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Bench Minor II: Chicago

Bench Minor II
Bike Polo Tournament
June 25th – 26th, 2011
Chicago, IL

The six General Managers, in their draft pick order, are:
1 Birdie – Milwaukee, WI
2 Chris Simpson – Lexington, KY
3 Chris W. – CO,MO (and recently CHI)
4 Maija – Toronto, ON
5 Joker – Los Angeles, CA
6 Julian – Seattle, WA

Each GM will make eight selections, in turn, from the registered players to create a nine player team. GMs are allowed to trade any drafted player on their team, during the trade window. GMs cannot trade themselves.

Sheet 1: Draft Card
Sheet 2: Registered Players

The Draft registration opened January 23rd, 2011

And closes 3 pm EST, Friday February 11th
153 players registered.

Side note, Kev set up a ranking system for 25 people he selected to each rank their top 25 picks based on who they would “want to play with on a 3 person team for a regular tournament”.

The Draft date is Feb. 15th, 9 pm EST

This is only 4 days after Reg. close for the GMs to study the field and will happen live on the Google spreadsheet.

The trade window will be open for two weeks after the draft.

The first Bench Minor was in New York City and I believe Bench Minor 3 will be in Ottawa

For more info:

Bench Minor Tournament (NYC)
Bench Minor re-cap (NYC)
Also see posts with Bench Minor tag

January 23rd, 2011 The Pit

Paul and Joe (SF) were at The Pit first with shovels.
I was there for that but left to watch the Flyers vs. Blackhawks game with Zach.
Later Paul had Frank draw Chicago Bench Minor Captains draft pick order out of a hat.
I remember a few names but not the full order.
I posted a thing on
The sun was out but it was super cold today.

Previously: December 20th, 2009 The Pit

European Bench Minor

Seen in my rss reader

Sydney Bench Minor

Seen in my rss reader

COG Magazine Issue 9

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Peter was in The Pit for the first Bench Minor and some of his photos are in the new COG. Lots of NYC in this issue. I noticed Peter had a new Canon Mark IV and I was very envious but not sure if more so that he had it on a Canon pro guy loaner program, or that he just had one in his hands (even if for just a couple weeks). Anyway, all theses photos are from a camera body I wish I had an extra 5 G’s laying around for. And some of the shots may be for one of my lenses I loaned him for the afternoon. As always Peter did a top notch job documenting a polo event, I only wish it was more than three pages. Zach Blackburn, my longtime teammate but for this showdown an opponent, wrote the words that break down the format, the draft and the organization of this ground breaking bike polo event. I’ve heard Chicago is next in line to hold the 2011 Bench Minor. I cant wait.


Bench Minor re-cap

Loop Magazine issue 5

Bench Minor video from Uolmo

Kings of the Rink 2010

Kings of the Rink 2010
Bike Polo Tournament
September 10th – 12th, 2010
Grenoble, France

From what I understand this tournament will be one day of double elimination book-ended with a day of goldsprints and pick-up and a day of Bench Minor style polo. Very cool!

And I recommended you follow the link to their site. I found some very inspiring photos.

More info:

Loop Magazine issue 5

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This issue of Loop has The Grime riders on the cover but bike polo players all over the inside. Not pictured here but Riki from Japan has a full page for his Joust polo bike. Then two more full pages of Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo. The NYC Bench Minor bike polo tournament gets 5 full pages with a group shot followed by 14 rider shots all of out of towners. Lee, Sean McDonell, Hugo, Ben Hunter, Brian Dillman, John Atwell, Sam Jackson, Matt Lane, Johnny Crash, Tucker Schwinn, Pierre, Clement, Ben Schultz and Kremin.

More info: Loop Magazine

Bench Minor video from Uolmo

Bench minor tournament – Bike polo – Nyc march 2010 from Uolmo on Vimeo.

Bench Minor re-cap

I’m writing my recap of the Bench Minor 24 hours after the final game and right now I hear loud thunder and heavy rain outside my window. But the last four days were a different story, We played pick-up Thurs and Friday then round-robin and finals games on Saturday and Sunday in some of the nicest weather of the year.

There were so many firsts at this event for me. Probably the biggest was the longer games. and not ending the games at a set score. Almost every tournament goes something like this- 5 points or 10 minutes whatever come first. So if it’s 5-4 after 6 min. thats game over. Not here, the games were played to 50 min the score kept going up and up (I don’t remember any games going to 30+ points but a few teams did score in the 20′s). the games were split into Halves with a short break, changing ends and a second joust to begin the second half.
And all games were played and played on time. Plus the final game was held in plenty of good light. The schedule ran super smooth. How often does that happen?

The second thing that was a first was deeper teams. I’ve played in 3 vs 3 and 2 vs 2 tournaments but this is the first time I’ve had 10 teammates. It was still 3 vs 3 on-court but playing with different teammates from shift to shift in game after game added an element to this that was like square dancing or something. Having  a partner out on the court was short lived. And speaking of finding a dance partner, even though there were hockey inspired rules regarding fighting, there were no bench clearing fights. I didn’t think there was very much rough stuff in general.

A needed factor in big tournaments is penalties. This tournament delivered. There were real and enforceable penalties. Teams who were called had to compete a player down for one or two minutes depending. In other words, go 2 vs 3 for the length of the penalty or until scored on. This is an extremely effective way of keeping over aggressive play to a minimum. You may want to get back at the other team but you sure don’t want to take a penalty and go a player down for a minute because of it. I think this addition to the rules should be added to more tournaments.

Another rule that was a first for me in tournament play was the ball joint only to half court rule. There was not a center line painted onto the court but the tap out points were a good indicator. I think that if dragging the ball is allowed it should only be allowed in your own half of the court. This tournament was like that and kept the offensive play interesting when players had the ball in their offensive half. It’s another rule I’d like to see in more/all tournaments.

Also teams had matching jerseys and players had numbers, really good for the spectators and great for the legitimacy of the sport. I think this was also a first in terms of tournament wide use.

The goals were not cones. I like the cones but net are the future if this is to be taken seriously.

We had a ref on-court. A very good thing. But he was on a BMX bike and it looked a little bit unneeded for it to be that way. I’ve seen refs on-court before, I like the idea of a ref on-court, I’ve been a ref on-court. A bike is not needed. It’s great to try new things. So many new things were tried here and did really well. This one is something we could do without. 7 people and 6 bikes is on one side of the line and 7 people and 7 bikes is on the other side of the line when it comes to how much can fit onto the court.

Prizes? what prizes. This tournament had no prizes. The winners got to take the hand made trophy, that’s it. And no, you cant drink out of it. With so many events out there I bet all the regular sponsors are a bit tired of being asked for prizes. or maybe not. Anyway, this one was not about winning  gear, it was about playing a game. A game that is more than a game, it’s a real sport.

Thanks to Adam, Zach, Paul, Birdseyeusuk, Benny, everyone who helped, all the GM’s, all the players, and everyone who stopped to watch. I thought it was a huge success that went off without a hitch. Can’t wait till the next Bench Minor next season.


1st place Green (Alexis)
2nd place Black (Jav)
3rd place-tied Gold and Grey (Lefty Joe and Ben Hunter)

Bench Minor rulebook revised

Follow the link to what you need to know if you’re playing in the Bench Minor