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Look forward to more North American Hardcourt (NAH) updates soon.
East Van Crown
Bike polo tournament
Sept. 18th -19th, 2010
East Vancouver, BC
Don’t have much to say about this one other than it has a really cool flier. It would be cool to hit this one and then go to Inter Bike in Las Vegas from the 22nd to 24th. but I don’t have that kind of time right now.
I guess this year it’s a 3 day tourny. They do only have one court. I like everything about Ottawa. The court, club, park, the city and the Dirienzo Grocery. I think Ottawa would be a perfect place to give 6 player teams a shot. They are limiting the teams to 18 or so, and that may work out fine since this is following Worlds so close. But even with just 16 teams, on one court, it takes a while to get games in. There is plenty of grass and shade but if there were more players on a team they could easily trim the team count down to 12 and keep the game length the same (to keep the games flowing) but every team would get more games. “Mario-land” make for easy player switches and more than 3 on a team but still a max of 3 on court would keep the intensity up and add excitement of who is facing up to who. Just a thought.
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.
Follow the link to see a photo of two New York City players
Polo not just for the horsey set any longer
By Post City Staff
July 8th, 2010
ORIGINALLY AN after-hours indulgence for bike messengers looking to log some social time on their seatposts, bike polo is going mainstream and is fast becoming one of the coolest new sports in the city.
This is just from a promo copy of a 256 page “ground breaking journalistic comic book built from over 30 hours of exclusive footage”
These guys had a short film in the NYC Bicycle Film Festival this year and a booth at the street party. What I took from it was that for a year or so before the thief who was stock piling over 3000 stolen bicycles in Toronto was caught, these guys thought Igor Kenk would be a great subject for a documentary. After he was arrested they used the footage to make a graphic portrait. We all read about what happened to this guy after he was exposed. This it the story leading up to that.
More info: Kenk.ca
Bike polo virus spreads to U of C
by: Colin Minor
April 08, 2010
Cyclists at the university be wary, a noxious infection is spreading through the bicycle community. The virus is known as hard court bike polo, and has infected and made host of the Bike Root. Bike Polo has been replicating rapidly on campus since late March. The virus has been shown to transform mild mannered commuters into mallet wielding practitioners of skillful carnage on two wheels.
Bike Root Founder and Coordinator Lance Ayer is now an avid player since bringing the sport to campus as a part of the community bike shop’s “Bike Shorts Day” celebration.
“We just decided to have a match at our Bike Shorts Day party on the 20th of March and people came out in droves so we just kept doing it,” said Ayer.
The Bike Root now has a set of mallets, made of ski poles and plumbing pipe. Mallets, bikes, a ball, two nets and a surface is all that is needed for hard court bike polo.
The game is usually played with teams of three and ends when one team scores three points. Games can be played with four players and to five points when time permits, but are often timed when many people want to play.
Players cannot touch the ground the whole game, doing so is a penalty known as “dabbing” and requires the player to hustle to half court and audibly “tap out” on whatever available before they can reenter play. Players use the mallet extensively to “tripod” for balance, especially when defending the goal area.
Bike polo is quite quick and sometimes referred to as bicycle hockey. A team must make at least one pass in the other team’s end before shooting. Goals must be shot with the small end of the mallet; shooting with the wide end of the mallet is a “shuffle” and does not count. Only “like” contact — body on body, mallet on mallet or bike on bike — is allowed. Collisions and crashes do occur, but the sport is safe overall. Bike polo etiquette is to play others as hard as they play you.
The game also has a large social aspect. A portable boom box is essential and most players learn to bring food and refreshments, making each bike polo session also an enjoyable potluck. Ayer believes it is the people who make this game so fun.
“Everyone who comes out and plays, they just want to be here to play and it’s a really positive atmosphere,” said Ayer.
Bike polo has been a sport since 1891 and was a demonstration sport at the 1908 Olympics, the original game being played on grass. The hard court variant has grown in popularity in recent years, with much thanks to bike courier communities worldwide.
Pick-up bike polo is now being played Tuesdays after 5 p.m. and Saturdays after 1 p.m. at the U of C tennis courts.
After work I played some Thursday night polo in The Pit. Really glad I did because there were plenty of good faces in town. Alexis from Ottawa was doing a brief stop in NYC on his way to Turducken 2 in RVA. Nick from Fort Lauderdale was in some games on a borrowed Nishiki. Matt Lane from Chicago stopped by for a few games. And Kev, was around for one more go around in The Pit. Kev is the person behind the internationally popular forum, The League of Bike Polo. Formerly at bikepolo.ca The League of Bike Polo now has a solid URL. Update your bookmarks/links/RSS feeds to leagueofbikepolo.com
I didn’t have my camera or my polo bike with me so I had to borrow bikes from Tommy and my 29er back from Kev to be able to play. I’m also going to borrow one of Kev’s photos from his Flickr. This is a good example of a hockey net from a court in Toronto.
Kev told me the name of this rink, it’s the Harry Gairey rink at Scadding Court in Toronto.
I’m more interested in the goal and it’s width, not so much the height because I think it’s too high. What I am interested in is testing out a wider goal. It seems that hardcourt bike polo is starting to move down the road of universal defination. While I’m not against this in general there is one thing sepcificaly I think should happen: test out different goal widths. I think that for a season or for a few tournaments, or at the very least for a few weeks of pick-up cities should try out different goal set ups. Only playing that way, new ways, will any of us see what it is like. I thought about what wider goals might be like before we tried it out. It’s been a couple weeks and I’m still learing and forming thoughts. But I know that I’d want more players to try this in different cities to have more than one way of thought when it comes to goal size. But when we start to talk about defining goal size the first thing that weights on is court size. I do think that to define one and not the other would make little sense.
After polo I went to Outlier’s store to get some new pants, then to Peel Sessions to meet one of the Hold Fast guys and pick up a prize won at Cranksgiving (I got second) then I met Kev again with some friends and ate thai food. Good times.