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Pato the Sport of Argentina

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Andrew Meservey

on 25 April 2014

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Youtube Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgEt8RF_HjU‎
Information: http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pato
Argentine Federation of Pato and Horseball: http://www.pato.org.ar/es/


The Game of Pato
Rules of the Dangerous Sport and Make Up Of The Teams
The Organization That Manages the Sport
There are 2 teams of 4 people on horseback. In the beginning of the game a player from each team must tug on the ball. The ball is made-up of a volleyball like ball with six wooden or leather handles. Whoever gets the ball starts the game and the players on that are on the same team pass the ball back and fourth. When someone is riding they must hold it out for the other team to try and take.
If a player tries to take it they must sit-up on their horse and hold one hand on the reins. Once a player has the ball on the right side of the field they toss the ball in a closed net so that the ball doesn't fall out. The horses are switched out regularly to reduce injury to the horses.
The organization that runs the sport is called the Argentine Federation of Pato and Horseball. The Federation finds places for them to play and makes changes to the rules if needed.
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Origin Of The Sport
Origin Of This Fine Sport
The Crowd
The sport started out as a get together of Gauchos also known as cowboys. They would meet at a ranch and try to score a point throwing a duck into a net. The duck was in a basket and the team members would pick it up and try to score. There were two teams consisting of 4 players. Each player had his own horse. There are records dating back to the early 1600's. The sport was popularized in England.
Since Pato is the national sport of Argentina it is very popular. Pato is just as popular as soccer. They usually have a pretty well rounded fan base and events. There are usually big stadiums or stands for the crowd to sit in.
Pato the Sport of Argentina
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