Stories

On Court A–a poem

November 5, 2014

Lancasterpolo reader and poet Louise Hosburgh sent me this poem after I asked after it (seeing she mentioned it on Facebook). While this is certainly not what I typically post on the site, those who know me know my heart leans towards the art of writing–and poetry certainly fits into that definition.

 I present to you, “On Court A”

 

It’s good to be here,

away from home

in this city with friends

who are weird like me.

We ride our bikes,

three to a team,

and whack a ball

with a stick (mallet)

and try to score

goals on each other

without dabbing.

 

I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be…

 

“Prima Nocta and Those Shifty Eyes, you’re on Court A right now!”

 

My team gets called to play…here we go.

 

I roll into the court with my teammates,

we line up on one end together

facing the opposing team,

ball waiting in the center.

Joe looks at me

through his face mask,

“We got this.” Continue Reading…

Tournaments

There were about 30 less tourneys in 2014 than 2013

November 5, 2014

…and I’m not really worried about it

Counting a discussion last week with Horse, there have been about four people who approached me (either via email, message, or in person) this year who were concerned about the amount of tourneys being hosted this year compared to years past. They all thought, more or less, that it was a sign of either the dwindling of the sport or the dwindling importance of tourneys.

Well, I just don’t buy it, honestly.

To Horse’s credit, he cited that part of the reason for the reduction in tourneys was the proliferation of regions and the need to have qualifiers in those regions (a problem that I think will probably be worked out sooner than later). Because of this, local tournaments were put off because everyone was too busy trying to prep and/or run their own NAH sanctioned event.

I think consideration that must be paid is that the tourneys are getting bigger, the quality of the tourneys is getting better, and the expectation of going to certain tourneys over other tourneys is becoming more and more of a reality. If anything, I think it shows a growth in bike polo (or at least in the quality of bike polo): not every city can have its own top-notch tourney–which is fine, but it also means that more and more folks are waiting for those really solid tourneys to latch on to, and the smaller ones never really come around to being actualized.

Plus, if you really want to get down to the scientific method: just because a tourney isn’t on the LoBP (ALL HAIL!) it doesn’t mean that tourney didn’t happen. It might just be that there are smaller tourneys that aren’t using the site. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but it very well may be.

Try to think back, if you can, to just a few years ago: what tourneys were like. No boards, sometimes just open sides with bags to stop the ball from going out of play. Cones for goals and tourneys that would occasionally not even really be completed. Those tourneys are what made up a fair amount of those many-more tourneys we see if we look at tourneys per year. Now, however, we’re seeing more organized and more tourney-like tournaments, and just because there are fewer doesn’t mean we’re losing anything.

So there, naysayers. So there.

Tournaments

Slaydy Hawkins is this weekend!

November 3, 2014
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This weekend Indianapolis Bike Polo is hosting the first ever Slaydy Hawkins bike polo tournament. As the name suggests, the tournament is modeled after the traditional Sadie Hawkins Dance, where in the ladies ask the men to the dance. Much like the high school dance, ladies get pick their two other partners for the tournament, be it coed or an all girls death squad. I’m really stoked on the idea of the tournament and I can’t wait to see it develop on Podium. If you want to follow the tournament this weekend as well, use this link HERE! And if you want more info on the tournament, check out the League of Bike Polo page HERE!

Product

Enforcer Bike Polo Frame

November 3, 2014
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Hand designed in the USA, hand made in Peru. The Enforcer is bike polo frameset is what happens when two like minded individuals join forces to better the sport of hardcourt bike polo. Your leading source of bike polo news, 3-2-1 Polo! teamed up with the Peruvian bike company Marino Bike to bring you an affordable frameset that will crush your opponents on the court. Find out all the info on both the 26″ and 700 version of the Enforcer HERE! 

Editorial

Hilarious Bike Polo Gif

October 31, 2014
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Somehow this hilarious GIF that Mr. Do posted online has not made its way around the internet. I think that it is time for that to happen! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!