Hardcourt Bike Polo
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Many of these covers are painted with elaborate designs to help identify riders or their city s Hybrid bicycle club. This usually involves either riding in a circle or tapping out (riding to a designated point on the court and touching it with the mallet).
Urban Bike Polo and simply Bike Polo are other variations used by players and the press. . In order to score a goal, a player must hit the ball into the opposing team s goal with a shot; if the player uses a shuffle, the goal does not count and play continues. Following a goal, the scoring team returns to their own half of the court.
A shot is made with either end of the mallet head whereas a shuffle is made with the side. Hardcourt Bike Polo is a variation of traditional Bicycle Polo in which teams of players ride bicycles and use mallets to strike a small ball into a goal. Two teams of three players play in an enclosed rectangular area (ex.
Many of the fixed-gear bikes are brakeless. Typical mallets are constructed using high density gas pipe or ABS piping for the head and a ski pole or golf club for the shaft. The most commonly used ball is a plastic Street Hockey ball. Players commonly play on courts such as a tennis courts or street hockey rinks.
The First Annual North American and European Hardcourt Bicycle Polo Championships were both held in August 2009. Additionally, players are not allowed to T-bone other players bicycles. As a decentralized and organically growing game, the rules and styles of Hardcourt Bike Polo may vary substantially from city to city. Rather than use traditional polo mallets, Hardcourt Bike Polo players make handmade mallets in the spirit of the DIY ethic.
The North American tournament featured 36 teams from Seattle, Vancouver BC, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Ottawa, Portland, Washington DC, and elsewhere and was won by team Smile of Seattle. Wheel covers can t be found in stores and are another example of the sports DIY roots. Low gear ratio fixed-gear or single-speed freewheel bikes are advantages for quick acceleration and control on bike polo s small court.
parking lot, tennis courts, or roller hockey rink). These are often customized using boards to keep the ball from rolling out of the court or getting stuck in the corners. Player will make wheel covers out of corrugated plastic to protect spokes and create solid blocking surfaces.
Since 2004, cities across North America have thrown inter-city tournaments such as the East-, West-, and Northside Polo Invites. After the scoring team returns to their half, the scored-on team may cross the half line and resume play. The game continues until a team reaches a pre-defined limit of three to five goals.
The first ever Australian Championships will be held in Melbourne in the near future. Though Hardcourt Bike Polo game play has more in common with hockey than traditional polo, the word polo is used because the players sit atop of a moving object and strike the ball with mallets. Most riders use tall riser bars to give their bike a more upright position.
You should avoid affecting play of the game at all cost after a foot down occurs. The amount of contact in a particular game may vary but is generally restricted to mallet to mallet or player to player . They frequently cut off one end of side or shorten their handle bars to make clearance for swinging their mallets. Modern Hardcourt Bike Polo has roots in early 2000s Seattle.
Although any bike is acceptable for the game, eventually most players customized their bike especially for bike polo and their playing needs. The European tournament drew over 40 teams from Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Germany and was won by L Equipe, a Geneva team.
The worlds as they are know featured teams from the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Following a countdown, both teams charge the ball which is called the joust . A player may hit the ball in two ways: a shot or a shuffle .
First prize for each tournament was tickets to the World Championships in Philadelphia. Some cities also impose a time limit, which is informally invoked by spectators as play draws on. A player who dabs (touches the ground with their foot) must undertake some form of remedial penalty before making contact with the ball again.
The winners were Team Smile from Seatle who defeted the team from East Vancouver in a repeat of the North American final.