An oldie but a goody.
An oldie but a goody.
An oldie but a goody.
Liam Gilson of Minneapolis loves shooting film photos of bike polo in action. Check out his work from this years tournament!
Now that the concrete has been power washed, the boards are back at the warehouse, and the Oval’s skateboarders have returned, we have a moment to reflect on the past weekend. And what a weekend! Below is our thanks, not in order by any means.
Gary Crandall – I finally understand the etymology of the ‘Crandall Award’. Thank you sir for all you have done for us and over the years!
Mr Do and his great live stream
Vince and his wonderful podium!
To all the players! You have showed some major skill improvements, keep it up!
Last but not lease, MPLS BIKE POLO for pulling together again and making this happen.
And thank you all!
To us behind the scenes, this is what the weekend looked like to us.
Once again, Minneapolis bike polo and the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association are proud to present NAHBPC 2014. Friday, July 11, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014
Black Star Bags
Location: (no alcohol)
Roseville Ice Center
2661 Civic Center Drive
See map:Google Maps
8:30am: AM Rules and refs meeting, bike checks, waivers, etc…
9am-2pm: Morning group, 24 teams
1pm: PM Rules and refs meeting, bike checks, waivers, etc…
2pm-7pm: Afternoon group, 24 teams
7pm: Organisers meeting
8:30: Refs meeting
9am-12pm: Top 18 group (note, this is a change from last year’s NAs, where the top teams played in the evening. At the worlds the top teams voted to play in the AM, so we’ll stick with that, and the rest can have a late start, or help out)
12pm-7pm: Bottom 30 group
7pm: Organisers Meeting
8:30: Refs meeting
9am: Top 28 Double Elim (Top 18, plus the best 10 teams of the bottom group. The top 4 teams get a bye in the first round)
Contact info: email@example.com
Last night’s experiment of blasting Lily Allen during polo was interesting at the best. Soon as there was a break in the game, players would try and get their phone plugged in to change up the tunes. So why does Lily Allen’s music not work well with polo? Just not aggressive enough? Too much pop in a short period of time? Really this experiment just raises more questions about polo players then it ever answered.
However we did find that players were content with more underground’ish hip-hop. Aggressive, loud, and funny seemed to be what the mood calls for.
Lizzo knocks it out of the park for polo most of the time.
While Awkwafina brings the funnies.
Or if you want to get really weird, here is some aggressive pop for your earballs.
Dudes. Gals. I’m am so pumped, and this tournament is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Like, holler out out your window to it, and it’s all, “Yeah, I’m COMING RIGHT UP!”
Now, we love all you teams that qualified. We truly do. However, there are (as I write this) still 9 teams who haven’t pitched in their fee. We need you to pay the registration fee by August 9th OR FACE THE SHAME CAVE. These funds are exactly what we need in order to do things like, oh, I dunno, host a big tournament. Turns out our brutish charm and cheese-ball grins don’t pay for lumber and food like they used to, so your cooperation in that is greatly appreciated. All information needed to complete that part of the deal is in your registration email. THANKS.
Don’t forget! Registration party at the Hexagon Bar, located at 2600 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, on Thursday night. We’ll have pick-up at McRae Park, which is at 906 E 47th Street, Minneapolis, earlier in the evening for folks who are into that sort of thing.
A little bird told me that some of you precious flowers have been murmuring things like, “Heyyyyy, man, those courts are a reeeeeeally long bike ride from where I’m being housed, and I don’t think I can hack it.” Fret not, my babies. We got a school bus that will pick you up at designated times and locations that are a much shorter bike ride from the floor you’re sleeping on. Now, if you can’t get your tuckus out of your bedroll in time to catch that wondrous wagon, well, then you’re just gonna have to hack it, sport.
Speaking of hacking it, have I told you we’re having side hack races around the Oval?! Yup. Bet your bippy on it. So, get rad, get in the hack, and hold on. Winner takes all bragging rights about winning.
While we’re probably going to be pretty lenient with the side hack certification, we ARE looking for folks who know the rules to ref this deal. This year, with the help of NAH, we’re making sure refs officiating games are not just good looking, but SMART and know the rules. They have been subjected to a GRUELING (kidding, it’s not, at all) test. Think you have what it takes? You should try it out. Super duper reffing test We’re also asking that at least one member of each team take the test, even if you have no machinations to ref a game.
Ahhh, yes (tents fingers), RULES. I should let you know that even though we all fantasized about being Mad Max and Tank Girl at some point, there ARE rules about how the bike you’re riding and the mallet you’re using need to be set up in order to be a legal force to be reckoned with on tournament courts. Here’s a refresher on the ruleset we will be using to OKAY your bike and mallet for play.
