All the technical words of polo in Argentina, before visiting a playground.
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.
Goal: it is scored when the bowl goes between the posts and completely goes through the goal line.
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
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.
Penalties: more or less severe according to the seriousness of the foul.
Spanish: faltas or penales
Polo Player: a rider that plays polo.
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.
Sticks & balls: training practice.
Polo ground or field: 230-275 m long by 145-180 m wide, flat and covered by grass.