Tournaments

San Fran’s Ladies Army 7 Bid

October 1, 2014
Ladies Army 7 bid San Francisco

This originally appeared on League of Bike Polo, you can find the article HERE

Courts

Pending our Club’s 501C3 status (aka Non-Profit Status), if Ladies Army is held in San Francisco, the courts will be located at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch Neighborhood. Hope you guys like killer brunch spots! The three courts will be Standard polo court size (40mX20m) and located indoors. The property manager is currently working on attaining lights for the facility, but currently there are no lights.

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Tournaments

The 2015 WHBPC is Heading to Timaru

October 1, 2014
timaru

Today, the NAH has announced that they have no plans to host the 2015 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, and that they fully support the event heading down to Timaru, New Zealand. With the EHBPA’s deadline to put in an offer come and gone, this gives full rights to Timaru as host of this prestigious bike polo event.

We hope that Timaru can lock down dates as soon as possible so that we can start doing some research into tickets. We are beyond exciting to head to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time!

See you there!

Contest

POLOWEEN CONTEST: Win! Fun! HORROR!

October 1, 2014

I’ve teamed up with Fixcraft yet again to provide a fun way to win free stuff AND show a bit of your creative side at the same time. It is with no small amount of pleasure that I present the

POLOWEEN HORROR POSTER CONTEST!

We’re looking for the classic style of horror movie poster: unbelievable monster, bad makeup, horrible titles. We’re looking for witty thinking and visual fun. Get creative, let your inner werewolf come out. BUT NOT IN THAT TWILIGHT SORT OF WAY I SWEAR TO YOU IF I GET A SIGNLE TWILIGHT POSTER IT’S OVER okay not really but don’t. Okay, maybe do. I think Handsome Rob would make for a good Edward but that’s just me.

The rules are simple:

1. Your poster should CLEARLY be in the genre of a scary movie (not a romance, not an action movie)
2. Polo has to play a predominant role in the poster
3.The cheesier the better
4. Post your poster on Instagram with the hashtags #Poloween #Fixcraft #Lancasterpolo #Bikepolo (if you don’t have Instagram, send it directly to me at mlkabik (at) gmail.com)
5. Winners will be chosen by popular vote, SO MAKE SURE YOU TELL YOUR WHOLE FAMILY TO VOTE FOR YA: starting on October 27th and closing on October 30th
6. Winners announced AT MIDNIGHT, OCTOBER 31ST MOWHWHWHWHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAAHA (so you’ll probably find out when you wake up later that day)
HouseOfDracTC7. Only ONE entry per entrant
8. The picture can be a drawing, or a picture, or computer-rendered, or whatever. It doesn’t matter. Horror knows no limitations. Heck, if you make a short monster movie (following as many as the rules above) I’d be into that, too.
Here are some examples to get your mind going: http://www.best-horror-movies.com/news?name=the-30-best-horror-movie-posters

IF YOU WIN, YOU GET:

-Brand new Fixcraft mallet set up of your choice

-Fixcraft team shirt of you choice

-3 balls

-A pair of gloves

 

Remember, you pumpkins: You have Until Oct 26th to get your posters up and scaring, so don’t wait!

Tournaments

Let’s Stop Doing Worlds Every Year

September 25, 2014

The thing with the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is, for better or worse, that it’s kind of an exaggeration. An expensive one at that. And the truth is we put a lot of stock into Worlds being perfect and the pinnacle of bike polo development when in fact we don’t even have a really clear vision of what bike polo will be in six months, let alone a year, let alone any point in the distant future. We are, once again, creating a high level event for a sport that simply doesn’t demand that sort of thing.

When the NFL was first formed–hell, even before that: when people first started playing football in the U.S., they didn’t start having a championship right away–at least not the sort of championship we think of now with the SuperBowl. Sure, there were championships–but they were local, small, and pretty much just like any other tournament.

whbpc2014The point I’m making is that there wasn’t much of a point to having a huge event for the sport because the sport simply wasn’t there. There were developing rules, developing equipment, and developing culture around the event of American football itself. People realized that having a huge championship was more pain than what it was worth, so why put the pressure on?

the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is something that brings a lot of great players together. That’s about it. Sure there is the glory of being the best in the world, but that’s about all you get. There aren’t legions of fans paying ticket prices that benefit the NAH or the hosting club or the teams that win. There aren’t huge sponsors throwing money to Mr. Do to get on the stream. There aren’t TV stations that are reserving time and fighting for filming rights.

“But Crusher, there never will be unless we keep having big tournaments.”

Bullshit.

WHBPC2013 (116)Think of it this way: if hosting clubs are still struggling to find good refs, good locations, sponsors, spectators, and everything else that goes with running a sports tournament, all that people will see when they look at bike polo will be a group of people playing a sport they only kinda heard of. They won’t see a really clean, well organized, or well attended event.

There are probably a hundred things that could change with the idea of a world bike polo tourney, but I’ll suggest just a few that have been springing up in my brain the past few weeks:

1. Make the tourney every other year, or ever three years: this allows organizers to work a bit longer in getting people in the seats, sponsors on the walls, and interest from local news. It also gives potential refs 2-3 years to practice just for Worlds. That’s a real, honest-to-Dog length of time to really develop the skills to be a world-class ref.

2. Don’t put so much pressure on it: Go ahead, have your whole-world bike polo tourney–but don’t make it such a big deal. We aren’t there yet, there isn’t a demand (even really a huge demand from players). Why not stop clawing at the hope that if we build it up as a worldwide event it will be.

3. Wait for critical mass before the next WHPBC. Wait for there to be a need before we create a solution. I think this can be said for a lot of parts of bike polo, but it applies here, too: we’re running so hard to make something exist where there is simply no need for it to.

And I get it: polo for lots of folks isn’t about making it any bigger and it isn’t about getting Nike to give a damn or see your face on the nightly news. But if that’s the case, why are players doing everything that professional sports players do in regards to travelling thousands of miles to play, essentially, just another bike polo tournament? What’s the overall value other than the pride of playing at Worlds–and is that worth thousands of dollars to do?

We’re trying to create a professional sport that isn’t even a sustainable one yet. Let’s just put the brakes on for a minute and think about what’d be nice to do, what we need to do in the future, and what we must do right now.