About the Team
Come experience polo at its best and witness the grace and power of the wonderful thoroughbred horses!
If you haven’t seen the Elk Grove Polo Team take to the field on a warm evening or sunny weekend afternoon, you’re in for a treat. You will find a first-class polo team competing at the highest level in the Midwest. The team is talented! The action is rough, fast and exhilarating! The camaraderie and dedicated horsemanship are irreplaceable! And let’s not forget – the champagne divot stomp is just plain old Pretty Woman fun! In short, it’s a great way to spend your time with family, friends, neighbors, customers and clients.
The Elk Grove Polo Team plays at a number of venues throughout the Chicago Suburbs and Midwest. Check our Calendar of Events for locations and match days.
Get To Know the Sport:
Is really the best part of polo. Said to be 70-80% of a player’s game, polo ponies are actually full-size horses. Many are Thoroughbreds, but you’ll also see Quarter Horses, Argentines, Paints, Appaloosas and many cross-breeds.
Two teams of four players each on fast, agile horses use long mallets to hit a small white ball between goal posts at each end of the field. Spectators often ask how you can hit a little ball from the back of a galloping horse. Polo players often ask how you can so frequently miss!
Each player wears a jersey numbered from 1 to 4. The numerals reflect the position of the player. Number 1 is the forward, usually out front to receive a pass from a teammate and take the ball to goal. Numbers 2 and 3 are halfbacks and Number 4 is the back, responsible for defense. Play begins when the two teams line up at center field and umpire bowls the ball between the two lines of players. Once a goal is scored, the teams hustle back to the center for a new lineup and bowl-in. The periods or chukkers are 7.5 minutes long and the clock continues to run unless an umpire blows a whistle to stop the play for a penalty.
The most frequently called penalty is a crossing foul. A player who hits the ball on the right side (the off side of the horse) establishes what is called “the line of the ball” and has the right to follow the line of the ball in what is called “the right of way”. Any opposing player who enters the hitting player’s right of way or crosses the line to hit or try to hit the ball is guilty of a “crossing foul”. Don’t worry if you have trouble recognizing when fouls occur. Most players have the same problem. The umpire will allow the team that was fouled to take a free hit toward their opponent’s goal from a point determined by where the foul occurred or the severity of the offense.
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Team Players Wanted
Do you have what it takes to play polo?
If you are drawn to the pursuit of camaraderie, adventure, travel, and have a passion for horses, you will fit right in with the unique group of men and women who have zest for the oldest team sport played today!
You may not believe it, but polo is a sport that anyone can learn. Even if you have never ridden a horse, a few lessons can get you started and on your way to playing a sport that brings people and horses together in a fun and exciting way. No matter how young or old, you’ll be hooked once you put a mallet in your hand.
No need to own a horse or any equipment, we will provide it all.
Contact us to learn more.