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Advice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya
Advice from Prof. Eduardo AmayaAdvice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya

Advice from Prof. Eduardo Amaya

Initiative in the game

July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017
Polo is a team sport and each player carries out a certain role; the fact that in certain situations this role is not carried out means that the structured nature of the game is damaged.  
 
This suggests that players should adopt a different attitude, and be responsible for the outcome of a play. It is not enough to simply "try" to do something, but, on the contrary, players must take the necessary steps to win the play. 
 
Each player works to fulfil their role as effectively as possible; this in turn affects the psychology of the teams as a whole, inspiring confidence. When there is no initiative, confidence is lost. 
 
A classic example is seeing players riding alongside opponents with no intention of riding them off or hooking their stick. Moments like these should spark the necessary initiative and thus inspire confidence and a notion of shared responsibility among teammates. Each player must focus on their task so that the team as a whole can work correctly. 
 
Many times anticipation goes without initiative, and a player merely acts as if they are about to do something. If the play is not won, distrust spreads, and the values of the game are lost. A good player boasts the gift of foresight; the best players use this tool in every play.