§2.3.1 – The bicycle has at least one braking mechanism.
§126.96.36.199 – A fixed gear drive train with foot retention on both pedals qualifies as a braking mechanism.
§188.8.131.52 – The handlebars are plugged or capped.
§184.108.40.206 – The chain is on the outermost chain ring or there is a bash guard.
§220.127.116.11 – There are no racks, fenders, bottle cages, saddlebags or other additions to the bicycle
specifically designed to block the ball.
§18.104.22.168.1 – Wheel covers, which cover the spokes of the wheel, are an exception to §22.214.171.124 and are permitted.
§126.96.36.199 – There are no sharp edges, points, loose screws, or otherwise unsafe parts
(at the discretion of the referee).
§2.4 – Mallets
§2.4.1 – Shaft
§188.8.131.52 – The shaft is made of metal or carbon fiber.
§184.108.40.206 – The gripped end of the shaft is plugged or sealed.
§220.127.116.11 – The shaft does not protrude through the bottom of the mallet head.
§2.4.2 – Mallet head
§18.104.22.168 – The mallet head is made of plastic.
§22.214.171.124 – The mallet head is securely fastened to the shaft.
§126.96.36.199 – The mallet head is a maximum of 180mm (7”) in length.
§188.8.131.52 – The inner diameter of any hole on the mallet head may not exceed 57mm (2.25”).
§2.4.3 – Dangerous mallets
§184.108.40.206 – The referee disallows the use of mallets that they deem dangerous.
Examples of dangerous mallets may include: Mallets that splinter, shatter, or break easily,
mallets with sharp protrusions, etc.
We will have a limited supply of bike parts for sale on site, along with tools and mechanics to amend any transgressions regarding your bikes or mallets.
Again, we’re forever grateful to our sponsors for helping us out with this, it’s gonna be awesome. Teams, we are so excited to have you in our fabulous city. Even you, Milwaukee.
Summary: Tournament soon, PAY UP SUCKAS, transportation to the courts, side hack races, omgwtfbbq, RULES SCHMULES but no seriously, rules, Mad Max need not apply.
Welp! We had a hell of shin dig. Between the Alleycat Fundraiser and the Raffle and Silent auction party at Dangerous Man Brewing facilitated by raffle prize-slinging cyborgs and the Dark Lord Satan himself (the guy in the back), our club was able to raise some dough towards our next endeavor.
We are forever grateful to our awesome sponsors, Penn Cycle, Banjo Brothers Bags, MPLS Bike Love, BEARD BAGS, Twin Six, ABUS, DZR Shoes, Adam Turman, Brian Beatty, Up The Mountain Down The Mountain, Ginny Marie Herman, Residue Comics, Global Citizens Network, MEAT MANE (a meat party bike delivered to your party), Uptown Tattoo, Buffalo Exchange, PAW – A Pet Care Company, and especially the amazing staff at Dangerous Man Brewing Co!!!
Everything in the silent auction sold, included a custom BIG SHOT provided by Penn Cycle. The lucky gal who out-bid everyone was happy to be getting a new bike and was anxious to see if she could try it out on the polo courts. Hey, man, the more the merrier at pick-up, I say. The night went smoothly, even with a line of people waiting outside to get in. Folks who made it in the doors were grateful for the raffle prizes and the deliciously high alcohol content of the beer. Frankly, we’re utterly shocked that so many of you like us and are THAT good looking.
So, you know what’s next, right?
2013 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships! AUGUST 16-18 at the ROSEVILLE OVAL
We are so excited to host this tournament, there’s nary a pair of clean pants among us and all of our hand gestures have been diminished to “HELL YES” fist pumps, very much to the chagrin of our day-job coworkers.
Mr. Do was out this weekend, getting on-location shots for the amazing montage sequences that will accompany the livestream of this event. That’s right. If you can’t travel to Minnesota to watch this rad tournament, can’t be bothered to put pants on, or if trolling chatroll is where you shine, check out bikepolo.tv and follow the results at http://www.followpodium.com/. We’ll have Zachary Bloomington and super special guest announcer MACHINE, along with Mr. Do, Johnny Slurwheel, and Sweet Jenn providing color commentary, play by play, and player interviews along with the livestream of the tournament games.
If you’re unfamiliar with the world of polo, let me assure you, this is a big deal. Don’t say it isn’t. It is.
If you are in need of housing as a travelling player, please fill out THIS FORM asap, and we’ll find you a place to stay.
If you live in MSP, and you can PROVIDE housing to travelling players, please fill out THIS FORM.
More information and ramblings to come!
Blog Post summary: Polo is awesome, cyborgs, satan, we like money and sponsors, tournament, tournament housing, and we love you.