Editorial, Tournaments

WHBPC Wild Card Info

August 27, 2013

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Worlds is less than two months away and I know the whole poloverse is foaming at the mouth for a chance to win that gold. For those of us who did not qualify for the main event, there is still hope to compete against the best teams in the world. On the Wednesday before Worlds there will be a Wild Card Tournament.

The tournament will consist of 36 teams from all over the World with six of these teams moving on to the actual World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. The break down of the 36 teams looks something like this.

  • North America -> 12
  • Europe -> 12
  • Australasia -> 3
  • Asia -> 3
  • South America -> 3
  • Caribbean/Mexico -> 3

If Worlds is anything like the previous years, then chances are the regions outside of North America will not fill all of their Wild Card slots and North America will get more than 12 Wild Card slots. So sign your team up North American players!

It’s super simple to sign up for the Wild Card, all you need to do is line up two teammates (no TBD or TBA teammates will be accepted) and fill out this registration form HERE! Make sure you sign up for “Wild Card” in the Registration Option section and not WHBPC Main Event, as your registration will get tossed out and you will not have a chance to play the Wild Card.

Teams have until 11:59pm et on September 5th to register. On September 6th there will a lottery to determine which teams from each region will get to play in the Wild Card. This event will be recorded so that the process is 100% impartial and everyone has an equal chance.

Go make a team and get signed up, the WHBPC is not something you want to miss!

Hot Tip, Media

BOOM HEAD SHOT!

August 26, 2013
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Koyo is a sniper! I don’t know if anyone every got a full count of all the head shots Koyo had during the North American Bike Polo Championship but I remember Tyler from Bloomington, IN had a count of at least 6. I believe Tyler, as a dedicated goal judge, was on the receiving end of two of those shots as well.

Big ups to Arlyn for ducking that ball though; he has reflexes of an ornery alligator. Even if his reflexes did yield that kid getting nailed in the head, his bob and weave deserves some recognition.

We are going to have to start putting up signs behind the goals that say “CAUTION! YOU HAVE NOW ENTERED THE BLAST ZONE!” so that spectators know what they are in for. Because until we get nets, like hockey or baseball, we are going to see more and more head shots.

Thank you Mr. Do for this amazing GIF!

Product, Scene Sound Off!

Own a Piece of Bike Polo History

August 22, 2013

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Thanks to Brad Quartuccio (founder of Urban Velo), you can now own an iconic image of bike polo history. He is selling 11 x 17 photos of this photo for only $10 shipped inside the US and $18 shipped internationally. According to Brad, this picture was taken in Philadelphia, PA at the first World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. As evident by the many skid marks, 2009 was a time before front brake only or dual-brakes were even in the scope of bike polo imagination.

Pick one up today HERE and maybe you can hunt down 2009 champions, Team Smile, to autograph it for you. Someday when this sport is as bike as Monday Night Football, that signed picture will be worth a bajillion dollars!

Editorial

Unofficial 2014 NAH Regional Allotment

August 22, 2013
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Now that the 2013 NAH season has come to an end, it’s time for the NAH higher ups to get together and discuss the pros and cons of the 2013 structure and then use this information to help guide the structure for 2014. We are unsure what changes will come about for the 2014 season, but in case they decided to keep the weighted allotment for the 2014 NAHBPC, we will look into how it will pan out. In case you are unfamiliar with the weighted allotment or just forgot how it works, let me give you a refresher.

Before the 2013 NAH season started, the NAH higher ups proposed a “Weighted Allotment of Slots” for each regional qualifier. This meant that each region had three automatic spots saved for the NAHBPC (for the three teams that podium at the qualifier) and then any remaining spots would be allotted based on last years results at the tournament. An assessment of the top 24 teams at the 2012 NAHBPC was done and spots were splits accordingly. For the 2013 season this meant:

  • Cascadia – Podium + 6 = 9
  • Midwest – Podium + 6 = 9
  • Eastside – Podium + 4 = 7
  • Northside – Podium + 3 = 6
  • South Central – Podium + 3 = 6
  • South West – Podium + 3 = 6
  • South East – Podium + 2 = 5

If the NAH decides to keep this same model and they look at the top 24 teams at the 2013 NAHBPC, here is the potential regional allotment for the 2014 season:

  • Cascadia – Podium + 8 = 11
  • Midwest – Podium + 5 = 8
  • Eastside – Podium + 4 = 7
  • Northside – Podium + 3 = 6
  • South Central – Podium + 1 = 4
  • South West – Podium + 1 = 4
  • South East – Podium + 2 = 5

According to the NAH website, “This allocation leaves three open slots for a 48-team NAHBPC, which could be awarded based on additional criteria to be determined.” So while these three slots have not been distributed, we can get a good idea what the structure will look like. Cascadia will gain a team, Midwest will lose a team, Eastside, Northside, and South East stay the same, while South Central and South West will lose two spots. This is most unfortunate for the South West since San Fransisco is building itself up to be a bike polo powerhouse.

Like we said in the beginning, the NAH officials have not given out any info on the 2014 season. This is all speculation based off of their 2013 and 2014 Proposed Structure document that can be found on their WEBSITE.

Tell us what you think of the structure and allotments!

Tournaments

NAHBPC Results!

August 22, 2013

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The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is over. All of the courts have been unscrewed and are now stored in a warehouse as nothing more than sheets of plywood. Everyone has either made it home and life has gone back to normal. The whole experience feels surreal but the memories are so vivid that it’s impossible to forget.

From seeing Kev’s face bleeding from two separate hits to the face, to seeing chunks of Crandall’s flesh in Lefty Joe’s commuter freewheel. From watching the near figure skating glide of Koyo carving up and down the court, to watching Kremin hang from the top of the boards, like a child laying over their parents knee, getting ready to be spanked, after a monster hit from Nick Kruse. We are all patiently waiting for Mr. Do to put these memories into a second reality so we can live them all over again.

I’m sure you all have seen the full results by now, but just in case you have not, here is the tournament’s official Podium link. Twenty of these 48 teams will advance to the World Championship of Bike Polo in Florida. Here is the list of teams that will be representing North America come October:

1) The Beaver Bros
2) The Guardians
3) The Assassins
4) Portland United
5) Big Country
5) The Makers Y’all
7) The Greens
7) The Control
9) White Fang
9) D G T
9) Los Cuatreros
9) Mosquito
13) Thunder Buddies
13)Journeymen
13) The Means
13) KMANG
17) Breaknecks
17) Bill Murray
17) Call Me Laddy
17) Magic Toast

Congratulations to all of these teams and best of luck to them all on their travels to Florida. Here’s to North America reclaiming the title of having the best bike polo team in the world!