This is just a reminder that for everyone in North America, that Timaru, New Zealand is a day ahead of us. Time zones are tricky, but yes, when it is January 20th at 7:00 pm PST here in Portland, it is January 21st at 4:00 pm in Timaru, New Zealand. What this boils down to is that while the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is taking place on 4th, 5th, and 6th of February, here in North America it will happen on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Unfortunately this means that it will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, so NA viewership may be a little slower. Either way, you can watch the WHBPC streamed live HERE. For any more info, hit up the WHBPC website HERE!
“Feminist on the Court” is a new monthly column giving a voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This month Jackie Mautner of Portland, OR brings us a list of helpful suggestions for allies. If you’d like to tell us your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently, sparked in part by the Tacocat music video, about cat-calling in particular, and sexism in general. Last month, on this blog, Sara penned a response which outlined why we should take call-outs seriously, and concluded with the sentiment that the polo community can do better. Similar to that article, this article is meant to provide some ways you can be a better teammate to the women/trans/femme (WTF) players in your life. It should go without saying that this is not a comprehensive list, nor do I believe that there is only one way to create a safer, more inclusive and diverse polo community. Think of these ideas as tactics that may be useful in a given situation/towards a greater goal, just as you would on the court.
A few days ago Gbot Media posted this highlight video from the 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. This short but sweet video captures the essence of the tournament so well. The crashes, the goals, the heartbreak, the victory, the party; it’s all wrapped up here in one minute and thirty six seconds. Enjoy:
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…