What is it?

NZ Polocrosse

What is Polocrosse?

  • Polocrosse is a sport that was developed in Australia before the second World War and came to New Zealand with the first club formed by King Country in 1967 with 391 recognised members in 2012.
  • Players only require one horse to play (unlike polo) and age is no boundary with levels to cater for all abilities.
  • Polocrosse is played by both males and females and is one of the few sports where the entire family can play in the same team.
  • In New Zealand, we have 12 recognised clubs spread throughout the North Island.
  • Polocrosse is played with a racquet and the aim is to shoot the rubber covered foam ball between two goal posts.
  • There are three people per chukka and two chukkas per team. This allows your horse a rest between chukkas as you can play two or three chukkas per game depending on the format played.
  • Generally your team will play 6x6 minute Chukkas with a 2 min changeover period between, where the first three team players will come off the field so the second thee players can line up to start the next Chukka.
  • Each person is assigned a position as either a 1, 2 or 3.
  • Likened to netball, the 1 is the goal attack and their aim is to score goals but instead of being inside the "goal D", they are required to shoot goals from outside. Their playing areas are the goal scoring third and centre area.
  • The 2 is the center and their job is to assist with ball movement through the centre third and defence. They are limited to purely the centre third.
  • The 3 is the goal defence and they aim to defend the goal posts and force a mistake from the opposition's number 1. The goal keep can enter the "goal D" to defend if need be. Similar but opposite to the 1, the 3 is limited to the goal scoring third of the opposition and the centre third.
  • The field is set up similar to that of a netball court but without the centre circle, Instead there is a centered line at each side of the center third where the lineouts take place.
  • The lineout is how the game starts and is used to start play after each goal is scored.
  • The riders line up with their opposition number and the referee throws the ball in at between shoulder and stretched racquet height, where players swipe and stretch to catch the ball in their racquet.
  • The riders then carry the ball down the field to their appropriate scoring area.
  • The ball cannot be carried over the lines that divide the field into areas but instead it has to be either passed or bounced across the line.
  • To get the ball off an opponent, the rider can hit the racquet in an upwards movement only.
  • Forcing the rider over a boundary line with the ball still in their racquet will also warrant a possession turn over.