Bike Polo is a sport consisting of 6 players divided into two teams of three players. The objective is to play until a team scores 5 points, or until 10 minutes have elapsed, whichever comes first. The rules vary from region to region, country to country, and continent to continent; but in tournaments there have been a determined set of rules by the governing body of bike polo (based in America) which is known as the league of bike polo. Take a moment to peruse the league of bike polo’s webpage, and even sign yourself up, if you haven’t already. There are plenty of ways to interact with members of other clubs, whether it is understanding the rules, looking at a tournament, learning about what gear works best, and more.
Here in Denver, we believe there are 3 general rules to live by
Rule 1) Don’t be a dick. This is self explanatory, don’t do things that hurt others intentionally, be social, talk to your opponents because most likely they will be your teammate next game. Everyone is learning this game and attitudes will be left at the door. Not being a dick also entails cleaning up after yourself at the courts, helping others when they need help (and even offering your help in advance), and overall making everything positive.
Rule 2) Observe the North American set of rules. This means plug your bar ends, cap your mallets, engage only in like contact (body/body,bike/bike,mallet/mallet) where you do not cross the line (incidental mallet/body and bike/mallet, etc, is acceptable but purposeful contact is not). You don’t need to jab your elbow into someone’s ribs, hack their mallet with excessive force, or ride your bike into theirs at a high speed. It’s just a game, that has its own set of rules, and here in Denver we try appeal to the casual player while giving the competitive players a chance to practice.
Rule 3) Have Fun Bike Polo is a very obscure sport that many people do not understand and that means we are amongst the few generations to play it, especially on hardcourt surfaces. There has to be a reason, why we would play in 90 degree heat on top of concrete surfaces, and ride long distances on ratios like 35-22 and such, and more. That reason is; this game is fun. Enjoy it while it lasts.
This Page will show you the How to’s of bike polo equipment, including building a polo bike, building a polo mallet and building a disc wheel for protection of your rim. It is run by Doug D from NYC Bike Polo. hardcourtbikepolo.com