Monday, November 30, 2009
Post up responses scheduling concerns, ideas, etc. up here so we can iron out the details and get this in motion.
Hope everyone is ready for December and keep coming out for polo!
x's and o's,
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Yep you heard right, when Mo, Charlie and I were traveling across the East coast, we had to stop by the pit. Doug D was there to take some pics and play, and man let me tell you, the play is way different in New York City... they are all so talented. Loved watching and playing the little bit I did. Here is the link to the pics he posted, if you haven't been to Doug's website then you don't take this game serious enough... Hardcourtbikepolo.com, come one, tell me you haven't run a search and seen that shit.... if you haven't, then check it out now!!!
We actually met up with 2 guys from Albany and 1 guy from DC came up to play with us at the pit. This was an awesome day! Rode around Brooklyn, played in two different locations, ate some cheap ass dumplings in China town, met a lot of really good polo players and got schooled by all of 'em! I loved it!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
One of the good things about going up to the Columbia Midwestern's was the chance to get hold of one of these capped mallet heads from St. Cago Polo Works, which is Lucky of St. Louis. At the tournament, he had a box full of the 3 different mallet heads he made, the double capped, the single capped, and the small diameter double capped. I couldn't resist. So, I bought one of each. After the tournament, I was compelled to buy another single capped, which Israel has already bought off me. After playing with the single capped at the New Orleans Tournament, I am convinced of it's abilities. It's magical! Not really, but it's fun to play with...
Click the image above to read about it at Urban Velo and check out bikepolo.ca (leagueofbikepolo.com) to order some from Lucky, if you're interested. Otherwise, I've got some yellow and blue head materials to make more than a few mallets. Let me know at polo. Unfortunately we didn't pick up any ski poles when we were up north, but there may be some in the used sporting equipment section at some Goodwills and other thrift stores. Goodluck!
For the last few days, you may have noticed that the URL bikepolo.ca has not been working. We are currently up and running and http://www.leagueofbikepolo.com, it's unclear right now if it's the final home. Sorry for any confusion the last few days...
But on to more exciting news...
1) European Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships will be taking place in Geneva, Switzerland... dates TBD. Check out their plans here:
2) The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships will be taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Check out their plans here:
http://www.leagueofbikepolo.com/bid/nahbpc2010/madison. Boston also put together a great bid for this tournament, which will hopefully become the groundwork for some other awesome tournament.
3) Berlin is preparing to host the World Championships. See their plans here: http://www.leagueofbikepolo.com/bid/whbpc2010/berlin
Dates have been proposed for all these events but i'm not sure if any of them are final, i'm guessing they'll be finalized before the new year.
Between now and these tournaments, the League of Bike Polo will be getting a pretty significant overhaul, including better design, lots of new features for club and team listings, and a better home page suited to a broader audience.
See you at the court."
Yay! Looks like Madison is the spot to be next year for the Nationals... and if one feels compelled, Berlin is the spot for the Worlds next year!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
It's a sad day, I know. It's Thursday and we should meet to play some polo this afternoon, but alas, it's also Turkey day. Which, for most of us, means spending time with that group of people we call Family, no no not our polo family, but our other family... the ones who raised us, fed us, clothed us, and generally took good care of us as we grew into the magnificent people we are today. So on this Thursday with no polo, be thankful for what you have... and be happy, 'cause we will meet again on Sunday to feed our polo hunger.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Since the World's in Philadelphia, a concerned group of our fellow polo players have been discussing and debating how to begin what lately many of us online have been alluding to often: an organizing body, one which will help us collectively accomplish very reasonable tasks and will markedly improve the overall quality of our tournaments. Here we are presenting a plan and a process to achieve this end, wherein our first job will be to choose the host city for our North Americans in 2010. Upon completion of this task, we can begin to lay the foundation for a talented organizing body to nurture and build bike polo in the future.
