April 11. 2010. 2pm
Foothills Community Park – roller hockey rinks
hardcourt bike polo is coming to boulder, co. on 4/11/10, we are organizing folks to come up from denver (Denver Mallet Mafia) and perhaps a few people from colorado springs (Peak Region Polo) to give boulder a taste of what hardcourt bicycle polo is all about. we will provide mallets and objects to strike so just bring a bike that you won’t be losing sleep over should a stray mallet/ball/foot try and occupy the same bit of space-time.
but wait, what is hardcourt bike polo…?
hardcourt bike polo is team sport typically played 3 on 3. the object of the game is to score on the opposing team’s goal. goals are scored by hitting the ball (typcially a roller-hockey ball) off the round/disk end(s) of the mallet; anything that goes off the long side of the mallet is considered a “shuffle” and doesn’t count. goals are typically cones or a hockey-sized goal/net. players can ride on any type of bicycle they prefer, but if their foot touches the ground during play (whether accidental or forced) they are out-of-play until they tap back in, at a designated object or point on the court. courts vary in size and shape and are usually dependent on what’s available. having fixed “boards” or a boundary to the court greatly facilitates in continuous play. in boulder we are lucky enough to have a public park that includes two little-used roller hockey courts which turns out to be an ideal size for polo.
foothills community park: directions from downtown boulder
during pickup, teams are decided randomly prior to each game: from a pile of six mallets one person randomly/evenly divides the mallets. then sides are taken and the game begins. every game starts with a “joust”, where both teams charge the ball in the center of the court. this a just a quick way to determine initial possession. first to 5 goals (or, if there are more people waiting and games are moving too slow, highest score after 10min) wins.
for more information and a sense of the “poloverse”: leagueofbikepolo.com
and from that site, here’s a map of the self proclaimed clubs of the world so you can see what you’re getting yourself into…
see you on the courts!