Polo Players Edition

FEB 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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The United States Polo Association established National Youth Tournament Series to cultivate and promote junior polo throughout the U.S. by supporting junior clinics, tournaments and national competition. By Hayley Heatley What is NYTS? The National Youth Tournament Series Program was established to provide youth players the opportunity to compete against their peers in USPA-sanctioned outdoor tournaments. At the local level, USPA outdoor clubs host one- or two-day NYTS qualifier tournaments. USPA members born after 1/1/2000 and holding a minimum -1 handicap are eligible to compete. Players register as individual players at each qualifier and are placed on teams carefully balanced by club management. How does a player qualify for the NYTS National Championship? The NYTS qualifier season culminates in the NYTS National Championship Cecil Smith Cup and the NYTS National Championship Girls' All-Star Challenge. Players are eligible to be selected for either a zone team or the Girls' division by receiving an All-Star award at a NYTS qualifier. What is a NY TS All-Star? At each qualifier, an anonymous committee selects All-Stars based on four categories; horsemanship, sportsmanship, playing ability at current handicap and ability to play as a member of a team. How can my club host a NYTS qualifier Tournament? Hosting a NYTS qualifier tournament is a great way to involve youth players in 22 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N NYTS Join the fun this spring and summer The United States Polo Association's National Youth Tournament Series is a fun and exciting way for youth players to compete against their peers, travel to new clubs and improve their level of play. For USPA clubs, the NYTS program provides a framework to help activate local youth members and encourage inter-club participation within the region. In 2018, 35 percent of NYTS participants played in multiple tournaments, leading players to learn about new clubs and form friendships with fellow youth players. Clubs often utilize Team USPA members and local professionals as coaches, providing unique learning opportunities for NYTS participants. Chrys Beal presents Cory Williams with Girls' All-Star Championship MVP. Grant Palmer on the move in the NYTS match in Eldorado, California. KAYLEE WROE UNITED STATES POLO ASSOCIATION

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