Rules of bicycle polo in the U.S.B.P.A.
These bicycle polo rules are governed by the U.S. Bicycle Polo Association (U.S.B.P.A.):
Hitting the ball
All players must play right handed. (Some day we will start a league for lefties, but until then we have to have everyone hitting from the same side.) The ball may only be intentionally struck by a mallet when the frame of the rider's bike has been parallel to the sideline for at least 21 feet (three bike lengths).
Right of way
A player's right-of-way must be respected! Right -of-way is established when one player has approached the ball on his or her right, with their bike positioned parallel to the sidelines at least 21 feet before striking (three bike lengths).
Veering occurs when a player fails to establish or maintain a position parallel to the sidelines before intentionally striking the ball. If veering is called the other team takes over from the spot of the infraction.
Intentional contact of any kind with an opposing player or bike is illegal!
A players foot must remain on or in the pedals at all times. If a player's foot touches the ground, that player must clear the field of play by crossing out-of-bounds at the nearest point and then return to action. A player may not hit the ball while his or her foot is on the ground.
Start of play
Each chukkar is started by a "joust" A joust is when one player designated by his/her respective team, sets-up in the goal to sprint to a ball placed at the center of the field. The sprinters take start on the command of the referee.
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