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.
Quite often I get emails from people asking me if I can help them promote their hardcourt bike polo tournament or share some photos/videos from a bike polo tournament that they recently hosted. I always help out in these situations because I love being able to show off how the sport is developing around the world. Recently I’ve been trying to think of ways for me to help showcase these tournaments even more and I came up with the idea of sharing my Instagram with tournaments hosts/attendees.
This is how it will work: Hosts of bike polo tournament will contact us via email or Facebook, we will add their tournament to our calendar on a first come first serve basis (i.e. one Instagram take over per weekend), and on the Friday before the tournament starts, the host/attendee will receive our Instagram log-in and password so that it can be theirs for the weekend.
Simple as that and we can all more easily enjoy hardcourt bike polo tournaments from all over the world!
We’ve all had them: games where no matter what you do, the other team is out pacing you. They are forcing you into situations you don’t want, not allowing any of your plays to occur, and are generally slapping your bottom with skill.
It’s okay to admit this. I’m not here to judge.
But what if I told you it wasn’t necessarily all their fault that you weren’t able to keep up? What if I told you, dear reader, that it was partially your fault.
There is one thing I’ve learned in being a slow player: you are in control of the pace of the game (at least when your team has the ball). Just because the other team is going full steam every single time they get possession doesn’t mean at all that you need to match suit. Point in fact, you really shouldn’t match their speed. If your team is more calculating and more technical, use those skills to throw off the speed/power game of the other team. Likewise, if your team is more power/speed, use that against the slow, methodical team you find yourself against.
But, for the love of Pete & Pete, don’t think that just because your opponent is turning it up to 11 that you need to. Don’t fall into that trap.
The real trick of this is recognizing whether you are playing your own game or playing the opponent’s game. I’ve made it a habit to, after each score on our goal, ask myself if I am playing my game. I tell my team how the other team is playing: they are taking long shots, they are counting on breakaways, they are waiting for us to shoot. I figure out whether they are changing my habits as a player–whether they are forcing me out of my skill set.
If they are, I recenter. I work out what I need to do to go back to my skills and use them against the other team. I’m not saying that you should only count on what your good at to save you (that’s a good way to not grow as a player), but if your in a tourney or some such, it’s likely that you’re not exactly focusing on becoming a better player nearly so much as you are focusing on winning your next match.
So there’s my suggestion: playing your own game, on your terms, is a skill you need to develop during hot n’ heavy play. Learn to recognize when it’s not happening, and learn to make it happen when that’s the case.
Thanks to Graz Bike Polo out of Austria, the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association ruleset version 4.3 is now available auf Deutsche! We are very excited to see this happen and hope that it is able to translated into more languages soon. You can find the Deutsche/German version HERE!
We love seeing new hardcourt bike polo products pop up in various places in the world. The most recent product to come to our attention is this brand new rotor guard called the Cage. Forged in Hungary, these things look as magical as Harry Houdini. You can find more information on the Cage over on their Facebook Page!