This news piece out of Wisconsin does a good job with the 2 min. they give the event. I like Rory and his presence is good. The game play clips are good too, maybe focusing on the “oooh danger” aspect of the sport but what else is someone who does not play gonna focus on?
For bike polo players, the North American Hardcourt Championships are
the zenith of the sport in the U.S. The national championships were
held in Madison last weekend. WISC-TV photojournalist Brian Mesmer
gives a look into the world of bike polo.
Well for starters I’d ask that they, as journalist, focus on the name of the event. Nowhere I found in any of the official info released about this event used the word “national”. Because this was open to all of North America. Despite that, whoever posts WISC-TV YouTube videos still used “National” in the video title, in the video description and in the video tags.
They almost get it right in the description, but the anchor identifies is correctly and of course Eric from Trek gets it right. I guess the person who posts to YouTube just didn’t get the memo.
North American Hardcourt, a body of bike polo representatives, held a meeting in Madison the morning after the NAHBPC.
Members in attendance:
Justin Gullickson (Cascadia), Doug Dalrymple (Eastside), Brian Whitmore (Northside), Jonny Hunter (Midwest), Alex “Joker” Dash (Southwest), Ben Schultz (Midwest), Mike Tretter (Southwest), Meg Lee (via-telephone, Cascadia), Ian Dunwiddie (Eastside), Angelo Salazar (Northside), Kevin Walsh (Northside). Also in attendance: Alexis Mills (Ottawa club rep), Britt Willey, Robbie Eccles. Thanks to Just Coffee and Heather of Underground Food Collective.
With just this last image, click to see large.
The organizers of the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships have extended the registration deadline to today, Sunday, High Noon. I’m guessing that’s Central time.
And you can pre-order a $10 bag of %100 fair trade coffee beans from Just Coffee. I think it’s a special blend but even if it’s not you should still support those that support bike polo.
Madison gearing up to host the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 07/06/2010 1:00 pm
Sports both novel and long-established regularly rise and fall in popularity, moving in and out of public consciousness. The emerging sport of bicycle polo, particularly the nascent hardcourt version, is one that is just starting to draw attention beyond its pioneering players. It is set to get a local boost when the Madison Bike Polo club hosts the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships over the weekend of July 16-18.
Bike polo has been played on a dedicated basis in Madison over half a decade, led in large part by the brothers Jonny and Ben Hunter. Renowned locally for their culinary talents and work with the Underground Food Collective, they are also known across the nation as boosters for the sport, which is blossoming among bicycle messenger and mechanic circles in cities across Europe and North America.
“Bike polo is one of only a handful of sports to have developed on a global scale during the age of the internet,” writes Kevin Walsh. Now based in Toronto, he was one of the original polo players in Madison along with the Hunter brothers, and maintains The League of Bike Polo, a global clearinghouse for the growing ranks of clubs.
“Its growth has been horizontal and organic, and for good reason people have been skeptical of various aspects of formalization, standardization, or top-down structures,” he continues. “But its rapid growth has given rise to the need for something to hold it together and ensure that its growing pains aren’t much more painful than the road rash worn by most of its players.”
Madison was selected last November to host the championships via a bidding process organized by a North American organizing committee, consisting of city and regional reps selected by clubs and tasked with codifying the sport. “Boston put in a good bid, but they had hosted a major tournament the year before,” says Hunter. “Madison has a reputation for hosting good tournaments.” These include Midwest championships in May 2008 and a New Year’s competition in January 2009.
One major goal of this particular tournament is to provide a greater level of organization for the sport at one of its highest levels with the intention of aiding its growth.
This story about my MKE friends has been all over the web. I heard my friend Bike Snob even wrote about it. Anyway for some reason it reminds me of that movie The Legend of Billie Jean. Last night I listened to about 15 min of some 30+ min radio talk show that took callers to give thoughts on the matter, but as I said, I only listened to the first few min of it because I could only take so much of the hosts bull shit. Not being capable of making a statement of his own thoughts he just added doubt to the statements his callers would give, if they were for or against the arrests. For me, I hope MKE can keep playing in the winter months in a place that they like.
One more thing, Kremin, I tried calling you tonight (and last week) turn your phone on, geez.
Bike polo players arrested, ticketed
By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 11, 2010
The parking structure in O’Donnell Park was a safe haven from the elements, but not the law, for 11 bike polo players who were arrested and ticketed for trespassing on the county-owned property Sunday night.
Jacob Newborn, one of the leaders in the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club, reported that Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies broke up a game about 6 p.m., then took the participants and players to jail for ticketing and processing. They were released early Monday.
According to Newborn, bike polo players have used the O’Donnell Park garage as a winter venue for five or six years, with a few warnings from county parks workers but no official enforcement action.
“We would just go back after a while,” he said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Aisha Barkow confirmed the enforcement action and said the players had been warned twice previously that they were trespassing and causing damage to the parking structure near the Milwaukee lakefront. County parks representatives offered two alternate locations for their bike polo matches, she said.
On Sunday night, a sheriff’s unit assigned to parks patrol found the players back in O’Donnell Park and arrested them.
“This should not have been a surprise,” Barkow said.
Tickets with forfeitures of $263.50 were issued to those arrested.
Newborn said the arrests would add motivation to the group’s efforts to locate a private indoor play area, while they work on a legal strategy.
“We have to sit down and discuss as a club how we want to approach it in court,” Newborn said. “It will be interesting to see what the judge says when he has 11 trespassing cases in a row.”