A Brief Introduction to the Sport of Polo



A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek joined Armonk, New York’s Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP, as a civil litigation attorney in 2006. Now a partner at the firm, Lisa M. Nousek spends her time away from work trail riding horses and playing polo.

Polo is one of the world’s oldest and most dynamic sports. The primary objective of a polo match is to score more goals than the opponent over the course of six chukkers, or time periods of 7 minutes each. Chukkers are separated by 3-minute breaks and a 15-minute intermission, for an approximate match length of 90 minutes. Polo teams comprise four riders with positions numbered one through four. Players one and two are more offense oriented, while positions three and four provide defense.

Points are scored by driving the ball through the opponent’s goal. Following scoring, teams switch scoring ends as a means of offsetting any environmental advantages. Each of the eight riders is mounted on a full-size pony foal, measuring up to 1,100 pounds. In addition to the players, two mounted officials follow the game and issue fouls when necessary, most of which are aimed at enforcing safe riding and playing actions.