Polo Players Edition

NOV 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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10 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N ship for the upcoming school year, total- ing $92,000, going directly to the stu- dent's tuition. The USPA Middle School League kicked off in late September with the first tournament hosted at Lakeside Polo Club in Lakeside, California. A total of 14 tournaments have been scheduled across the country and Canada for this fall season. The 2019 I/I Tournament Conditions, which included changes to best playing pony awards, adopting an inclement weather policy and changing the format of the National Intercollegiate Champi- onship to a six five-minute chukker for- mat, were presented for approval. Looking forward to the upcoming I/I season, there are many new interscholas- tic and intercollegiate teams including seven new college programs that have joined or rejoined the USPA, including George Washington University (Washing- ton D.C.), Georgetown University (Wash- ington D.C.), the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), Point Loma Universi- ty (San Diego, California), the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), the Uni- versity of South Carolina—Aiken (Aiken, South Carolina) and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas). Junior Polo The board approved the revised USPA National Youth Tournament Series condi- tions under "Specific Tournament Condi- tions" outlined by the Junior Polo NYTS Subcommittee. The conditions allow a four-team tournament to take place in one day; provide the option of a round robin; require overgirths in all I/I polo; and allows the Selection Committee to place a wild card on a zone team if a cer- tain zone does not have enough partici- pants. NYTS Championships were held over Labor Day Weekend at Columbine Polo & Equestrian Center, LLC (Littleton, Col- orado). Highlights from the champi- onship were a first-ever win for the Cen- tral Zone, and the launch of the all-female division called "Girls All-Star Challenge." Umpires, LLC To date the Umpires, LLC has 25 profes- sional umpires. Collectively, there are 208 certified outdoor umpires and 111 arena umpires, and the LLC is on track to umpire over 2,500 games by the end of the year. So far in 2018, Umpires, LLC sent pro- fessional umpires to 97 USPA clubs and to 11 foreign or private clubs. This fall, 10 clubs have contracted with Umpires, LLC to have one or more umpires at their clubs. There have been a total of nine umpire clinics held this year: seven clinics in the U.S. and two clinics in Canada. Clubs hosting a USPA circuit or nation- al event, 8 goals and under, can get a pro- fessional umpire for their tournament for a $500 fee. Umpires, LLC will pay for the umpire's salary, hotel, airfare and car rental. Clubs can request an umpire for up to three events per year. The Umpire Reimbursement Program, also known as UMP, was budgeted $78,000 for 2018. Funds are divided among the 13 circuits based on member- ship. Clubs can request partial reimburse- ment if they have hired a USPA certified umpire at their clubs. The deadline for applying for reimbursement is November 30. Global Licensing, LLC USPA Global Licensing, LLC Presi- dent & CEO Michael Prince reported that the U.S. Polo Assn. brand reached $1.6 billion in global retail sales in 2017 and has delivered approximately 20 per- cent growth in 2018. The brand now has a presence in 166 countries and has opened 1,031 monobrand retail stores globally, resulting in U.S. Polo Assn. hav- ing one of the largest store fleets of any international apparel brand in the world. U.S. Polo Assn. was also recognized as No. 42 of the top 150 global licensors in License Global magazine, passing other iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, PGA Tour and the National Hockey League. Finally, the Westchester Cup received a record 2.3 million viewers and the U.S. Open reached another record 2.3 mil- lion viewers, exceeding the prior year broadcasts by 100 percent as the compa- ny targets seven million broadcast view- ers in 2018 and over four million social media followers globally. Deferred Business A governor-at-large vacancy was creat- ed when Stephen Orthwein Jr. accepted his election to Florida Circuit Governor. The vacancy may be filled in the future in accordance with the approved restat- ed and amended constitution. USPA Chairman Chip Campbell presents a bronze to Mark Sedacca in appreciation of his service as Midstates Circuit Governor.

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