Camel Polo In Rajasthan
It was in 1889. Prime Minister of Jodhpur Sir Partap Singh invited Bengal Lancers to raise the Jodhpur Lancers. Polo was introduced to Jodhpur in its current modern form. Three years later Jodhpur raised its Polo Team. which won many accolades home and abroad. In 1897, when Sir Pratap traveled to London for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. he took his polo team along, amongst the very first Indian teams to travel abroad. and for that matter, foreign teams to invade England and create history.
The Jaipur Royals were a formidable polo playing family. The last maharaja of the state literally died with his spurs on a polo field. They drew international publicity for India. The sport has remained one of the most prominent in the elite social circuit.
150 meters in length by 100 meters in width for senior and juniors.
120 meters in length by 80 meters in width for sub junior and women.
Goal posts 4 meters apart, 2.5 meters in height and 1.5 meters in width.
Camels are accompanied by their riders who sport brightly coloured safa, representing the two teams.
The camel polo Game is best enjoyed with three camels to team and one for the umpire.
The game begins with a throw-in from the center of the field.
A player is permitted to take only three taps.
Hooking of sticks is not allowed.
When the ball goes over the sideline. The team that did not strikes, has a hit-in from where the ball went out.
Penalty hits are to be taken from 20 yards from the goal line. In a penalty the opposition camels must be 15 yards away.
Teams change ends only after each “Chukker”.
Ladies may use two hands to strike the ball, men only one hand.
No camel may lie down between the goal posts.
The decision of umpire is final.
Some Interesting Terms
Chukker : One round of seven minutes.
Mallet : The polo stick made of cane with a wooden head. Its average length is between 72″ – 90″. Depending upon the your camel’s height.
Safas : Helmet worn by the rider, which represents the two teams. Essentially these are in two different colours.
Kamar Bandh : A cloth belt worn around the waist, by the rider.