A few days ago NBC’s Today show featured a segment on hardcourt bike polo. Like many news stories, they first started talking about horse polo and then broke into a story on it’s ugly step-child, hardcourt bike polo. The hardcourt focus centered on the Raleigh Bike Polo club during a day of pick up, and the reporter even joined them on the court! You can find the video for the “Love polo? Dont own a horse? We have a sport for you!” HERE!
Rustbelt Welding out of Cleveland, OH have released the 2015 line of their Marco hardcourt bike polo frameset. Made of True Temper tubing and coming standard with paragon sliding drop outs with disc mounts, these beauties will set you back $925. While these framesets are more expensive than a lot of the hardcourt bike polo frameset that you see on the market in the US, they are made by true metal craftsman and will out last your less expensive option.
If you’re interested in picking up a frameset, you can head to their virtual shop HERE to pick one up! Also, if you’re looking for a bike polo fork, they have those for sale for only $175. Go pick up a shred machine!
It’s been a huge week for news from the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association. First, on Monday they gave us a preview of the proposed 2015 NAH Tournament ruleset. Second, on Tuesday they announced that the regional reps approved the proposed ruleset, including the new Crease and Obstruction rules. And if that isn’t enough for one week, after some minor editing, they released the OFFICIAL 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo ruleset. On top of that, they also released an updated Appendix A with tournament and game formatting information. They also released the brand new Appendix C that features Squad format specific rules.
We thank the NAH (mostly John and Joe, I assume) for their countless hours of work. Those two are doing so much for this sport and it’s hard to show the gratitude I feel for all of their efforts. Thank you both!
Here it is, in all it’s glory. The proposed ruleset for the 2015 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association’s qualifying season (find it HERE). In this new version, 4.5 to be exact, you will find instructions on how to draw a crease, as well as, the rules that go along with the new crease. On top of that, you will find the official wording for the new Obstruction (off ball screening) rule. Don’t forget to also watch the GIFs released by the NAH to help fully understand what is and isn’t legal under the new Obstruction rule.
I know I’m just one person, but I’m really excited for the introduction of these two new rules. I think they make for a cleaner, more exciting game, that leads to true skill being favored over brute force and unskillful play. The NAH truly knows what they are doing, and they only want what is best for the qualifying tournaments, so learn it and adapt!
We love it when university students approach hardcourt bike polo clubs to do projects on the sport. It may not be real media attention, but the fact that people are spending time with the bike polo clubs and then showing off bike polo to a whole new audience when they present their projects in class, gets me excited for the potential growth that can come from it. This video talking about the history of hardcourt bike polo, with emphasis on London Bike Polo, is one such project. Watch and enjoy this students work: