Tuesday, January 12, 2010

South Side Happy Hour Bike Polo: TONIGHT!

It's Tuesday, and that means Happy Hour Bike Polo will be in effect for the after-work crowd down at Joslin park just south of Ben White between 5 and 10.

We started playing these South side pick-up games about a month and a half ago. I think part of what has made them a success is that we get players of all skill levels.

Its easy to rely on experienced folks to come out whenever they can, and once they catch the bug, even players with moderate experience are likely to keep showing up. The trick is getting beginners to give it a shot, and to show them a good time.

With that in mind, Robert and I have been talking about encouraging would-be first timers to join us on Tuesdays. The level of play will still be competitive for any skill level, but you're more likely to see teams with one beginner, one moderate, and one experienced player rather than feeling like you're the only beginner on the court.

Miguel and Annie have been pretty great about bringing cones, balls, and extra mallets, so grab a bike and BYOB -- See ya'll tonight!

Some programing notes for this evening:

A few of our South Side regulars will be back on their home turf hot off the heels of tournament wins in Dallas; where the ATX teams took 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th last weekend. Make sure you give them all a pat on the back (or better yet a beer!)

League play is coming to Austin! This is the last week to sign up for the free spring league, here

Also, I hear Jason (Mr. ATXBS.com himself) will be joining us this evening to show off his brand spanking new polo bike, which I can't wait to see. If you've ever wondered about building a polo specific bike I'm sure he'd be willing pass along some knowledge. You might also want to bring your kid sister's huffy just to remind him a special bike does not a polo player make ;)

Lastly, Kevin floated the idea of leaving polo a little early this evening for a bit of caving on the greenbelt. The cave he has in mind is pretty tricky I hear, but he's been down there a few times and has some spare knee pads, so I'm in. If you bring a headlamp and feel up to it I bet he wouldn't mind if a couple others tagged along.

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