Rules and policies

Rules and Policies

Polo Rules Test – All Players to complete in 2017.
In order to ensure there is a minimum standard of knowledge for players participating in polo and in particular at polo tournaments, the APF Board has issued a directive that as a condition of membership all players must complete the APF rules test in 2017.

Rules testing sessions will be conducted in all States and zones throughout the playing seasons, further information on dates and venues for these will be issued on a State by State basis as the details come to hand.

Players can elect to complete the online rules test – Note there is a fee for this test $77 incl GST (3 x attempts per fee & 30 minute time limit for each test).


Anto White National Chief Umpire, strongly advises all players to read the rule book thoroughly and view the HPA rules DVD

Updated – Australian Rules of Polo 2016
The Australian Polo Federation have updated the Rules of Polo to Hurlingham Polo Association 2016 field rules, which have for the first time been aligned with the rules of Argentina and the USA. In the USA & Argentina the rules language and order are slightly different in places but the meaning is intended to be the same.

2016 Rule Changes include:

Rule # 1.42 to 1.54 – Changes to Penalties, including Penalty 10 red & yellow flags.

Rule # 2.10 Documentation & DPI requirements

Rule # 2.25 – 2.40 – Club Responsibilities & Requirements, including returns.

Rule # 2.37 & 2.38 New Concussion Policy.

Annex B – # 20 – Goal Umpires – change in number & age requirement

Annex D – #1 acceptance of entries
The Rules of Polo v12.0 August 2016 can be viewed in the document above – changes to the rules (and where they vary from ARG/USA in part 1) are highlighted grey.

Australian Polo Federation Policies

The Australian Polo Federation is the peak body for the sport of polo in Australia and is committed to developing polo throughout Australia and internationally for the safety and enjoyment of all.

The Rules and Policies of the Australian Polo Federation are central to meeting this committment.  Members of the Australian Polo Federation are required to comply with APF rules and policies at all times.

For all APF policies and regulations, CLICK HERE