Thank to the genius of Podium and the dedication of John Hayes, you will be able to follow the first PHBP (Professional Hardcourt Bike Polo) Championship this weekend. Use this link HERE to watch the live Podium updates.
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.
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…