The basic rule set

  • Teams are made up of 3 players.
  • To score you have to use the end of your mallet (hitting with the side is called a shuffle).
  • Don’t put your foot down (if you do, you must tap out at the side of the court).
  • Any contact must be ‘like to like’ (mallet to mallet, bike to bike, body to body).
  • First to five points wins (or whoever has the most goals when the time runs out).

Your first few games

Some useful tips for beginners are:

  • Watch a few games before playing to see how the players move around the court, this will help once you’re part of the action.
  • Use your mallet to “tripod” so you can keep your balance more easily when you’re not moving (but watch for others trying to hook your mallet out from underneath you).
  • When you first start off you will often find yourself in the way of others and may get the feeling that the ball is being very elusive. Try to keep moving into space so that you’re in a good position for a pass and try to intercept any passes that the other team make.
  • Try to avoid t-boning other players (when you collide with another player without playing the ball). T-boning is not acceptable and can be avoided by using obstruction and slowing techniques instead.
  • Make and master your own mallet… using the same mallet and bike setup allows you to improve quicker, if you need help making a mallet then just ask.
  • The more time you spend on the court the better you’ll get at bike polo. Your fellow polo players are also a great source of information and will keep pointing you in the right direction.
  • If none of the courts listed in the where we play section are convenient for you, then get in touch with the LHBPA and we’ll help you find new places to play polo in your area.
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