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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.
2010 Japanese Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Results from Riki
Yellow Stick Mania (Tommy, Yu-ki, RYO/Tokyo hardcourt Bike Polo/Tokyo)
雷神 (Raizing) (Riki, Arthur, Crow/Tokyo Hardcourt Bike Polo/Tokyo)
Black Wrist (Hajime. Fumi. Hana-Megane/Black Wrist/Tokyo)
More info: Tokyo Bike Polo
NA Hardcourt 2010 NAHBPC Rules
1 – Teams will consist of three players on the court at one time.
1.2 – Teams will be required to wear matching colors. Please bring a backup color to wear in the event that your opponent is wearing a similar color.
2 – Any common type of bike is allowed. (BMX, road, track, mountain)
2.1 – The bike must have at least one mechanism for stopping. (i.e., handbrake, fixed wheel)
2.2 – You may not add anything to the bike to help block shots (e.g., a bar under your BB, netting in the front triangle) with the exception of wheel covers.
2.3 – Mallets and bikes may not have dangerous protrusions (bolts sticking out, jagged edges, etc.) Handlebars must be capped. Bullhorn handlebars are not allowed.
2.4 – Helmets are mandatory. Pads are recommended.
General Rules of Play
3 – Start of a game:
3.1 – Each team will begin behind his/her own goal line.
3.2 – The ball will be positioned at center court.
3.3 – Play will begin with a “3 – 2 – 1 – Go” from the timekeeper.
4 – Scoring a goal and ball movement
4.1 – A goal must originate as a “shot,” defined as striking the ball with the end of the players mallet.
4.2 – Wrist shots or scoop shots are not considered a “shot,” therefore will not count as a goal. This technique may be used to pass the ball.
4.3 – A “shuffle,” defined as a ball that is struck with the broad side of the mallet, will never count as a goal unless the ball is shuffled by a player into their own net. This is an own goal. If an offensive player
shuffles the the ball into their opponents it will not count. The defending team will get possession of the ball and the offensive team will concede half-court.
4.4 – Ball-joint: Not to be confused with a scoop pass, toss or other ball handling. The ball-joint is defined as pinning the ball between an open end of the mallet head and the playing surface and then dragging
it. Ball-jointing will be allowed ONLY in the player’s defensive zone. Ball jointing in the offensive zone will result in the ball turnover and concession of half-court.
4.5 – If the ball becomes lodged on a player, bicycle or in the spokes of a wheel in such a way that it cannot be played safely, game play will be stopped. The ball will be dislodged and placed on the ground at
the point of incident. The player directly involved in the ball being lodged will get possession and play will resume.
4.6 – The ball cannot be played with the feet. Intentionally touching the ball will be counted as a foot-down or “dab” (see below) and that player will be required to tap-out.
I think this is the best spokecard I have seen all year! But, I want to see more. If you are having a tournament and don’t give the players a spokecard for the event, then that’s just crap. Anyway, this Championships is over. Visit the official site for results and such. Also if you want to laugh at how small the goals were look at this. It’s a wonder anyone won when you combine Euro non-stop goalie action with the more-narrow-than-a-bike-is-long goals. Thank god for footdowns.
2010 French Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
May 28th – 30th, 2010
Stade Saint Exupéry, Rouen, France
I got this in an email today, thanks for the heads up Simon. Even if you can’t read french and even if you won’t go to their Championship, you should at least follow the flier link to see how great his post for this tournament looks.
contact [at] guidoline [dot] com
2010 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Friday, August 13, 2010 – Sunday, August 15, 2010
info [at] whbpc2010 [dot] org
Hi everyone, Boston and Madison have bid for the 2010 North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo Championships.
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.
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Australian National Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Bike Polo Championships
November 28th – 29th, 2009
Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
More info: bikepolo.com.au/nationals
2 days, 2 courts, 18 teams
1st Place – “Meat & 2 Veg” Melbourne (Leigh, Rob and AJ)
2nd Place – “Scheisse Katze” Germany, Melbourne (Kaiser, Alex and Easy)
3rd Place – “Bush League Bushrangers” Sydney/Toronto (Lewis, Mitch and Maija)
4th Place – “Jailbreakers” Castlemaine (Paddy, Laurie and Mr Reliable)
Here is the Mandarin Swift LSP Bike Polo World Championships saddle by Brooks
I’ll post the URL if you feel like spending two hundred fifty on a saddle.
Yeah I’m not gonna link that because it’s funny that in the description Brooks misspells “World”.
Frame: Chromium Plated Steel
The Swift London Seattle Philadelphia Bike Polo Wordl Championships is a limited edition of 250 saddles, featuring mandarin orange leather top and the impressed logo of a bike polo player on top of the world.
*Cost excludes shipping
The reason I think this is funny is because Montana, who made all the decisions about the Philly installment of this trio of tournaments, misspelled “Championships” except Montana’s mess up was ON THE TROPHY! not just some website.
Too late now but if he could get Brooks England, who is really far from Philly, to make a limited edition saddle with an impressed logo matching the tournament poster art…
…why is it that his local trophy builder did not get the same art?