Last night the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association (NAH) Tournament Director, Mark Aseltine, sent us a super helpful tool for organizing squad tournaments. Crafted by Aseltine, the NAH Tournament Scheduler lets you figure out how many teams you can fit into your squad tournament, based on hours of light and number of courts. This is the tool I’ve been hoping that NAH would put out, as I’ve seen a lot of organizers left feeling lost after the announcement of NAH tournaments going squad.
Sporting a brand new super fly logo, the European Hardcourt Bikepolo Association (EHBA) announced yesterday that they will be keeping their European Hardcourt Bike-Polo Championship (EHBC) 3v3 for the 2017 season. In the announcement they said that from early on 2016 they planned to do a 5v5 Squad tournament (Dominion Cup) in the off years of World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, and then still to 3v3 for the EHBC on years with a WHBPC. [Side Note: It was announced last year that the WHBPC would be held every two years to give players more time to save up money for around the world travel.] Since this plan was already in place, they felt that it was best for them to stick to it. Spots for the WHBPC will still be offered to the top teams at the EHBC, and hopefully we will see them in at the WHBPC this year!
The EHBA also opened up a call for submissions to host the EHBC this year. If you live in a European city that would like to host, please submit a bid HERE
On the dusk of 2016, most of us were meeting up with friends and family to try to wring out a last little bit of joy in a year that many have seen as a year that just wouldn’t give the world a break. The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo association on the other had decided to use this time to drop a bomb shell.
They announced that for the 2017 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship and the 2017 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship they would be abandoning the standard 3v3 formatting, and instead go with the up and coming 5v5 Squad format.
The announcement brought mixed emotions to the bike polo Facebook world, so we thought it would be important to sit down with the new NAH president, Alias Tagami, and talk about their decision: Continue Reading…