirt design other than black and white stripes (which would be confused with the umpires) is permitted.

You are not committed to keeping the same team throughout the season, just on a tournament by tournament basis. At low goal level teams are frequently shared between two patrons, both bringing to the team their own professional polo player. At medium goal it is more common to see one patron playing with three professionals. At this level the patron benefits from consistency in the team and normally it is decided at the beginning of the season which tournaments will be entered so the professionals can confirm they will be available to play.

Having your own team shirts, and playing under your team name, brings another dimension to a polo match. It takes you to the next level by adding an extra degree of competitiveness and pride.

A word of advice as a footnote. Make sure you get all your shirts back at the end of the match. Otherwise you could end up being a shirt short for your next game.

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