Lagos Polo Club

2019 Tournament Conditions

2019 NPA LAGOS INTL – CONDITIONS

2019 Lagos International Polo Tournament – General Conditions & Structure

General Conditions

  • All bonafide – playing (fully paid-up) members of the NPA shall be eligible toplay.

  • There shall be no discrimination of types of horses that can be used in any cup. However, no horse can be played in both cups of the same weekend.

  • Also, an NPA registered player is defined as one who shall be deemed to belong to, and be eligible to play for a club in any of the Association’s tournament, at least two weeks before the actual date of the tournaments commencement.

  • As specified in NPA constitution, a player may not play in more than two teams in this entire tournament.

  • All home/ visiting teams MUST meet minimum handicap requirement of each cup

  • All Visiting teams must include at least 2 NPA registered players.

  • This tournament will be guided by NPA rule and buy laws.

     

Handicap Limit: +15 and ABOVE Chukkas: 6 – MAJEKODUNMI CUP

  1. All players must hold an NPA/HPA handicap of 0 goals or above.

  2. Teams are restricted to not more than Two (2) overseas players (OSP).

  3. Any player of Two (2) goals or below must be either a patron or a Home Grown player (HGP).

     

Handicap Limit: +9 to +14 – OPEN CUP

  1. All players must hold an NPA/HPA handicap of -1 goals or above.

  2. Teams are restricted to not more than Two (2) overseas players (OSP).

  3. Any player of Two (2) goals or below must be either a patron or a Home Grown player (HGP).

     

Handicap Limit: +3 to +8 Chukkas: 4 – LOW CUP

  1. All players must hold a minimum NPA/HPA handicap of -1 goal or above but no higher than Six (6) goals.

  2. Any player of 1 goal or below must be either a patron or a Home Grown Player (HGP).

     

Handicap Limit: -2 to +2 Chukkas: 4 – SILVER CUP

  1. All players must hold a handicap of -2 goals or above but no higher than Two (2) goals.

  2. Any player of One (1) goal or above must be either a patron or a Home Grown Player (HGP).

     

     

2019 NPA LAGOS INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT – GENERAL TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES

  • The Tournament shall be based on HPA Rules

  • In the event that a player cannot make his game, each player must find a suitable substitute and inform the Lagos Polo Management Committee, at least 24 hours before each game.

  • Each team will provide one (1) adequate umpire pony 15 minutes before each game (in the case of Majekodunmi games 2 Umpire ponies must be provided by each team).

  • All players MUST remain in team colours, whites and boots for presentation

     

2019 NPA LAGOS INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT GENERAL STRUCTURE & CONDITIONS – SILVER CUP

  1. FIVE (5) Home teams have entered for the SILVER Cup 2019.

  2. SEVEN (6) Away teams; (3) Kano Teams, (1) Ibadan, (1) Port Harcourt, (1) Kaduna team have also entered for SILVER Cup category.

  3. The 11 Teams have been drawn into TWO leagues as determined in the draws of Friday 8th March 2019.

  4. First game of the SILVER Cup shall begin at 14:00, Wednesday, 13th March 2019.

  5. Each team will play two matches within their league.

  6. The Teams will then be placed in an order of merit according to HPA Rules.

  7. The Winner of League 1 will play the Winner of League 2 in the Finals on Sunday 17th March 2019 at 16:00.

     

2019 NPA LAGOS INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT GENERAL STRUCTURE & CONDITIONS – LAGOS LOW CUP

  1. A total of 13 Teams have entered into the Lagos LOW Cup category at the 2019 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament

  2. There are Seven (7) Home teams and Six (6) visiting teams (3) Kano Teams, (1) Ibadan Team, (2) Kaduna Teams, (2) Port Harcourt Teams.

  3. The 13 Teams have been drawn into TWO Leagues as determined in the draws of Friday 8th March 2019.
  4. First game of the LOW Cup shall begin at 14:00 Wednesday, March 20th, 2019.

  5. Each Team will play two matches across their respective leagues.

  6. The Teams will then be placed in an order of merit according to HPA Rules

  7. The Winner of League 1 will play the Winner of League 2 in the Finals on Sunday 24th March 2019 at 15:00.

     

2019 NPA LAGOS INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT GENERAL STRUCTURE & CONDITIONS – OPEN CUP

  • A total of 4 Teams have entered into the OPEN Cup category at the 2019 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament

  • There are TWO (2) Home teams in this Cup and TWO (2) visiting teams; (1) Kaduna Team, (1) Abuja Team.

