It’s a huge week for hardcourt bike polo! In Zaragoza, Spain you can catch the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, and in Lexington, Kentucky, you’ll find the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Both events have a Wild Card tournament that precides the main events, so all in all there are you’ll have four complete days of bike polo to follow on Podium Bike Polo. To make it easy for you, here are the links to the tournaments:
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?
**This content originally appeared on the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association website.**
The format for the NAHBPC 2015 is going to change slightly from the past few years.
The main thinking behind this is to condense the amount of time anyone needs to be playing, meaning shorter periods of time between games, and being able to relax for 2/3 of the day. This will also make it easier to find refs and other volunteers, as only 1/3 of players will be playing at any time.
The reign of Call Me Daddy (Will, Polo PAR, Luca CBG) has come to an end! Well at least when it comes to the French Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships. The Birds (Alex PAR, Morgain LYN, Dodi MUC) went 6-0-0 on the first day of Swiss rounds, beat Call Me Daddy in the Winner’s Bracket Final, ended up losing to Call Me Daddy in the first Tournament Final, and then the Birds defeated the world champs in the second Tournament Final to become the 2015 French Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.
We have almost made our way through the 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association qualifier. There are only 3 left and this weekend we will be crossing off 2 more: Northside and Mexico. The Northside Qualifer is going down in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and the top three teams will find themselves heading to the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. The Mexico Regional Qualifier will be happening in Guadalajara, Mexico and there we will also see the top three teams head to Lexington, Kentucky this September. Click on the name of tournament to follow along live, thanks to Podium.