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On Women in the Net

November 5, 2013

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Last Tuesday, October 29th, Lancaster Polo posted a fantastic article criticizing men for allowing women players to constantly roll into goal, while at the same time the article encouraged women to stand up against this trend in polo and make the guys sit in goal for once. The goal as the woman’s position on the court is an epidemic that needs to find its way out of the hardcourt mindset. It makes for more equality, acceptance and well rounded players in the sport.This article is a must read for everyone! Check out Lancaster’s article and let all of information soak into your mind grapes. Ladies: Stop Putting Yourself in Goal by Matt Kabik.

Once you’re finished with the Lancaster Polo article, you must read this great follow up article by Charlotte Fagan on the Woman on a Wheel blog. It’s great to see a woman’s point of view on the issue, so check out that article HERE.

Bike polo can use more articles from the female perspective. That being said, we would love to have a female writer join the staff or at the very least, have female writers send in articles to be published on the site. If you feel that you have a voice that needs to be heard, then get in touch with us at a.hand(at)hotmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

We aren’t the only ones either; Lancaster Polo would love to have female contributors as well. You can find more info on contributing to them HERE.

Editorial, Hot Tip

Get Out of Work Free Card

October 2, 2013

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When Florida put in their bid to host Worlds this year, one of their main selling points (outside of the gorgeous courts and beach life) was their experience in hosting cycling events. This previous experience becomes clearer and clearer as the tournament draws closer; their attention to the smallest details is characteristic of a true event organization expert. One such detail that gave me a “Why didn’t I think of that!” moment, was their Get Out of Work letter.

While Worlds is only two weeks away, it seems safe to assume that most participants have already requested off work, but just in case there are a few stragglers who are waiting to the last second to do so, this letter will help convince your boss that you deserve the time off. Even if you have work off, it would still be fun to print off the letter and use it to brag about your polo skills around the office.

All you have to do is follow this link HERE and save the document, insert your name and print it. It’s that simple!

If the 2013 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is half as organized as the preparation for the tournament, then we are in line to see the best Worlds yet!

See you in Florida!

Culture, Hot Tip, Product

Fashion Forward Female Cyclists

September 11, 2013

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I recently started a part-time job as a sales associate at Chrome Industries, and on my first day I was having a conversation with one of my female coworkers about the lack of fashionable female cycling clothes. She was complaining about how Levi’s Commuter line completely skipped over the female cyclist demographic, only making jeans and jackets for men. As a male this is something that never crossed my mind; since I never look for female cycling clothes, I’ve never noticed the lack there of. Our conversation ended with me giving her a little hope. I told her about a small company out of Toronto that is looking to give women, for the first time, cycling jeans that are fashionable and durable.

RYB Denim has a simple goal: “to design a universal womens fit jean that provides comfort and durability, style and function, and is worth the value that the wearer can appreciate and then some.” Headed by NAH’s own Chandel Bodner and Modifide Bike Polo’s Steve Sal Debus, RYB Denim plans to revolutionize the cycling fashion world in the near future. Currently they’re testing denims to find the perfect mixture for their jeans, and once they do they will be embarking on an Indiegogo crowdsourcing project to help get the line started.

Head over and LIKE the RYB Denim facebook page to stay up to date with all of their latest announcements!

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Another crowdsourcing project that should be on female cyclists radar are the Cycling Chamois Panties by Urbanist. Via Kickstarter, Urbanist has been raising money to get these fashionable and practical female cycling panties on the market. They were hoping to raise $25,000 for the project and with 15 days left, they have raised over $46,000. That is nearly double their goal! To find out more info or to donate to the cause, check out the Urbanist Kickstarter page HERE.

Hot Tip, Media

BOOM HEAD SHOT!

August 26, 2013
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Koyo is a sniper! I don’t know if anyone every got a full count of all the head shots Koyo had during the North American Bike Polo Championship but I remember Tyler from Bloomington, IN had a count of at least 6. I believe Tyler, as a dedicated goal judge, was on the receiving end of two of those shots as well.

Big ups to Arlyn for ducking that ball though; he has reflexes of an ornery alligator. Even if his reflexes did yield that kid getting nailed in the head, his bob and weave deserves some recognition.

We are going to have to start putting up signs behind the goals that say “CAUTION! YOU HAVE NOW ENTERED THE BLAST ZONE!” so that spectators know what they are in for. Because until we get nets, like hockey or baseball, we are going to see more and more head shots.

Thank you Mr. Do for this amazing GIF!

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Love It or Hate It, Ya Gotta Joust

July 15, 2013

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Per the latest NAH rule set, bike polo games still start with a joust. Some players look forward to the joust, while others dread it. If you’ve been around the sport awhile, you’ve seen some impressive shots on jousts, hilarious misses and probably some unfortunate crashes. Regardless, the joust remains the official way to start our games.

Since that’s the case, 321 wanted to solicit the opinions of a few players on how they handle the joust. We reached out to a few people who weren’t interested in responding (that included a female player who was tacit in her response after several attempts to get one). So I, Christian, will actually answer this question, too:

“What’s your strategy for success on jousts? What do you look to do with the ball if you win the joust?”

Me (Christrian Losciale) – Seattle: Go hard. If I’m halfway to the ball and it’s clear I’m not going to win it, I still want to be quick to defend. In my head, I’m looking to read my opponent and take the ball away. If it’s clear I’m going to win, then I look for my teammate. I hope he/she is in front of me so I can push the ball forward. Otherwise, I like when my teammate finds space, draws the defenders and gives me room to charge the net against the goalie.

Nick Dellwo – Minneapolis: Learn to track stand and work on those sprints. If you know you won’t reach the ball ball first, don’t give up. Focus on disrupting the other jouster’s control of the ball. Not letting the other team make a play off the joust is more important than controlling the ball yourself.

Cody Riggs – Seattle: I pretty much just try to crank as hard as I can for the first three or four pedal strokes, then look up and assess whether or not I think I’m going to get to the ball before the other guy. If I think I am, I keep going hard and check the far right where Dustin and Julian are probably going to be and will usually dish a pass straight over to them. I’ll maintain my speed moving to the left side of the court and look for a quick pass back from them. Sometimes if I win the joust uncontested I’ll gather the ball and move it myself, but the majority of the time I try to be the first one there, touch it long enough to pass it to someone in a better position to control it, and then keep moving within the play.

There you have it. Readers, what’s your jousting strategy?