Shameless plug for Portland’s second annual Rose City Royal Rumble. This two day single player tournament will again be held at Portland Bike Polo’s home court in Alberta Park. There is a 60 player maximum, with only ONE player walking away with cash, prizes, and the title of 2015 Royal Rumble Champion! So mark your calendars for March 28th and 29th, and start thinking of which wrestler most closely mimics your bike polo personality. You can find more info over on League of Bike Polo.
For the past year or so, there has existed a significant push towards having bigger, better, higher budgeted tourneys in bike polo. It makes some sense, this drive to move away from poor courts, iffy organizing, and what not. To be honest, I think this kind of shift is a natural progression of the sport (as it develops, so too do the tourneys we put on. It’s not brain rockets), but I wonder about something else: maybe the answer to growing the sport isn’t bigger, better tourneys. Maybe it’s smaller tourneys that happen more often.
First, let’s establish what we’re aiming for. In my case, growing the sport means having more people playing. That’s it. I’m not talking about getting people to watch the thing, nor am I talking about getting sponsors lined up. I’m talking about sheer number of bike polo players on the courts.
Using that as my measurement for success, I can begin to make the argument that having 5 little, regional (read: within 2 hours of where you live) tourneys might be a better bet than having 1 big regional (read: in your NAH Region) tourney, or even just 2 larger tourneys that have nothing to do with qualifying or the NAH. Continue Reading…
The ladies of San Francisco Bike Polo are looking for your help to ease some of the cost of throwing the seventh annual Ladies Army hardcourt bike polo tournament. They set up an Indiegogo account where people from around the world can donate to the event and in return receive some awesome bike related prints. To find out more info on the event and to donate to the cause, please use this link HERE!
(featured image: Keegan Bursaw)
The 2015 Frost was, above all else, a tourney of experiments. First, how a 5 man bench tourney would go down in the ol’ Eastside region (I think this was the first). Second, whether you could introduce a crease rule and have it stick (which certainly has been experimented with in other tourneys), and third, whether you can create a tent village to keep people dry enough to play.
Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
In all truth, and I’ll say this now to spare you all the suspense, the Frost was an enormous amount of fun for a variety of reasons, which brings us to the first part of my over used title:
The Frost’s format, five player bench, is just so much fun. As Horse said perfectly on our way back to Lancaster, it’s a bench where instead of feeling like you should play everyone, it’s one where you need to play everyone. The 2 people who are sitting on your bench when a game is happening are actively involved in coaching, are ready to jump in, and don’t feel (at least in my case) like an appendix in an otherwise useful body.
The games were also 30 minutes long, which seemed just a touch too short–which is perfect. I left games feeling relatively good, and not at all over-worked. One could certainly chalk that up to my general laziness on the court, but let’s say that it’s more of a signifier of how solid the length of the games were instead. Yeah. Let’s do that.
Even with all the metarequirements of a tourney (lodging, eating, palling around), having 5 people instead of 9 really worked out well.
I guess when it comes down to it, I’d probably travel further for a 5 person bench tourney than I would for a three person tourney.
The Frost organizers also did a bang-up job on creature comforts. Yes, Saturday was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever played a tourney in, but we had a shanty town and outdoor heaters, and that went a long way to make me comfortable. Okay. I wasn’t comfortable at all, really. BUT I really appreciated the effort and WTF ever, rain. I don’t even care ’bout you. Continue Reading…
A few weeks back the Fixed Viking bike polo club in Belgium held their Mixed Halloween Bike Polo Tournament, and they put this video together to commemorate the event. Enjoy!