20 Nov 2020
COVID-19 RULE VARIANCES AND UMPIRE PROTOCOLS
To help achieve ‘social distancing’ and eliminate ‘face to face contact’ and risk of transmission between players, the following rules will continue to apply until further notice.
CHANGING ENDS. Teams will only change ends at the end of each chukka.
DURATION OF CHUKKAS. Except for the last chukka all chukkas shall be played to the 2nd bell unless a goal is scored after the first bell which will signal the end of that chukka. If a whistle is blown for a penalty during the last 5 seconds, 5 seconds shall be allowed for the execution of any penalty. If ‘no foul’ is agreed, then play shall continue only for the time remaining when the whistle was blown. The last chukka will end on the first bell if a team is winning. If teams are tied, play will continue until a goal is scored or the second bell and the 5 second rule as above shall apply.
START OF PLAY. The team that wins the toss may choose which way to play or to start the game with a hit from the centre of their own 60 yard line as per a knock in. All chukkas will start this way with teams taking alternate hits having changed ends.
RESTART AFTER A GOAL. Play will restart with a hit in by the defending team. The clock will not stop and the umpire rather than the goal judge will place the ball after 20 seconds on the 60 yard line opposite the centre of the goal. He will then call play and the player must play the ball within 5 seconds without re-placing it. The opposition must be 30 yards from the 60 yard line. A player shall be onside if he enters the field of play beyond the 60 yard line where the restart is being taken or is put onside by one of his own players.
RESTART EXTRA TIME - COVID VARIANCE RULE. It has been agreed that a restart for extra time should be a Covid throw in from the centre, teams having changed ends as per the Covid variance rules. The umpire should throw the ball in from the centre towards the boards with his right shoulder facing the point from where the "restart" would have been for that specific extra time chukker.
RESTART OF PLAY TO REDUCE LINE-UPS. If play is stopped and the normal result would have been a line up for a throw in, the umpires will now restart play as follows:
BALL OUT OF PLAY. No player may make any contact with another player until the umpire calls ‘play’. A player may not use his whip until the ball is in play. The ball is not in play until it is hit or hit at.
FACE COVERINGS.Face coverings need not be worn by players on the field of play but shouting by a player without a face covering which covers his mouth when in close proximity to another player will be penalised with a Penalty 5a, hit from the spot.
INJURY TREATMENT Injuries during play should still be treated as player wellbeing is utmost. After contact with an injured participant, clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity. This advice is applicable to all situations, regardless of whether there was close contact or the minimum social distancing was maintained. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose. Face coverings are also advisable when undertaking treatment.
Physios or their equivalent, should keep a record of each participant they have come into contact with for track and trace purposes.
EQUIPMENT. All umpires should bring their own Face Covering, Gloves and Sanitising product and use their own equipment (Hat, Whistle and Cards). If this is not possible any equipment supplied must be disinfected (with a suitable COVID 19 product) by the Club before and after re-use
BALLS. All balls must be disinfected (with a suitable COVID19 product) before and during any polo session which involves either training Marshalls and/or Goal judges. The recommended procedure should be 3 points of collection, from 3 nominated officials (which may be a goal judge) placed in a central position and behind the goals at either end. Balls should be kept in disinfection tubs at these collection points to ensure the safety of all officials.
No entry for attendees with a temperature 37.8 or above or showing S&S of C-19. They should be sent home and told to follow procedure.
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