The first order of business will be managing the bid process for NAHBPC 2010. as follows:
- November 14th 11:59pm PST: Deadline for NAHBPC bids, which can be submitted at http://bikepolo.ca/node/add/bid
- November 15th-17th: Q&A about the bids open to all, at http://bikepolo.ca/bids
- November 18th 12:01am PST: Voting opens
- November 20th 11:59pm PST: Voting closes
The pilot organizing body will first be responsible for evaluating bids from candidate cities, voting on them, and choosing a host for the 2010 NAHBPC. Below, listed by region and city, are 24 members of our community who have considerable experience organizing major bike polo tournaments or otherwise have played a significant role in the development of the game in each region.
|Middle East |
K Really, Atlanta
Amandaconda Tampa Bay
Jeff n-o-d PHX
You may be asking how and why this group of 24 was selected. As mentioned above, experience was a major factor. The experience found in this group will be invaluable in guiding our decisions in the early going. Balance was another. Care was taken to ensure the body has diversity - of experience, of involvement, of personnel, and of regional representation. At this stage, regional representation comprises four representatives from six regions, all of which will be adapted to reflect growth and change. In creating the infrastructure for this body, a more formal voting process will emerge wherein elected regional representatives will be determined from elected city representatives.
Two other possibilities were "one player, one vote" and "one city, one vote", both of which were considered seriously and debated at length. Both of these systems have obvious merit and, as mentioned above, we'll eventually be using the element of city representation. But, by themselves, these possibilities pose a significant challenge related to verifying the eligibility of voters, a task for which we have insufficient time before needing to resolve the bid process for the 2010 NAHBPC. Unfortunately, having an account on bikepolo.ca or posting a club on the clubs page is simply not, at this point, a viable way of establishing eligibility.
Establishing such a viable, democratic organizing body is well within the realm of possibility for 2010. It should be stressed that the list above is simply a provisional organizing body that will be able to confidently direct and guide our efforts until a more formal system is in place. Contacting any one of your regional representatives through bikepolo.ca with any questions you may have is strongly encouraged.
OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
Here are the other tasks that this provisional organizing body will be prioritizing further down the road.
Winter 2010: Work with major tournament organizers (NAHBPC, regional tournaments like West side, ESPI, etc) to establish a unified approach to sponsors. This effort will build off the sponsor materials originally created by the committee that organized the NAHBPC 2008 in Seattle.
Winter 2010: Establish a viable decision-making structure for the organizing body, including voting process, regions, etc..
Spring 2010: Launch a public-facing website about North American Hardcourt.
Spring 2010: Establish bid process for determining NAHBPC 2011, and work with polo communities in Europe, South America, Oceania and Asia to establish a bid process for determining the WHBPC 2011. By the time NABHPC and WHBPC roll around in summer 2010, we will already know who is hosting the 2011 tournaments.
Other potential tasks:
- Develop a "how to organize a tournament" resource.
- Examine the feasibility of creating a unified rule set for tour circuit tournaments.
- Keep the stakes low: For the moment, we feel that we can achieve a lot with little or no budget. This may change later. But for the time being keeping finances out of the early going will greatly benefit our progress. We will simply facilitate ensuring that the sponsor money/prizes gets to the intended tournament organizers. This will better allow tourney organizers to focus on courts, housing, etc.
- Regional representation: The benefits of coordination will be felt equally throughout all six regions mentioned above. For example, when it's time to choose the location of the Southeast Side Invite, the task will be left up to regional representatives and city reps within the region.
- Cooperation with polo organizers beyond North America. Given the difficulty of developing a global organizing structure, we will need to work closely with polo communities in Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania - wherever else polo springs up - on issues of WHBPC, sponsors, etc. with special emphasis on maintaining consistent communication.
Our goal is to ensure that both tournament organizers and sponsors get what they need to create a consistent tournament standard. We plan to take this one careful step at a time, starting with the 2010 N.A. bid. After accomplishing this, the organizing body will look to designing a more refined, objective process by which to elect the representative body in the future, as well as begin building better relationships with prominent and potential sponsors.
