2018 East Coast Open
August 24, 2018
Dear 2018 East Coast Open Team Members,
Please accept this letter as a notification from the Host Tournament Committee as to the Tournament
Conditions and Format for the 2018 East Coast Open. The following Tournament Format and Conditions
explain how the tournament will be structured and managed.
Tournament Format and Conditions:
• All games will be played on the Handicap, not on the flat.
• The tournament will be played in accordance with the 2018 international rules.
• The tournament will be played in accordance with the USPA American system with one bracket of four
• For preliminary matches each team will play each team in the bracket. Following the completion of the
bracket play, each team will be ranked 1 to 4 on their win loss record. In the case of a 2-way tie who
beat who will be used to break the tie. In the case of a 3 or 4-way tie, USPA Tournament Condition VI.g
Shootout Tournament Tiebreaker with 1 player from each team will be used to break the ties and
determine ranking of the tied teams.
• For Semi Final Games the #1 Ranked Team Will Play the #4 Ranked Team and the #2 Ranked Team will
Play the #3 Ranked Team.
• The winner of each semi-final will play in the 2018 East Coast Open Final
• The Loser of each semi-final will play in the 2018 Tommy B. Glynn Memorial Cup
The Following Variances will be in effect:
During the execution of a knock-in, Penalty 5.a or 5.b, or a free hit resulting from a ball hit out of bounds, an
offensive player may not deliberately block a defensive player from marking the offensive player’s teammate
who has a play on the ball (i.e., deliberately set a pick on a defending player). When an offensive player
improperly blocks a defensive player, the Umpires shall call a foul and award an appropriate penalty. Improper
Blocking may or may not constitute Dangerous Riding, and result in a yellow or red flag under [Rule 33 (USPA
Outdoor Rules) or Section 5 (USPA International Rules)], depending on the degree of danger as determined in
the discretion of the Umpire.
New Interpretation for the “Improper Blocking” variances granted in 2018
For the purposes of this rule only, “the execution of a knock-in, Penalty 5.a or 5.b, or a free hit resulting from a
ball hit out of bounds” shall be deemed to occur from the time the Umpire calls “Play” until the time an
offensive player either hits away or runs with the ball. During that time period, improper blocking may occur
and be penalized anywhere on the field where an offensive player is deliberately blocking a defensive player
from marking the offensive player’s teammate who has a play on the ball.
Duration of Periods
The variance to International Rule 2. DURATION OF PERIODS, to play out the last 30 seconds of the final
regulation period, reads as follows:
b.) In the final regulation period, play will continue until the second horn or bell, or until a goal is scored unless
that goal ties the score in which case play will continue until the second horn or bell, or until another goal is
scored. If the play is stopped by the Umpires after the 7-minute horn or bell for any reason, the penalty,
throw-in or free hit, as the case may be, shall be executed. If the play is stopped by the Umpire’s whistle after
the 7-minute horn or bell for any reason, 5 seconds shall be allowed for execution of any penalty, free hit or
bowl in, as the case may be.
c. Should the score be tied at the end of the final regulation period, the game shall be resumed in overtime
periods with intervals between periods as provided in Rule 1, until one side obtains a goal which shall
determine the game. 5 seconds shall be allowed for execution of any penalty, free hit or bowl in, as the case
Play dates will take place between Sunday, August 26th and Sunday, September 9th. Play dates and games are
subject to change if weather does not cooperate.
If the semi final round is not played by Friday, September 5th the top two ranked teams from bracket play will
automatically move to the 2018 East Coast Open Final and the bottom two ranked teams will automatically
move to the 2018 Tommy B. Glynn Memorial Cup.
NOTE: The Host Tournament Committee will schedule all games, game times and assign fields for all
tournament games. Dates of games are subject to change at the HTC discretion for any reason.
Players having had a 5 goal or higher handicap will be called upon to third man for matches.
Instant replay will be used for ECO Semi Final and Final. Bracket games will not have Instant Replay
Each team is required to provide two fully tacked umpire horses for each game they play. Umpire horses MUST
be suitable to play 20-goal polo. The umpire(s) will not umpire on any horse that is not suitable to umpire at
the 20-goal level. If an umpire rejects a horse, the team providing that horse must replace it immediately.
to a wonderful tournament.
2018 East Coast Open
Chris Brant A
Toro Ruiz 6
Mariano Aguerre 8
Joaquin Panelo 6
Postage Stamp Farm
Annabelle Gundlach A
Brandon Phillips 4
Tomas Garcia Del Rio 7
Lerin Zubiaurre 8
Maureen Brennan 1
Peke Gonzalez 5
Matias Magrini 7
Mariano Gonzalez 7
Work To Ride
Daymar Rosser 1
Kareem Rosser 2
Gringo Colombres 7
Tommy Biddle 5
Pedro Gutierrez 5
2018 East Coast Open
Sunday, August 26th
3:00pm Postage Stamp Farm vs Iconica
Monday, August 27th
5:00pm Audi vs Work to Ride
Thursday, August 30th
2:00pm Work to Ride vs Postage Stamp Farm
4:00pm Audi vs Iconica
Sunday, September 2nd
10:00am Work to Ride vs Iconica
3:00pm Postage Stamp Farm vs Audi
Wednesday, September 5th (Semi Finals)
2:00pm #1 Ranked vs #4 Ranked
4:00pm #2 Ranked vs #3 Ranked
Sunday, September 9th
10:00am Tommy B. Glynn Memorial Cup
3:00pm 2018 East Coast Open Final