Junior Schools Rules

Junior School Rules & Regulations

The Hurlingham Polo Association will govern all SUPA tournaments played in addition to specific SUPA rules which appear on this website and in the Terms and Conditions on the Tournament Enter Form. Team Managers please note that SUPA organises tournaments on behalf of member schools who are required to make their online entries before the closing date. 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 TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION

ELIGIBILTY AND EQUIPMENT for PLAYERS

Member players are expected to be well turned out and safe for all SUPA matches and throughout the event.

HATS:   PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 1ST JANUARY 2018 SUPA WILL BE ENFORCING THE HPA RULING ON HELMETS www.hpa-polo.co.uk/2018-helmet-regulations/  YOUR INSURANCE WILL BE INVALID AND YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PLAY IN ANY SUPA TOURNAMENTS IF YOUR HAT DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA

BELOW ARE THE HELMETS THAT MEET THE REQUIRED STANDARDS

Manufacturer Model Standard
Charles Owen Palermo Polo PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014
Charles Owen Polo Edition PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014
Charles Owen Young Rider Polo PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014
Armis Armis PAS015:2011, ASTM(Pending),VG1 01.040-2014 and Certified with MIPS
GPA Speed Air / Polo X2 UTAC/CRITT 04/2015 andVG1 01.040-2014
Instinct Polo TBC PAS015:2011


25TH JANUARY 2018 - UPDATE FROM THE HPA REGARDING HELMETS/HATS

As you are aware the HPA have introduced the minimum standard for polo helmets they must be type approved to at least one of the standards PAS015:2011 with CE mark, SNELL E2001, VG1 01.040 2014-12, or UTAC/CRITT 04/2015.

PAS015:1998 is the previous version of PAS015:2011.

Due to extended lead times retailers often carried high stocks of helmets and therefore there are still helmets available that are labelled PAS015:1998.

The HPA will allow the use of helmets that are labelled PAS015:1998.


GOGGLES:
  It is recommended that goggles are worn by every player. Lensless or specialised googles are available from Polo equipment suppliers.

MOUTHGUARDS: It is recommended that mouth guards are worn by every player.

KNEE PADS:  Knee pads must be worn in all SUPA sanctioned events and Championships, as per HPA Rule 3,b.

HAIR:  In the interest of safety, long hair must be secured appropriately.

SPURS:  May be worn at SUPA events. Any misuse of spurs will be reported to the Section Manager and Chairman, any reported riders will be recorded and monitored. Sharp spurs are not permitted. Only blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges, and spurs that have a smooth rotating ball on the shank may be worn. If the spurs are curved, the curve must be downwards and the shank must point straight to the back and not exceed 3.5cm in length. The measurement is taken from the heel of the boot to the end of the shank.

HORSE HIRE: If you are hiring ponies to play at a SUPA event, the providers are legally required to hold a current REL, (Riding Establishments License) to  hire out horses for payment or remuneration. Please make sure you have seen a copy of their REL or that they are current APSPH members.   www.apsph-polo.org.uk

COMPLAINTS, PROTESTS AND OBJECTIONS 

No complaint may be raised directly with an opposing team, player or official. Only Schools Managers, or their appointed representative notified to the relevant Section Manager, are entitled to lodge objections or protests. 

These must be made to the SUPA Section Manager or the Tournament Organiser on the same day and as soon as possible after the incident and they will be heard by a Jury of Appeal. Protests should be in writing accompanied by a deposit of £50 which will be refunded if the objection is upheld. 

Players or parents who approach any SUPA Steward with a protest or objection will be referred to their Schools Manager. No photographic evidence will be accepted in support of a complaint, protest or objection.

Any complaints about umpiring must be made to the appropriate Section Manager and not directly to the umpire. School Managers may then take up complaints with the SUPA Committee and appropriate Section Managers, but as per the HPA rules of Polo, the umpires’ decision is final, and results of matches cannot be altered after the match has completed.

RULES:
The rules as laid down by the H.P.A. are to be applied, unless SUPA and their officials deem otherwise. The rules may be interpreted in a slightly different manner due to the facilities used by the Officials on the day. Changes and interpretation will be listed on the notice boards before play if made.  Decision of the Section Manager and Tournament Chairman will be final.

SECTIONS OF PLAY

ALL PLAYERS MUST CURRENTLY ATTEND A JUNIOR SCHOOL. NO PLAYERS IN YEARS 9 AND ABOVE MAY PLAY IN THIS DIVISION

BEGINNERS: This section is for players who have not played any competitive matches and are new to the sport.  Players should move up to Novice after one season in the arena and one season on grass.  If a coach feels that a player is exceptionally weak and with discussion with Section Manager at their discretion a player may stay for a further year in the Beginners Section.  Please note this can only be approved by the Section Manager after consultation with the players coach.

