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Mr. Do Needs our Help!

March 13, 2013

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The man, the Legend, that is Mr. Do needs our help to make this the best year for live streaming! He has given up playing NAH tournaments this season in order to concentrate fully on giving us quality live video. He set up an IndieGoGo to help him and The Stream Team be able to afford multi-camera live streaming for the North American Championships in Minneapolis, MN, as well as the World Championships just outside Fort Lauderdale, FL. If enough money is raised, Mr.Do plans to do the same for the Northside and Midwest Qualifiers.

To find more information and to donate, check out his IndieGoGo page  HERE!

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Sporting MKE

March 8, 2013

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Do you want to feel like you’re a member of one of the best bike polo clubs in North America (if not the world)? Have you ever wanted to be a Beaver Boy or some sort of Bacon? Thanks to Milwaukee Bike Polo Club, this dream can become a reality, thanks to the introduction of their 2013 club jerseys.

For $60 you can own a jersey of your favorite Milwaukee player! Who wouldn’t want to show their support in a Capt. Jake or Prez Schultz jersey? If you don’t feel comfortable being someone other than yourself, then MKE has you covered. For the same price you can get a custom jersey with your last name at the top and the number of your choosing below.

Pre-orders are up now! All you have to do is email mkebikepolo@gmail.com for ordering information. Be sure to tell them 321Polo sent you!

Culture, Product

Polo Company List

February 5, 2013

To the top of the page, we decided to add a new COMPANIES tab which allows you to easily find links and locations of bike polo companies around the world. We have a fairly comprehensive list so far, but we would love the list to be 100% accurate. Comment on here or shoot us an email with more information on companies that we have missed!

For the full list, check out the Google Maps page HERE!

Culture, Scene Sound Off!

Locked In To Party

January 23, 2013

The Saint Louis Lock-In is the biggest bike polo party in the world. It is 24 hours of mayhem, where you are shamed for falling asleep and praised for being an innovative partier. If you have never been, then here is a nibble of the sheer joy that you are missing out on every year!

lock in dance Mid court dance party, and the players just carry on.

lock in elvis Elvis showed up to give a 5am performance.

Photo’s courtesy of Saint Louis Bike Polo.
Video courtesy of 321Polo’s newest staff member, Nick Barwick

Culture, Editorial, Hot Tip

Election Season is Upon Us

January 16, 2013

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I’m sorry to say that Tim Altnether is not running for any real presidential position. Maybe the President of Party, but there wouldn’t need to be an election for that since his 2012 Lock-In attire speaks for itself. I’m also sorry to say that the real purpose of this article is not to show off my excellent Microsoft Paint photo editing skills. The real purpose is to discuss the upcoming NAH elections. (This information is relevant to the entire polo world, not just NAH members.)

Since every club in the world does things a little differently, it is important for the poloverse to have a place to come together and discuss what has and has not worked for them. League of Bike Polo is a fantastic site, in that sense. It allows for the hashing out of problems that players experience, as well as giving them the ability to express an opinion, no matter how poor their argument may be. This ability to come together is a great first step in allowing polo to grow and maybe even give it some legitimacy in the sports world.

While discussing the problems is the first step, the remaining steps are made by the real decision makers. As we all know, at the end of the day the real decision makers are not the people posting on the forums, but they are the club and region representatives. The North American Hardcourt election season is coming up, so it’s time for people to step away from the computer and work on real change.

Right now clubs should be meeting up and discussing which members would be best suited as their representatives. In the most basic terms, this seems like an easy position to fill: the occasional email sent to a regional representative and maybe a group phone call once a year.  This leads to the assumption that any Polo Schmo with a telephone and a computer can represent a polo club, but digging past the surface you will find more important qualifications.

There are several characteristics that your club should look for when nominating /voting on a representative.  S/he should be someone that is well versed in the current rules, as well as have an awareness of rules discrepancies presented on League and elsewhere.  They should have a willingness to talk to club members when someone has an NAH matter that they need clarified or if they have something they would like brought up to the NAH board. This characteristic should go hand-in-hand with patience. Every club has that one person who seems to complain about everything that NAH is doing.

On top of these, they should be well spoken. They need to know how to clearly explain NAH changes to the club and voice concerns to the regional representatives. They would and should be the ones to bring up your club’s concerns to your regional representatives so that it can officially be looked into. The club rep is your club’s connection to the grander poloverse, so they need to put in the effort that allows your club to be heard.

In the near future, your club should be meeting again to discuss voting on representatives for your region. Although there is no word on who is running for reps in the regions at this time, it is important to think about which traits would lead to a great regional rep, instead of turning it into a popularity contest. Just like club reps, the regional reps should have an awareness of rules and rule discrepancies, an open door policy, patience, and good communication skills. Since these reps are diplomats of your entire region, you should expect more from them than club representatives.

They should be organized. It is important for them to keep track of all the concerns presented to them by club representatives and then bring them up at the NAH board meetings. As an organized leader, they should know how to keep things on track. If they see NAH slacking off, they should step up and bring the board back together to keep the discussions fresh and pertinent. They must have a strong dedication to the sport and region. They need to make sure their regional qualifier has a location each year and then make sure it is being organized to its fullest potential. They need to be at their regional qualifier helping run things and be there to help answer any questions about rules, format, etc. They should then plan to attend the North American Championships — even if they didn’t qualify — and do the same thing. The regional representatives need to be bike polo’s William Wallace or Maximus Decimus Meridius, in our fight for a brighter hardcourt future

It is time to step away from the computer and into a bar, pizza parlor or living room, and discuss with your club what is important for it in the growth of hardcourt bike polo.  Talk about what steps are necessary to reach this utopian polo future, decide which people should head the fight, and then help put them in charge because the club and regional representatives are the ones that allow every single polo voice to be heard, instead of being lost in a thread of hundreds of comments.