It’s been 7 months to the day since the first Professional Hardcourt Bike Polo championship concluded in Wichita, Kansas and it’s been just over 2 months since the first game was put online for all of our viewing pleasure. As each following Monday approached, we all eagerly awaited a fresh match to watch. We knew who won (thanks to Podium and Instagram) but we wanted to see how the Guardians beat out the competition to take the title and the cash. And be honest, I know a lot of people were looking to see the Beavers too. And as each video emerged we were not disappointed!
While the hardcourt bike polo community as a whole came together to share the excitement for bike polo developing into something that we thought was only possible in dreams, I couldn’t help but wonder if we would be the only ones excited on Professional Hardcourt Bike Polo. Are we the only ones that care about this sport? Can other sports fan dig this silly sport as much as us? Could this really be something televised and enjoyed by millions around the world?
Post by Crusher–direct your hatred there.
Professional Hardcourt Bike Polo (or PHBP for short) is, to put it in the clearest terms possible, fantastic. It shows the athleticism possible in bike polo with some of the greatest players in the world. It’s shot in such a fantastic, engaging way, and it’s aimed at bike polo players and—AND—possible fans alike. No doubt there are hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, and dozens of people involved in the concept, production, and completion of the videos so many of us are watching and drooling over.
If, two years ago, you told me about something like PHBP, I’d laugh at you & then at me & then go back to typing away about how to best cup a ball in a mallet. It’d be a joke—but Sean over at Fixcraft was already scheming and dreaming of it, and he accomplished it. Let’s not mince words: Sean saw what he wanted to do and made it happen, as he so often does. It was an enormous risk and if popular opinion and some whispers of larger cable TV involvement are to be trusted, it very well may pay off.
And even knowing all of this, I can’t be brought to care.
I watched the first video and maybe 3/4ths of the second, and then kinda stopped caring. Continue Reading…
There are plenty of reasons to love Ladies Army. It could be the very nature of celebrating the women that make up bike polo, or the patriarchy shattering sweat that each competitor pours out like so much PBR—but for me, there is a particular enjoyment in the team names.
It’s been a huge week for news from the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association. First, on Monday they gave us a preview of the proposed 2015 NAH Tournament ruleset. Second, on Tuesday they announced that the regional reps approved the proposed ruleset, including the new Crease and Obstruction rules. And if that isn’t enough for one week, after some minor editing, they released the OFFICIAL 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo ruleset. On top of that, they also released an updated Appendix A with tournament and game formatting information. They also released the brand new Appendix C that features Squad format specific rules.
We thank the NAH (mostly John and Joe, I assume) for their countless hours of work. Those two are doing so much for this sport and it’s hard to show the gratitude I feel for all of their efforts. Thank you both!
Here it is, in all it’s glory. The proposed ruleset for the 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association’s qualifying season (find it HERE). In this new version, 4.5 to be exact, you will find instructions on how to draw a crease, as well as, the rules that go along with the new crease. On top of that, you will find the official wording for the new Obstruction (off ball screening) rule. Don’t forget to also watch the GIFs released by the NAH to help fully understand what is and isn’t legal under the new Obstruction rule.
I know I’m just one person, but I’m really excited for the introduction of these two new rules. I think they make for a cleaner, more exciting game, that leads to true skill being favored over brute force and unskillful play. The NAH truly knows what they are doing, and they only want what is best for the qualifying tournaments, so learn it and adapt!