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!
In case you forgot, yesterday was April Fool’s day. If you thought that a company called Heckler’s Alley wasn’t going to try to heckle the world with an April Fool’s joke, then you are taking bike polo too seriously. Fixcraft owner Sean Ingram had this to say about the prank, “Fixcraft is not amused…” Despite it all, you can read the official April Fool’s prank press release here:
We are sad to announce that Heckler’s Alley is going out of business. Those dumb-dumbs thought they could make a living off of bike polo, and like many before them, they failed. You can read the official press release below: