Pillo Polo Rules
Pillo polo, also known as floor hockey in some places, is a popular recreation and physical education game that has been around for over 40 years. The game can be played both inside and outside and has rules similar to ice hockey. There are a few differences in equipment and rules to remember when playing pillo polo.
Pillo polo is played with 31-inch pillo polo sticks made of foam. The balls used are round, 7 inches in circumference and also made of foam. At each end of the field or gym, there should be a hockey or field hockey goal used as the goals. Most play with a field length of about 30 to 40 yards.
Pillo polo is played with rules very much like ice hockey. Each team has six players including a goalie. The goalie is the only player allowed to touch the ball with his hands or feet, and goalies are allowed to throw or roll the ball down the field. Everyone else must only use their sticks to move the ball. Players can only swing at the ball on the ground; for safety reasons it is not allowed to swing at the ball if it is in the air. The object is to score more goals than your opponents in the specified game time; each goal is worth one point. Most games are played with two halves consisting of 15 to 30 minutes each. Play is continuous until a goal is scored, and then the other team takes possession at mid-field.
Fouls or penalties can be assessed for kicking, tripping, pushing or "high sticking," which means playing with the stick high or off the ground. Players cannot use their sticks to hit an opponent or throw their sticks, both of which are penalties. Players who are assessed penalties must sit out of the game for two minutes. If a foul occurs in the goalie box, the player who was fouled gets a penalty shot, which is a one-on-one shot against the goal, just like in hockey.
Don't wear any jewelry or watches while playing pillo polo.
Based in Harker Heights, Texas, Timothy Onkst has been writing about sports, fitness and health since 2003. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including "Texas Roundball" magazine, Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports and other websites.