2018 USPA Rules

RULE 22- HOW PLAY IS RESUMED

a. If a member of the defending team is off the field when the Umpire calls “Play” and the ball is hit or hit at, he may enter the field behind the hitter but may not make a play until he passes a player of his own team who was properly positioned when the ball was hit or hit at.  A violation of this procedure will result in a penalty against the defending team.  If all four players on the defending team are off the field when the Umpire calls “Play” and the ball is hit or hit at, they may each enter the field behind the hitter but no player on that team may make a play until play is interrupted and resumed.  If any such player makes a play, a Penalty 2 shall be awarded to the other team.

Rule 22 b 2 Deleted- Players may now tee up Penalty 5’s.

Rule 22 e
(2) After the ball is hit across the side boards or side line and no foul is awarded (see Rule 12.b):
i.) If the ball is hit across the side boards or side line either directly or off the hitter’s horse or a teammate or teammate’s horse, or after glancing off the side boards, a free hit will be awarded to the team that did not hit the ball out.
ii.) If the ball is hit across the side boards or side line after glancing off a member of the opposing team or his horse, a free hit will be awarded to the team that last hit the ball.
iii.) If the ball goes out of play between the two 60-yard lines, the free hit will be taken from where the ball went out of play.
iv.) If the ball goes out of play on or inside the 60-yard line and the free hit is awarded to the defending team, the free hit will be taken where the ball went out of play.
v.) If the ball goes out of play on or inside the 60-yard line and the free hit is awarded to the attacking team, the free hit will be taken from the 60-yard line.
iv.) In each of the situations described in (i) through (iv) above, the Umpire shall count 8 seconds and drop a ball 5 yards inside the side boards or side line, and a member of the team awarded possession shall have 5 seconds to play the ball, either by tapping or hitting away. The same is true in the situation described in (v) above, except that a member of the team awarded possession must play the ball by hitting to goal or to a teammate, but not by tapping. In all of the above situations, the same procedures concerning player positioning and delays shall apply as those that apply to a Penalty 5.a.