NOVICE: This section is for players who have been playing for move than one year.  HPA handicapped players may not play in this section.

INTERMEDIATE:  This section is for players that are too strong for the Novice section i.e. players who regularly play Pony Club Polo.  HPA handicapped players may not play in this section

OPEN: This Section is for teams that have progressed through the sections and have reaching the end of their time at Junior level and HPA handicapped players.

COMBINED TEAMS:
  Combined teams can only be made up by and with the approval of the Section Manager.  The Section Manager will then place the team in the most appropriate section.  NB non SUPA Stewards may not make up combined teams.

IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION

Entry fees will be refunded - a £10 admin fee is retained.

LATE ENTRY OR WITHDRAWAL OF TEAMS/PLAYERS

If a team or player has to withdraw less than 10 days before a tournament the entry fee will be forfeited and penalties [currently £30-£80] may be affixed.  Please co-ordinate with the Section Manager to mitigate possible fines as early as possible.

BEHAVIOUR

The Schools Manager or Players Representative are responsible for the behaviour of their teams.


COMPLAINTS, PROTESTS AND OBJECTIONS 

No complaint may be raised directly with an opposing team, player or official. Only Schools Managers, or their appointed representative notified to the relevant Section Manager, are entitled to lodge objections or protests. 

These must be made to the SUPA Section Manager or the Tournament Organiser on the same day and as soon as possible after the incident and they will be heard by a Jury of Appeal. Protests should be in writing accompanied by a deposit of £50 which will be refunded if the objection is upheld. 

Players or parents who approach any SUPA Steward with a protest or objection will be referred to their Schools Manager. No photographic evidence will be accepted in support of a complaint, protest or objection.

Any complaints about umpiring must be made to the appropriate Section Manager and not directly to the umpire. School Managers may then take up complaints with the SUPA Committee and appropriate Section Managers, but as per the HPA rules of Polo, the umpires’ decision is final, and results of matches cannot be altered after the match has completed.

Other Players:

  • OVERSEAS PLAYERS:  These players will play off their last registered HPA Handicap, or if not registered then the handicap given by their Governing Polo Association.  It is the Team Captain, Manager, Club Captain or Chairman's responsibility to clarify this with all overseas players and notify SUPA immediately.  The Official online Membership Registration and online Tournament Entry will attest to and confirm the eligibility as well as attest to the safety of the players entered by the Team Captain, Manager, Club Captain or Chairman.
  • POLO CROSSE:  Players who play Polo Crosse and are also at a polo club will play off the handicap given and assessed by that Polo Club.  If a player is not a member of an HPA Club, then they will be assessed by SUPA, based on consultation with the appropriate Certified HPA Instructor.  Non handicapped players will be registered as "S".
  • ALUMNI PLAYERS: All other former school or university players or bonafide full-time staff may be eligible to join SAPA, SUPA Alumni Polo Association, Ltd, and participate in SAPA Polo events.  SAPA, an HPA Association, is a separate and privately owned affiliate of SUPA, Ltd. which generates grant monies to SUPA as and when possible.

CONDITIONS FOR PLAYERS

LIMITED LIABILITY INSURANCE:    All players are to be fully paid up before they play.  Forms must be completed and payment made online from the website www.supa.org.uk .  The annual fee for 2018-2019 is £55 per member-player which includes Limited Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance.  SUPA does not offer Personal Medical Insurance. It is the players responsibility to be registered and provide proof of payment to any third party if required.  Again our Official Registrar, Mrs. Donna Stephens,  
membershipregistrar@supa.org.uk may be reached to assist members if any problems arise.
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MEDICAL INSURANCE: SUPA does not provide any level of medical insurance coverage.  All players must determine and confirm with their University if sports insurance, including polo, is available whilst playing university polo.  All players are advised to seek and secure all risk insurance coverage which includes the sport of polo.  Polo is a dangerous sport.

DISCLAIMER

SUPA, the HPA and tournament and event organisers or any person acting on their behalf, do not accept liability for loss, damage, accident, injury or illness to competitors, spectators or any person or property whatsoever.

SUPA, the HPA and tournament and event Organisers aim to meet the necessary medical, veterinary and health and safety standards but the responsibility for the players, spectators and supporters rests with the individuals and, if they are under 18 years, with their Schools Manager, Players Representative, or parents or guardians both on and off the ground or in/out of the Arena. 

A player with a known medical condition must obtain qualified medical approval before participating in any SUPA activity. 

Schools/Parents/Guardian are responsible for the behaviour of their players at all times when their players are participating in any SUPA event. 

Every eventuality cannot be provided for in these rules. 

It is the School's or Parents/Guardian responsibility to ensure they are complying with the rules of the competition.