Polo Players Edition

Intercollegeiate Interscholastic 2019

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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3 I/I MAGAZINE - 2019 W elcome to the 2019 edition of the USPA Intercollegiate and Interscholastic (I/I) Tournament season! As we begin this year's tournament season, it should be noted that 2019 has seen a rise in the number of teams competing this year, as well as welcomed many new programs to the ranks. New Interscholastic clubs include St. Louis Polo Club and Sarasota Polo Club, and new Collegiate programs include USC-Aiken, the University of North Texas, and PT Loma Nazarene are all scheduled to compete officially this year. Did you know that 30% of the USPA membership is made up of current and past I/I players or otherwise involved? Thank you to our clubs, parents, umpires, coaches, volunteers, horse providers and the USPA for your support in achieving this milestone! It is reflective of the collective work by many people to raise the visibilit y and attraction of our sport. Looking forward, the future of Youth Polo, I/I specifically, continues to be very exciting. Our Middle School League continues to increase its ranks for the 4th year in a row. This is where our coaches begin teaching the rules of the game, techniques, sportsmanship, horsemanship and winning strategies. The foundation that is built here will serve these young players for their entire polo careers. Players are learning in a safe environment to be their best, both on and off the field. In addition to improving skill levels for players and coaches, a critical advancement for the safety of our sport is due to the Umpires, LLC division of the USPA. This group of professional Umpires has been officiating our preliminary, regional and national tournaments, providing a safe, consistent game for all levels. We all thank our Umpires for their continued support and professionalism to our players, coaches, managers, and clubs. Recognition for our student-athletes is important. Our players put in countless hours to improve their skills, along with keeping up their grades. We began to recognize their efforts in High School with the Varsity Letter program 5 years ago. This year, we have 97 players recognized by their schools and the USPA for their efforts! Now in its fourth year, the USPA Intercollegiate Scholarship Program has 23 student-athletes receiving scholarship funds this academic year. Those scholarship funds go directly towards the student's full-time tuition. The future of our sport is in great hands! All of the excitement about polo has to do with our equine partners. They bring the speed and agility for our players to be their best. We continue to make significant strides in equine welfare education and care for these magnificent athletes. We thank our horse providers for their care! Parents, a special thank you for the endless hours you provide supporting your kids in their early polo careers. We take this responsibility very seriously with our training programs at all levels. Your feedback, time, energy and devotion make I/I continue to thrive. Thank you! In closing, I would like to recognize I/I Program Director Amy Fraser, I/I Tournament Manager Emily Dewey and I/I Program Coordinator Ali Davidge for their year-round dedication, tireless energy, spirit, and enthusiasm to make the magic happen. Best of Luck to all our players and coaches for an epic 2019 Tournament Season! David Wenning Chairman, I/I Committee

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