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Polo Team Positions

Polo player positions

Overview

A polo team is made up of four polo players. The four players on each team are assigned positions, designated by the numbers from 1 to 4 and worn on their team jerseys.

Player Positions

The four players on each team are assigned positions, designated by the numbers from 1 to 4 and worn on their team jerseys.

Usually, the most experienced and highest rated players are at positions 2 and 3.

Position Number 1 - The attacking offensive player, similar to a forward in hockey or soccer. This player is an accurate hitter and concentrates on opportunities for scoring, but also has the defensive responsibility for the opposing #3 player.

Position Number 2 - Primarily an offensive player, turns quickly to follow the #1 player on attack, also responsible for defense, interchanging with the #3 player. The #2 player is often the 2nd highest rated player on the team.

Position Number 3 - Similar to a quarterback in football, this player is usually the highest handicapped and most experienced player on the team. Number 3 attacks the opposing offense and turns the ball up field usually with a pass to the #2 or #1 player. The #3 player must be able to hit long distances with accuracy and also be good at stick and ball control.

Position Number 4 - Similar to a back in football, this player is most valuable on defense for defending the team's goal, capable of turning the play with a good back shot from defense to offense and moving the ball toward his team's goal.

These roles are flexible, and each player is prepared to make any play that benefits the team, changing position as necessary.