Polo Glossary

Polo Glossary

All the technical words of polo in Argentina, before visiting a playground.

Polo tournament in Palermo

Bowl (or ball): it is round, made of wood, synthetic resin or rubber; it weighs 120-130 grams and its diameter is 76-89 mm. The player hits it with a mallet to score a goal.
Spanish: bola or bocha

Chukka or chukker: 7-minute game time.
Spanish: período

Polo chukker in Palermo

Right of way: the rider who has just hit the bowl follows it; he has priority of way over the others. To obstruct the right of way is one of the most serious fouls.

Polo team: it is made up of 4 players.
Spanish: bando

Goal: it is scored when the bowl goes between the posts and completely goes through the goal line.
Spanish: gol

Argentine polo player

Handicap: each player is handicapped from -2 up to 10; such value depends on the handicap of the other players of the same category. Contrary to golf, the higher the handicap, the better the player.

A team’s handicap: the handicap of the 4 players is added up.

Back lines: boundaries at the end of the field.
Spanish: línea trasera

Side lines: side boundaries of the field.
Spanish: líneas laterales

Sticking the ball, Argentine polo

Mallet or stick: a bamboo stick with a wooden head. It is prohibited to carry the mallet on the left hand.
Spanish: mazo or taco

Game: it is generally played in 6 periods.
Spanish: partido

Penalties: more or less severe according to the seriousness of the foul.
Spanish: faltas or penales

Polo Player: a rider that plays polo.
Spanish: polista

Polo penalty

Horse or pony: a polo horse, usually an Argentine one.
Spanish: caballo or petiso

Goal: located at the back lines, it is 7,20 m wide and at least 3 m high.
Spanish: arcos

Shot: hit.
Sticks & balls: training practice.

Polo ground or field: 230-275 m long by 145-180 m wide, flat and covered by grass.
Spanish: cancha