A sincere thanks to everyone who helped us in getting this far. This could not have happened without the cooperation and hard work of people in our community who love the game and want to see it flourish. Truth is, our list above could be twice the size. People from all corners of North America took the time to talk and critique, not only with those doing the typing but with each other and their local communities. It is a team game we play and it is reasonable to expect great things from our efforts toward organizing - as a team.
With great anticipation and excitement we present this work for our North American Hardcourt organizing body. Let's see what we can do.
the discussion has continued on the forum located here: NaHardcourt
and it seems that Austin, being grouped with the southeast for now, will have a representative to HELP spread the representation more equally across our currently giant region.(although this is not illustrated in the regional reps list above)
With all that being said, several people have expressed interest in having me (rob) help represent our region. The only reason for this is because of my role in organizing bike polo here. I'm only writing this to make it known, not to brag. (nah nah nah nah naaah nah.) This is not necessarily permanent, so if any of you feel more capable, the time will come, be patient.
I know of only a few of you who are interested in this serious NAHBP discussion, but I'd like for more of you to become interested. This is a big deal for this sport and as you can read above, it will make us more legitimate, which for our own interest could lead to us gaining more respect from our local city reps and deps. Think about the possibilities!!!
So my advice, read the discussions, ignore the bullshit bickering, and let's help shape this organizing body and how it effects us regionally/nationally/worldwide.
more to come on this topic.....
props if you read all this too!
Monday, November 23, 2009
There were close to 20 teams, representing several different states, that showed up for New Orleans First Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament. The Nola guys did an excellent job building boards for two courts they created in an open parking lot close to downtown. It was rainy the first day and the courts were slick, so play was slower and a lot of teams ended up tying their games.
Austin had 3 teams go out to represent our club. Mo, Jasmine, and Annie, who changed their team name from when they played in Como, did well representing our ladies. Israel, Dan, and Casey, Team Dan, also did really well, upsetting some teams who thought they were better. Miguel, Charlie and I, Team Hymen, I'm back (previously Team Hymen, I'm home), took home the Gold, giving the ATXBPSC it's first tournament win. Our team went undefeated the whole weekend with a record of 8-0-2. We even had to play our boys Team Dan and almost had to play our ladies team. Israel was voted MVP of the tournament and won an awesome Milwuakee polo guard, so watch out y'all, he is now heavily armed!
We all did well to represent our club. I hope more of you will go to some of these tournaments in the Future. They are way too much fun! The polo community is strong, indeed, and it's so worth the trip just to watch.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This weekend we are hitting up both Philly and NYC, which apparently both have really great polo scenes... I hope they are as great as the last cities we've been in. Each place gets better and better, I hope this trend continues.
As much as I miss all of you in ATX, I don't really want to come back! Ha, this is too much fun! Here are some more pics from our trip!
We couldn't get a group shot of the polo guys/gals, but that's Brad who co-runs Urban Velo, and happens to be one hell of a polo player.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
TAKING 6th PLACE OUT OF 42 TEAMS--I THINK WE DID A DAMN GOOD JOB!
THANK YOU ROBERT AND CHARLIE FOR TEAMING WITH ME AND HELPING US ALL SHOW WHAT THE ATX HAS GOT-
now time for new orleans!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you guys didn't attend the Dropout release party, like me, then you may not have seen one of these little magazines yet. I got a copy from Mo the other day and have since then read through most of it. I like it. Lots of different stuff happening in there, reflective of a lot of the Austin bike scenes. I'm not going to review it, because that's not what this site is for. But, speaking of Mo, she wrote a nice little article in there about her first experiences coming out to bike polo. If you haven't seen it, you should read it. It's interesting, to me at least, to hear about how people hear and feel about what we've got going on here. I suspect a lot of you had similar experiences. Mine was. Well I hope I don't piss anyone off, but I'm going to post the article on here to see. (Sorry Scott and Leana.) If you want to read it in real life high definition, go buy a copy or find a friend who has a copy. These may suffice for some of you!
I really like the way they put the mallet toss photos in there! Awesome!