One of Europe’s top bike polo photographers, Liv Minh, is looking to bring his hardcourt bike polo photographs from the digital to the physical, and he is looking to the bike polo community for help. Liv set up a crowd sourcing campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank to make it easier for people to help him out. If this seems like a project you’d like to get behind, you can find information on Liv’s project HERE!
I’m one of the “elders” of my club–that is: I was elected, along with two others, to be the executive branch of our group. When it comes down to it, the post means that I interact with the local government, I try to carry out the will of the club, and I act as a mediator when tempers flare or stuff goes down.
It’s both good to do (as I feel like I’m helping) and stressful (as nobody is every very happy with authority figures in our game).
Part of what I was tasked with doing was to create a “code of conduct” for our club. Essentially, we recognized that we didn’t have a locked down way of dealing with situations where players were acting against the interests or enjoyment of the club.
The document is, effectively, something that our club can fall back on to remove emotions and subjectivity from tense situations. Previously we’d have a spat or raised tempers and we’d go through this series:
1. everyone would yell at each other
2. We’d all email each other and keep yelling
3. We’d agree, more or less, that something can’t happen again.
With this document we have a series of steps and procedures that, more or less, takes discipline and behavior out of the hands of anyone and into the hands of an agreement. If you do X, you are disciplined with Y.
If you play with our club, you’re agreeing to the code of conduct. If you’re a member of our club, you’re agreeing to the code of conduct (naturally there was a voting on the document from the start, to see if anyone actually wanted it to exist at all).
So I offer it up to you, readers. Use this as you think you need to (or as a starting point for the discussion in your club). Keep in mind, however, that much like the Torah of my people’s religion, it was written by a small group for that group, not for the world. Make sure if you’re using this document that you modify it to fit your culture and own club’s needs.
Earlier this week DZR announced their plans to release a women’s specific version of their Marco hardcourt bike polo shoe. While the shoe wont drop until Dec 15th (just in time for you to get them on your Christmas list), DZR is giving away a pair this week!
If you want to win a pair before you can buy them, all you have to do is Instagram this above picture and @DZRShoes in the post. Simple as that, and you’re on your way to having the best bike polo specific shoe on the market. Enter fast because the contest ends tomorrow!
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
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…