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Fri 8th Apr 2011

HPA to introduce Home Grown Player Rule

The HPA has decided to introduce a "Home Grown Player Rule" which they hope will come into effect in 2012.

The rule will be the only rule concerning the composition of high goal teams, as the Stewards are in favour of removing the current OSP rule.

The Home Grown Player Rule will read as follows:
"For 22 goal tournaments, any sponsored player five goals or less must be a Home Grown Player (see Status Guidelines for Home Grown Players).
For 18 and 20 goal tournaments, any sponsored player four goals or less must be a Home Grown Player (see Status Guidelines for Home Grown Players)."

Status Guidelines for Home Grown Players:
"A Home Grown Player is a player who, irrespective of his nationality or current age, was an Associate or Junior Associate Member of the HPA for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons between the age of 12 (or the start of the season in which the player turned 12) and the age of 19 (or the end of the season in which the player turned 19). A "season" means a period between 1 April and 31 September."

It is intended that Stewards will confirm the HGP rule at their next meeting on Tuesday 19 April.

For more details and reaction see May's edition of Polo Times.

What do you think about the rule? Write to us at letters@polotimes.co.uk.

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