Editorial

2014 Rules Survey

November 13, 2013
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With the 2013 WHBPC less than a month behind of us, the NAH is wasting no time getting things rolling to improve the 2014 season. Yesterday, the head of the NAH Rules Committee, Nick Kruse, released a survey on some possible amendments for next year’s rule set. There are only eight questions so we encourage you all to take ten minutes out of your time for this survey. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s important for the future of hardcourt play! Here’s what Kruse had to say during his League of Bike Polo press release:

“As part of my effort to move the rule set forward, I said that, following worlds, I wanted to have some informal polls about some of the controversial rule changes that get discussed here on the boards and maybe sometimes in real life. With big, big help from Joe Rstom, the following was put together:

http://www.nahardcourt.com/voting/

Go forth and click. These votes aren’t tied to where you live or even if you play polo. The goal here is to gain experience in a systematic method for developing the rule set. And to simply get some information out there about what ‘people’ may want. We’d appreciate some community integrity in your votes, and I’m sure you all will grant it. Non-North Americans, feel free to contribute.

If you don’t see something here that is important to you, please email rules@nahardcourt.com. Aside from the topics brought up in these polls, I have a list of issues that I am addressing in the current rule set that vary less with individual opinions and are centered on safety. They are things that have been presumed but not written due to past haste in drafting the rules. One of your things may be one of mine. Get at me.

Maybe you don’t see an option to click that you feel should really be in there for one of the topics. If this is you, post below about it. Let’s see what the x2s say.

Thanks for your help. Try to not get worked up about this; the rules are going to be sweet next year. This is one step among many, and I want to stress that it is just a census of opinion. We have plenty of time. Enjoy your off-season, if that is even a thing.”

As Kruse stated, this is just the first step among many to better next season and I couldn’t be more excited! The 2014 season is destine to be the best we have ever seen. But it will only happen if everyone puts in a little help; take the SURVEY and then join in on the discussion via League of Bike Polo.

Video

Alan Partridge does Polo

November 12, 2013
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If you are unfamiliar with Alan Partridge, (no, he’s not part of the classic 70’s TV show The Partridge Family) he is a fictional radio and television host played by the iconic comedian Steven Coogan. Partridge’s antics have been splitting sides for decades and now, thanks to Andrew “Chan” McRae, Partridge has entered the Poloverse. Chan took some polo footage from 2011, dubbed Alan Partridge’s football (soccer for the Americans) commentary over it, and now a tsunami of laughter is about to unleash across the hardcourt interwebs.

Enjoy and share with your friends!

Editorial, Interview, Player Profile

Meet your World’s Refs: Robin Cunningham

November 11, 2013

The third installment of our “Meet Your World’s Refs” series introduces you to a player from one of NAH’s most forgotten regions. Hailing from the Southwest, Robin Cunningham is the unsung hero of World’s Refs. As one of only three refs to sign the volunteer sheet put out before Worlds began, Cunningham showed his commitment and talent all the way through the tournament to the final game. Find out a little more about him here!

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321Polo: What is your home club?
Cunningham: Home Club = Albuquerque Bike Polo

321Polo: How long have you been playing bike polo?

Cunningham: I’ve been playing for 4 years.

321Polo: When was the first time you reffed at a tournament?
Cunningham: I first reffed at our own tournament in Santa Fe, NM in April 2010.

321Polo: What do you think of fans heckling you?
Cunningham: I don’t mind the fans heckling me, it can be a bit distracting though. I started reffing soccer when I was very young, so I was used to a minimum of 22 parents yelling at you at the same time. No one is ever happy all of the time.

321Polo: Are there any major changes you hope to see in the reffing world next year?
Cunningham: The major changes I would like to see would be an acceptance of world rules, not just NAH. The NAH/world rules translated into 5 or 8 major languages so everyone can read them. And lastly, hand signals for the 10 major fouls. It can be very hard to tell the players (and fans) what the foul call is when everyone is yelling at the same time. We could adopt a football/hockey style hand signals that would be international. Then there would be no discrepancy with what the actual call was. With the addition of the hand signals would be pointing in the direction of play after a foul. That way the teams can have an idea of which side has possession of the ball. Lastly, if we want to have good refs, then pay them (or honor their efforts with proper respect). When refs are getting paid they will take it more seriously. My final thought is: “You can hate me on the court, but love me off the court.”

Editorial

Welcome our New Writer!

November 8, 2013

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We heard the calls from the poloverse and couldn’t have agreed more: the Association of Bike Polo Journalists needs a more diverse voice. Earlier this week, Lancaster Polo added Charlotte Fagan Caroline Schruff to their writing staff and in doing what we at 321Polo do best (attempting to steal the thunder of Lancaster Polo) we now introduce to you our newest member, Sam Bell. We sent out a call earlier this week for a female voice at 321Polo and Sam was gracious enough to answer!

Sam Bell is an avid polo player and cyclocross racer from San Francisco and we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of the 321Polo family. Fast into action, Sam’s first article for the site will come to the poloverse next week. We are excited for her enthusiasm and we can’t wait to have her voice heard!

If anyone else would love to join the 321Polo writing staff, send us an email (a.hand(at)hotmail.com) so we can have a chat!

Product, Video

Riding in Circles 2014 Sneak Peek

November 7, 2013
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I was first exposed to Riding in Circles polo bikes in Geneva at the 2012 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. I instantly fell in love with the compact design and super clean welds of this Italian polo frame. Sadly enough, we don’t see too many Riding in Circles bikes in North America, so in the year following Geneva, the Riding in Circles frame slowly faded from my bike porn spank bank. That was until I arrived in Florida for the 2013 WHBPC and saw two-thirds of Call Me Daddy riding the sleek bikes that once filled my dreams. Upon coming home from Worlds, I did some perusing of the Riding in Circles Facebook page and  discovered that they released a teaser video for their 2014 polo bike. If the bike is going to be half as cool as this video, then the poloverse is in for a real treat!

Check out the teaser video here:

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