It’s the holiday season! If you’re like us, you haven’t even started thinking about what to get your loved ones. Also, if you’re like us, you dread going to the mall to shop for said loved ones. We have made a one stop shop for all of your holiday purchase needs. Between listening to the She&Him Christmas albums and watching Elf over and over, we put together this list of great gifts that are made and sold by your fellow hardcourt bike polo players. Support your friends and spend some time checking out all of these shops. Much like last year, this is far from a complete list, so please add more to the comments section:
This year, in the wake of a World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, the European Hardcourt Bike Polo Association decided to try a new kind of championship. The EHPA dropped country qualifies and the typical 3v3 championship, and opted for a 5v5 squad championship known as the Dominion Cup. Below you can find a video for the final at the first Dominion Cup, between The Dream and Impossiboys. Check it out:
Getting the ball rolling early, Ladies Army is taking bids for its 9th installment. If your club is interested in hosting the tournament this spring/summer, please head over to BikePoloCalendar.com to fill out the GoogleDoc Bid Submission Form. Deadline for submission is December 19th. I can’t wait to see where it ends up. 2017 will be the year I make it to Ladies Army!
Also, shout out to Bike Polo Calendar for adding this new bid feature to their website. We are excited to see if it works, and then see how it will be adapted for other big tournaments like NAs, Euros, and Worlds! Keep up the great work!
East Van Bike Polo Women and Gender Queer Night
Since April 2015, East Van has been running a monthly Women and Gender Queer bike polo night with the top priority of introducing new players to the sport and making sure that they have fun and come back next month. This means that we don’t put pressure on them to join regular pick-up, and we don’t focus much on rules or strategy.
That said, after holding this event for three months, East Van has added seven players who now regularly take part in co-ed pickup. So far, it has been even more successful at recruiting new players than our co-ed weekly newbie day.
Preparing for the event:
One year ago, I received my custom S&S coupler bag from Black Star Bags (MSRP $300). Since then, it’s taken my bike to 4 countries and 13 US states and territories, totalling 25 flights and one train ride. I can no longer imagine using any other bag, and highly recommend getting a variant of this design to any polo traveler.