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Advice from Professor Eduardo Amaya
Advice from Professor Eduardo AmayaAdvice from Professor Eduardo Amaya

Advice from Professor Eduardo Amaya

On the game: basic tips

March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017
1) Before hitting the ball, either forward or backward, look up so you know where you are aiming.
2) Trusting your teammates aids anticipation.
3) It is important to anticipate where a teammate or opponent will be hitting the ball in order to arrive first and score, or create a new play.
4) When you anticipate and you achieve your intended action, it means you are playing well.
5) When a player is hesitating or trying to fool you, look at his hands - they guide the horse and will show you in which direction to go, otherwise you will always be too late.
6) When you focus on a player, try to be a few centimetres ahead of him so you can win the play.
7) Make sure you play at angles, always looking for a new line and never wandering in circles around the field, or you will never have the line.
8) Being tense during the match is of no use whatsoever. The only thing that should be tense are your adductors.
9) Dragging a mark is good, but being marked and dragged out of a play is bad.
10) In every throw-in, watch the way the referee throws the ball. This will help you anticipate the play. Not all referees throw the ball the same way. 
11) Remember: man first, ball second. It is important to control your area.
12) When attacking, always take the ball down the centre of the field. When defending, always take the ball out towards the sides.
13) Make a decision and move towards a play; do not doubt yourself.
14) Do away with your rage against an opponent by scoring goals.
15) Talking on the field makes less time for thinking about the game.
16) The best players show great adaptability in the face of abrupt changes in the play.
17) If you want someone to improve, encourage them. Never discourage your teammates.
18) Penalty shots are mental barriers. In order to vanquish them you must silence the ghosts and act with conviction.
19) There are players who distract you with the ball (there is magic in the way they act), and then, when you fix your eye on the ball, they pass it on to another player who is in the exact right place. This is “;;polo magic.”
20) There is no such thing in polo as a play that has not yet occurred. So, how do you learn? Improving the good plays and forgetting bad ones.
21) Only a bad sportsman deliberately hits the ball off the field to kill time.
22) Only ask your teammate to pass the ball if you are sure you can hit it, otherwise you will both lose possession.
23) A well hit and well placed backhander is the type of strike that causes the most devastating effect on your opponents.
24) As a match develops, a good player knows exactly where each opponent and each teammate is positioned on the field.