  • The 4 Teams have been drawn into two leagues and each team will play TWO games across leagues as determined in the draws of Friday 8th March 2019.

  • First game of the OPEN Cup shall begin at 17:00 Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.

  • Each Team will play two matches across their respective leagues.

  • The Teams will then be placed in an order of merit according to HPA Rules

  • The Winner of League 1 will play the Winner of League 2 in the Finals on Sunday 17th March 2019 at 17:00.

     

2019 NPA LAGOS INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT GENERAL STRUCTURE & CONDITIONS – MAJEKODUNMI CUP

  • A total of 3 Teams have entered into the MAJEKODUNMI Cup category at the 2019 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament.

  • There are TWO (2) Home Teams and ONE (1) Visiting Team ONE (1) Abuja.

  • Each Team will play TWO Matches.

  • First game of the MAJEKODUNMI Cup shall be at 17:00 Wednesday, March 20st, 2019.

  • The Teams will then be placed in an order of merit according to HPA Rules.

  • The Final will played on Sunday 24th March 2019 AT 17:00.

     

EXCERPT FROM 2017 HPA RULES, PAGE 61 & 62

ORDER OF MERIT

  • Order of Merit. In order to establish an order of merit a points system for games will operate as follows: Played for a Win: Win = 2 Lose = 0

    Played for a Draw: Win = 2 Draw = 1 Lose = 0 In addition, a record of goal must be maintained as follows:

    Goals For: the sum of the goals scored by and accredited to a team.
    Goals Against: the sum of the goals scored against a team.
    Goal Difference: the sum of the ‘Goals For’ versus ‘Goals Against’ which may result in a minus total.

     

  • Penalty Shoot Out. e Tournament Committee shall normally specify in the Tournament

    Conditions that a Penalty Shootout will be held if necessary a er the league or group phase in order to decide the order of merit between teams tied on points. Where more than two teams are tied on points it is possible that one of the tied teams may have beaten the other teams tied on points, in which case that team should go through rst leaving the remaining teams to take part in the shootout should it still be necessary. Notwithstanding that, the Tournament Committee may also inform teams prior to a game that a penalty shootout will be used to decide the order of merit should they consider that it will contribute to the uncertainty of the outcome. e Tournament Committee is responsible for drawing up and promulgating the rules for the Penalty Shootout which should include the number of penalties to be taken and by whom. Players eligible to take part shall be restricted to:

    • those who were listed on the team entry form for the tournament or
    • those who played the whole of the last match or
    • the substitute of a player who is injured in the last match but only if the injured

    player’s inability to take part is supported by a Doctor’s certi cate.

     

  • League in which all the Teams have played each other. In a tournament that involves leagues in which all the teams within each league have played each other a record of the results should be drawn up as in the Examples. e order of merit is established initially

    by taking the number of points scored by each team in its league (Example A).

    • Two Teams Tied on Points.
      • (i) If two teams are tied on points, then the team that won the match between them goes above the other (Example B).
      • (ii) If the result of the match between the two tied teams was a draw, the rst placed team will be that with the best ‘goal di erence’ counting all the matches played by the two teams in their league.
      • (iii) If the teams are tied on ‘goal di erence’, the rst placed team will be the one with the most ‘goals scored’, again counting all the matches played by the two teams in their league.
    • Three Teams Tied on Points. If three teams are tied on points, recalculate the points scored counting only the matches played between the tied teams.
      • (i) If this results in two teams still being tied on points, the team that won the match between them goes above the other.
      • (ii) If three teams are still tied on points, again taking into account the scores within the tied teams, the order of merit is established from the ‘goal di erence’ credited to each team. us the team with the best ‘goal di erence’ goes rst, the second best goes second and the third goes third. If this results in two of the teams still being tied on ‘goal di erence’, the team that won the match between them goes above the other.
      • (iii) If three teams are still tied ‘goals scored’ shall determine the order of merit. If this results in two of the teams being tied on ‘goals scored’, the team that won the match between them goes above the other (Example E).
    • Four or More Teams Tied. In the event that four or more teams are tied on points, then proceed as for three teams tied (Para 11b).

