15 POLO EUROPEAN TEAMS
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THE POLO GAME-GLOSSARY
Hook: In Spanish, travar. A move in which a player uses his or her mallet to block or interfere with the movement of an opponent’s mallet immediately prior to striking theball. A hook can be used in certain specific situations: a player can only hook when located on the side where the mallet is moving, or directly in front of or behind the opponent. A hook made outside these rules is considered a foul and results in a penalty shot.
Horses: The best polo mounts are Argentinian. Their main characteristics are speed, endurance, and ability to accelerate and turn quickly. Horses in this sport are often known as ‘polo ponies’ regardless of size.
Knock-in: Salida in Spanish. After the ball crosses the back line, the defending team knocks the ball back in. Play resumes from the spot in which the ball went off the field.
Mallet: Taco in Spanish. A bamboo/cane shaft with a hardwood cylinder at the end with which the ball is hit. Mallets of different lengths are used depending on the horse’s height.
Nearside: Reves in Spanish, the left-hand side of the polo pony.
Neckshot: Hitting the ball under the pony’s neck.
Penalty: A penalty is awarded following a foul. There are three main types of penalties, awarded according to the severity of the foul: 30, 40 and 60 yards. A penalty goal may be awarded when a very serious foul is committed near the goal.