Polo Players Edition

FEB2019

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 event was hosted at the beautiful new Aiken Youth Polo Arena at New Bridge Polo Club, home to the Aiken I/I teams. When looking at hosting a tournament, you would expect basic expenses, such as arena rental, horse rentals, umpires, trophies, event staff and EMT. Because it was on its home turf, there was no charge for the USC- Aiken team to use the arena and the alumni players were responsible for mounting themselves. Event staff included team members working the game, score keeping, dragging the arena and making sure the games went off smoothly. To cover the cost of trophies and umpiring, the USC-Aiken team took the event to the next level and sanctioned it with the USPA under the new Circuit Level I/I Alumni tournament designation. Since it was a recognized USPA circuit-level event, it qualified for free trophies provided by the USPA. Additionally, the Umpires, LLC. provided a professional umpire to umpire the tournament. The only looming immediate cost to the team was providing an on-site EMT. Three teams of alumni players registered to play and a Saturday round- robin was planned. Alumni players were charged a per-player entry fee for the tournament, and the host tournament committee made up evenly matched teams. Additional sources of income came from selling USC-Aiken Polo team branded merchandise, as well as concessions for the players and spectators in attendance. The USC-Aiken team mastered keeping its expenses low and maximizing income streams in its planning. Not only did it utilize all the USPA support available to it, it also scheduled the game on a weekend when the Aiken interscholastic team was also hosting the Garrison Forest team for a regular season qualifier match. With several I/I games in the weekend, it expanded the spectator base for both events, promoted arena polo in the Aiken area and was an opportunity for the USC-Aiken intercollegiate team to recruit potential players from the visiting interscholastic team. To cap off the event, the Aiken Youth Polo organization hosted a barbeque for all interscholastic, intercollegiate and alumni players and fans, where the majority of the team merchandise was sold. By the close of the weekend, the team had sold out of its wares, and made a favorable profit on the event. With the first year under its belt, planning has already begun taking place for the 2nd annual USPA Southeastern Circuit I/I Alumni tournament to benefit the USC-Aiken team. The team was debriefed and a bigger, better event will be coming your way in 2019. For I/I teams interested in applying for fundraising funds, applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis throughout the year. Teams must submit their applications at least four weeks prior to the event to be considered. For full application guidelines, visit the I/I pages on uspolo.org or contact Ali Davidge at adavidge@uspolo.org to help start planning your event today! If your club is interested in hosting a USPA Circuit Level I/I Alumni event, please contact Lindsey Ebersbach at lebershbach@uspolo.org. POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 25 Savanah McFarland digs the ball out under pressure from Pam Gleason. Scott Brown is all smiles.

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