Senior Schools Rules and Regulations
SUPA organises tournaments on behalf of schools who make team entries. Schools must ensure that appropriate team managers are appointed who will be responsible for individual players at all times. Managers are responsible for the compliance with SUPA/HPA rules.
SUPA expects all playing in tournaments to wear a protective helmet that conforms to British Safety Standards and carry a kitemark. Those approved by the pony club and carry a kitemark - PAS 015, ASTM F1163, AS/NZS 3838 1998, Snell E2001 OR EN 1384. These standards are required as these are currently considered to afford the best protection. It is emphasised that hats bearing a QAS (quality assurance symbol), e.g. Kite Mark, SEI or QAS, are batch tested and therefore manufactured to a constant standard. Those manufactured by Charles Owen will comply with our standards and will become mandatory from 2010.
Goggles will be mandatory from 2011. SUPA recommend that all players wear goggles.
Eligibility of Players
To be eligible to play in SUPA Senior School Tournaments players in the team must be in full-time education at the same school and be over 13 years of age on 1st January each year. Children who are not yet 13 but who will be in that academic year may play. They should be playing on polo ponies and not 'fluffies'.
Under 16 players must be under 16 on 1st September of the current academic year. Those playing in teh U16 tournament may also play in the A team championship.
If a team has to withdraw less than 7 days before a tournament the entry fee will be forfeited and penalties may be affixed.