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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26 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N back to the program. Of course, the USPA offers support in this area. The I/I alumni circuit tournament, which can be hosted by any USPA member or collegiate club, was launched this year. Just as with any USPA circuit event, there is no cost to the club to sanction it and the USPA supplies free trophies. The tournaments are also eligible for umpire support if they meet certain requirements. They are sanctioned USPA events, which get published in USPA media outlets and in the annual Blue Book. Additionally, there are up to $1,000 in funds available from the I/I program for college teams to put on a fundraiser, and alumni events are one of the most successful and profitable fundraisers teams can put on. Top that off with the additional support from the alumni coming back to play—think buying themselves and their whole family merchandise—and teams can bank some serious bucks. Not having any alumni is not a valid excuse. We hear all the time that a team is only a few years old, and has no alumni yet. You can open it up to all alumni! Even if you have a lot of your school's alumni in the area, opening it up to all alumni players in the area will only increase your pool of support. With summer polo over and I/I season in full swing, now is a great time to get reintroduced to the sport if you UCONN alum Rachel Ward UCONN alumni Rory Torrey and Megan Schultz UCONN's Rory Torrey, Megan Schultz and Rachel Ward

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