The basic rule is the line of the ball, which is determined by the course of the travelling ball. The line is set for the safety of the players and their ponies.
When the Player has the line of the ball on his Right Side he has the ‘Right of way’. No Player shall cross the line unless it is at such distance that the slightest risk of collision or danger to the Player and horse involved. However the line can be ‘stolen’ by other players - this can be done by moving the player of the line shoulder by shoulder, in a so called ‘rideoff’, to steal the ball.
Fouls in field polo are penalized by penalties and spots. The more dangerous the foul is the harsher the penalty will be. Penalties are shot from different
- 1. 25 yards (penalty one)
a. It can be defended by the fouling team
- 1. 15 yards (penalty two)
a. This penalty is undefended by the fouling team. The moment the shot is released one Player can run up and defend the goal.
- 1. 25 yards (penalty three)
a. This penalty is completely undefended.
A player may hook an opponent’s mallet/stick, push him of the line of the ball shoulder by shoulder. The player who last struck the ball has the right of way which no other player can cross - unless the distance is so great that any possible collisions can easily be avoided.