     

  • Groups and Leagues in which all Teams have not played each other. In a tournament which involves groups or leagues in which all teams have not played each other, the result of all matches within the league and group will be taken. us for example with two subgroups, each of two teams playing across, the result of all four matches will be taken together (Examples C, D and F). e order of merit will be drawn up as in Para 11 but note if teams have played each other then the winner of that match will go above in a two-way tie (Example D).

     

  • Across Leagues and Groups.
    • As a rst step establish the order of merit within each league or group using the system laid down in Para 11 and 12 above. e rst team in each league and group have an automatic place in the knockout phase.
    • If it is necessary to establish an order of merit between the rst placed teams in each league and/or group to allocate the playo places in the knock out phase (Para 8) take all the matches that the teams have played in their league or group to establish the order of merit between them again using the system in Paras 11 or 12.
    • If it is necessary to achieve an order of merit between the second or third and so on placed teams in each league and or/group proceed as for the rst placed teams above. A Tournament Committee may however wish to include a special rule in the schedule if the tournament does include a group or groups as those teams in a group are at a disadvantage (there are always more teams than in a league) when an order of merit is drawn up using the system outlined above. (See Note 2 to Example J)
    • In the event that there are an unequal number of teams in each league then eliminate the bottom team and recalculate the scores. e original placings will stand ie, the team that came rst in the league before equalisation will remain rst but the points, goal di erence and goals scored credited to it a er equalisation will be used for comparison with the equivalent placed teams in the other leagues. us, if required, an overall order of merit, involving all the teams in a tournament can be drawn up. (See Examples H and J).

     

  • Teams still Tied. If teams remain tied having applied all the above methods to separate them, if a play o or penalty shoot- out has not been scheduled or there is not enough time, then the Tournament Committee shall determine the order of merit in the sequence below:
    • e best ‘goal di erence’ achieved in any one game.
    • e best ‘goals scored’ achieved in any one game.
    • e toss of a coin.

     

  • Match not Played or Completed. Every e ort should be made to reschedule a game so that it can be played or completed or produce a result by penalty shootout as outlined in Rule 2.34 but as a last resort the result of a match can be calculated as follows
    • If not played:
      • (i) Taking all the matches played in the league or group concerned, establish the ‘goal di erence’ for each team. e score is then calculated by dividing the ‘goal di erence’ of each team by the number of matches played by each team; all fractions to count as half.
      • (ii) If this produces a tie in a tournament in which matches are to be played for a win then a similar calculation will be made taking account of ‘goals scored’.
      • (iii) If two teams remain tied then Para 14 will apply.
    • If started but not completed:
      • (i) e score will be calculated by taking the score of each team at the time the match was abandoned. ese scores are then each divided by the number of chukkas completed and multiplied by the total number of chukkas due to be played in the match to give the score; all fractions to count as half.
      • (ii) If the teams were equal when the match was abandoned, each team will be awarded half a point.

     

  • Tournament Played Open and Handicap. If the tournament is played both open and on handicap:
    • Scoreboard. e scoreboard should show the ‘Open’ score with any goals awarded on handicap displayed separately below the appropriate team.
    • Last Chukka. Matches must be played for a win in both the open and handicap sections. Although there may be a win in one section at the end of the last chukka, play may have to continue in order to get a win in the other section. When the result of one section has been established, then that result will not be altered by the subsequent play that may have been required to get a match result in the other section. It is important that umpires and time-keepers are briefed on this requirement.
    • Order of Merit. A team that wins both the open and handicap section in a league must go for the open nal. When the order of merit is being calculated, all matches are counted. If two or more teams are tied on points, only matches between the tied teams are counted as in Para 11a except that a team that has won the open section of the league shall not be considered as a tied team.

     

  • If the result of a league is known before the last matches are played and the result cannot be in uenced by those matches, they may be cancelled provided the Tournament Committee, the club where the matches were due to be played and both team captains all agree.

     

PLEASE NOTE
LAGOS POLO TOURNAMENT RULES FOR PENALTY SHOOT OUT

  • THREE (3) PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM WILL TAKE TWO UNDEFENDED PENALTIES (40 YARD AND 60 YARD) EACH IN A SEQUENTIAL MANNER

  • THE FIRST SET OF PENALTIES WILL BE AT THE 40 YARD MARK

  • THE SECOND SET OF PENALTIES WILL BE AT THE 60 YARD MARK

     

IF THE TEAMS ARE STILL TIED AFTER THE TAKING OF THE ABOVE PENALTIES, SUDDEN DEATH FOLLOWS UNTIL A WINNER EMERGES

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