Despite what you may have seen in the recent Mr. Do video, women actually do play polo. If that’s a shocking statement to you, feel free to skip to the end of this article and never come out to pick up again. As far as I am aware, bruises don’t have a gender preference and neither does bike polo. Hell, there is no discrimination to injuries, you can even bestow them upon your own teammates, but I digress.
In case you have forgotten dear readers, Hardcourt Bicycle Polo is a co-ed sport and this should not be excluded from videos explicitly made to get sponsorship. I mean shouldn’t we glorifying the fact that our sport is co-ed and have women playing at a competitive level with our male counterparts? Or do women in this sport have to keep fighting to be taken seriously? In the inglorious words of Machine “FahKin Ell”. If this video is being used to get sponsors for our sport, we should make a conscience effort to not only show the cool shit, but also show how diverse of a community we are; this is what a lot of companies are looking for when it comes to sponsorship. Let’s be real, if they wanted to just see tricks they would watch Road Bike Party or Danny McAskill’s Imaginate.
Now some of may point out that if you look hard enough you can see women playing polo in the video (examples can be seen at 0:36, 0:55 , 1:09, 1:35, 2:09). Here’s the thing, you really gotta look for those ladies and on top of that, some of the shots are so quick that it’s unfair to call them a shot of a woman. I get that in general women make up a small population of the players in bike polo (there were, I believe, only five female slayers playing in the 2013 NAHBPC), but that does not warrant a lack of representation.
What would be hella awesome is some video footage of the Co-Ed before last years Ladies Army because, hot damn, those were some amazing games. The Wildcard and Worlds this year had many a great co-ed teams as well, and I would love to see some of the footage from those games as well. Cough Cough Ahem
Don’t get me wrong, we here at 321polo.net know very well how much time must have gone into this video, and hopefully in the future a bit more thought can as well (sorry Mr. Do). I have spent many a time pretending I’m working when really just watching Mr. Do videos or live streaming tournaments and we all appreciate the work the stream team does. I think a video to send to potential sponsors is great (and we thank you for doing it), but can we get some for reals representation of our sport?
Editor’s Note: This morning the NAH released this statement regrading the video:
Regarding the NAH promo video: This is a stellar video with a glaring and regrettable omission. It is not an accurate visual representation of what constitutes the polo community. This was in no way intentional, but that’s beside the point. We have a responsibility to represent the community in its entirety.
For this error, we offer a sincere apology.
We’ve read every thread and blog post on this issue. It’s encouraging to read posts from people in our community that, even as they level a justified and necessary critique, remain even-handed and optimistic. They assume that inclusiveness remains a given; that this issue was the exception, not the rule. They expect a collective rebound and to emerge stronger for it.
That being the case, thanks to all who worked on the video and thanks to all who have spoken up. Collectively, we’ve resolved this issue and can now expect to see a video revision soon.