Sometimes you find a venue that just seems too good to be true. You find a place that is big enough to host not only one of the largest polo tournaments of the year, but also host roller derby matches with your newly found partnership with the Bay Area Derby Girls. Based on conversations with the property manager, you are under the impression that they are willing to work within your VERY VERY tight budget and everyone seems to be on the same page. Then, after a few months of asking, you finally receive a quote and disaster strikes. Continue Reading…
We are lucky to have so many clever, funny, stand-up-comedian types in our sport. I mean that sincerely. We have some of the funniest folks around, and it makes going to a polo tourney just as fun as playing in one. This is particularly important for me, as I often spend my Sundays at a tourney playing two games and then settling into a nice slice of court side space to watch a series of games.
But there’s a problem with all of that cutthroat cleverness: a certain level of cynicism about people trying to do new things, or at the very least trying new things that you don’t agree with as an individual.
Now I’m all for making sure we don’t let folks go off and try to reinvent the sport, to a point. I like that we have a lot of tradition wrapped up in a sport that isn’t even old enough to really have traditions–but I also like the idea that someone can come up with a new way of playing (or a new style of play), and it has a shot at really making the sport better.
What I don’t like is just how willing we are, as a culture, to poo-poo anyone or anything that doesn’t fit into our worldview of the sport. I’m talking about people who just refuse to even humor an idea or experiment, not people who put new ideas through the wringer and decide, better or worse, that it’s a bad idea.
I’ll give you a few for examples: 1. The 5 man bench format for tourneys. 2. The “pro-polo” shindig that Fixcraft has put together 3. ANY new sort of equipment for the sport.
In all three of these, there is a certain amount of hesitancy by folks who have been in bike polo since forever. They’re frustrated that there is change, that people are trying to even put pro anywhere close to our sport, or that folks are coming up with weird and wacky designs to things that in the past were just re-appropriated from other sports/stolen from gas companies.
And I get that, I really do. I love homeostasis. It’s the reason I don’t take dishes to the sink at home because man, I’m just really used to that plate sitting there on the table. The color it’s turning compliments the walls, I think.
I’ve written about this resistance and this caustic cynicism before, but it bears repeating: if all we have to lose is nothing, why put up resistance when it’s not necessary? Why not explore the boundaries and figure out where the cliffs are? Instead of coming up with a clever (and often very funny) retort that disenfranchises players and innovators, why not try to lift up these folks. What is there to lose?
On Super Bowl weekend, Fixcraft will be working on another game changer, this time quite literally. And you are personally invited to be a part of it.
Quite often I get emails from people asking me if I can help them promote their hardcourt bike polo tournament or share some photos/videos from a bike polo tournament that they recently hosted. I always help out in these situations because I love being able to show off how the sport is developing around the world. Recently I’ve been trying to think of ways for me to help showcase these tournaments even more and I came up with the idea of sharing my Instagram with tournaments hosts/attendees.
This is how it will work: Hosts of bike polo tournament will contact us via email or Facebook, we will add their tournament to our calendar on a first come first serve basis (i.e. one Instagram take over per weekend), and on the Friday before the tournament starts, the host/attendee will receive our Instagram log-in and password so that it can be theirs for the weekend.
Simple as that and we can all more easily enjoy hardcourt bike polo tournaments from all over the world!