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Previously: Boston Bike Polo Presents: Winter Lockdown

Last four games of ESPI 5

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A variety of bike polo shirts seen at ESPI 5
ESPI5 After day one and list of teams
ESPI5 Rules (Final Cut)
ESPI5 Boards supplies
East Side Polo Invite V

10 Minutes Vs. 5 Points


In bike polo there are two general forms of play, pick-up and tournament games. In pick-up the teams and the players on the teams change at the end of every game, the people waiting to play get a turn and some of those who just played wait to play again. The games are not exceptionally important, everyone waiting to play will get more games in, there are no prizes, there is no scoreboard (other than calling out the score). And there is no set allotted time, at least not if the game ends before the crowd gets too impatient. In pick-up, games are played first to 5 points wins.

In bike polo tournaments the games are played first to 5 points wins. I think this has carried over from the majority of games being played as pick-up and never really making the move to a more legitimate time structure. But if one were to think about this in relation to nearly all other sports, our method seems out of the ordinary. Lets take polo for example. In polo the matches are played in chukkas and the score has no impact on the length of the game. Same goes for traditional grass bike polo, soccer, hockey, basketball, football and the list goes on. Even in roller derby, a sport that hardcourt bike polo has a lot to learn from, they compete for two 30 min periods.

The other day Adam put forth the format he purposed to be used at this years East Side Polo Invite 5 in NYC. A noteworthy change is that all games will end at time (that will vary depending on the round) and the widely accepted “first-to-five wins” rule is being abandoned. I think this is a good thing. It’s an absolutely necessary change that will, eventually, have to come into effect.

I’m going to end this short but there are many points to make. And I hope Adam does not mind that I post this quote from a club email.

“first-to-five is going the way of the circle-out. you heard it here first.” Adam Menace

Movie poster vs. Bike polo flier

I watched this movie on DVD and thought I might have seen it before based on the cover. No, I had just seen a bike polo tournament flier that looks just like it. Objectified is about designers of things like chairs, Apple computers and pruning sheers. Most of the people who appear in the movie speak with English accents and I feel asleep before the end.

Previously: Paris BFF Bike Polo Tournament

England v. Ireland 1901

Ireland Beat England 10-5.
The teams were : Ireland : Oswald Sealy, Page Dickenson, H. Oswald and F. E. Bland, all of the Rathclaren Rovers club. England : Spencer Downing (Northampton), Capt. J. Appleby (M.C. & A.C.), J. W. Dalby (Northampton), and F. Timms (Melton Mowbray B.P.C.)

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Hi everyone, Boston and Madison have bid for the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo Championships.

http://bikepolo.ca/bid/nahbpc2010/boston or http://leagueofbikepolo.com/bid/nahbpc2010/boston

http://bikepolo.ca/bid/nahbpc2010/madison or http://leagueofbikepolo.com/bid/nahbpc2010/madison

For the time being I, along with Paul(NYC) Meg (DC) and Ian (RVA) are the four Eastside region (NYC, VA, NJ, DC, PA) organizing body members. Any thoughts/suggestions should be expressed soon. Get involved.

Edit: I have made my vote.

Update: From Ben Schultz

We are pleased to announce that the host-city for the 2010 North American Hardcourt Championships will be Madison, WI. Congratulations MAD!

If you read these bids in their entirety, you know that this was a tough choice between two phenomenal bids. So congratulations goes to both Madison and Boston for presenting bids that were engaging and which demonstrate a desire to raise the bar – set by Seattle this year – even higher.

Finally, congratulations to everyone – so many people helped make this first bid process a productive and relatively smooth one by getting involved, asking great questions, staying on point, contacting representatives in their region – this was a great first step.

Thanks everyone!

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Chicago vs. Milwaukee at the MWBPC in COMO

Mechanix work gloves vs. Brine lacrosse gloves

First is the Mechanix Original Glove. They say it’s all purpose and I’d agree. The thing I like most about this glove is how it fits my hand. It fits. I have large hands and the fact is most gloves do not fit my hands. With most gloves, when I curl my fingers the part of the glove that should be over my knuckles is down around where a ring would be if I wore rings. And then when I open my hand a spread my fingers out I can feel how much the glove restricts my hand and movement of my fingers. But with the Mechanix Original Glove in size XL none of that happens so this is a glove that I have sought out over the years. Most of the time I buy more than one pair at a time so I know I’ll always have a pair.
For bike polo I like them because they are light and protect well from the small cuts and scrapes hands will get in a game. I have to mention the palm, it’s one of the things I like most about this glove. The palm, from all five finger tips, side to side, and down to the wrist is one piece of Clarino Synthetic Leather. There are no seams or even stitching between my skin and mallet. Just a simple layer of synthetic leather that has never made me feel there was too much or not enough grip. Also the price on this glove is in the right range for my budget $20 -$25 depending what store I find them. And yes they are imported.
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Next I want to show a glove my teammate Paul just picked up. I think I might get some for myself because I’m looking for more protection out of my gloves. Right now I’m just getting past a serious hand injury that happened the last time I was in Madison, WI. I was playing without my regular gloves and it would not have mattered if I were because what happened is I bent all my fingers backwards much farther than they wanted to go. Because of that I’ve been off the court for the most part but I just can’t not play at all. I’ve played a few game here and there but with my hand hurting I see the need for more support from a glove along with more protection.

Last week Paul showed me his re-up on lacrosse gloves, the Brine MP Instigator Glove. His are sized at 13″ and fit my hand pretty well. I didn’t know this but the gloves are measured from finger tip to wrist guard, and most glove are offered in 10″, 12″ or 13″. I tried them out for a minute and I think I’m gonna spend the $40+ dollars to order a pair from lacrosse.com. As for this particular glove the MP stands for Mikey Powell and they are only available on lacrosse.com but if you look around you’ll see that there are many lacrosse gloves to chose from. And yes these are imported too.

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