You’re the newest player for Lancaster United, and that’s kindof awesome. How did you find out about us?
I’m not really sure. Actually that’s a lie. I think I was stalking Ted Houser’s facebook pictures on a boring night. Yes, I blame Ted.
What were your first impressions before playing your first game?
It looked like a lot of fun. I was excited, but scared that you guys were going to crash into me a lot and I’d fall off my bike a lot. I also thought that I would be really bad and never touch the ball.
What were they afterward?
It was more fun than I thought, and it’s not as scary (probably because I was playing little kids)! I definitely wanted to come back again.
You’re also the first female member of our club – how’s that going for you?
I chose this picture so you guys can see just how BA I am when I’m on my feet and not a bike. Plus my bicep isn’t even flexed but since we are playing in the winter, I wanted you to see what’s behind my “big ripping high speed polo shots” as Hollenbach calls it. Also because Ted may have taken it and who knew at that point he’d drag me into polo. Watch your backs fellas :)
It’s awesome! I’m usually up for anything and trying something once, so it doesn’t surprise me that I wanted to play, but I really am surprised there aren’t any more girls. (Most) all the guys have been really nice and taking it easy on me. Sometimes I wish another girl was there when you guys get into some ridiculous guy banter, but it’s ok…I just laugh or peddle away. Someday I won’t be so quiet….
What could we be doing better to welcome female players? What are we doing well?
Wear more deodorant. Just kidding
….I think more people just need to hear about it in general. What you are doing well is welcoming those who do want to come, and giving them tips while they are playing, loaning equipment to get people started and letting them have the ball every now and then. Also, now you have me to annoy some girls until someone finally caves and comes out.
What are some things you know you need to work on?
Not touching the ground. But starting tomorrow, my noob rule is over, so I have to tap in. I’m sure that’ll force me to try harder.
Also, everything related to my left side.
And not running over the ball.
And knowing when someone is trying to pass to me.
And since I crashed once, not being scared to crash again.
(I’ll stop there).
What is the one thing you think you’re doing well on?
Trash talking Gene.
Defense. Basically I just try to get in people’s way but that doesn’t always work.
Is there anything that you’re really intimidated by?
Yes- I thought you guys were all good, but then you invited guys from DC to play with us. That was intense, but that’s about it believe it or not.
(Yes, DC bike polo, you intimidated our newest player. Pat yourselves on the back)
Do you see yourself playing a year from now?
Yes! And I’m so excited about how good I’ll (possibly) be by then that I’m giggling as I type this.
What’s one thing that surprised you about bike polo that you didn’t know before you started playing?
How big of a sport it is. I had no clue about all the tournaments! I thought it was just something some guys in Lancaster were doing for fun.
What other sports have you played in the past?
Lots! Let’s see:
I started on swim team when I was 5. Let’s be honest. I was pretty awesome at this.
Then I added soccer (on an all boys team when I was little so maybe this is a trend?)
Basketball (not so awesome)
In college I played intramural floor hockey (I’m scared to admit that to you guys), volleyball, and football.
Last year I played on a dodgeball team.
I also run (did my first half in October!) and I love warrior dash and spartan sprint type races….ski/snowboard, and enjoy going mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, etc….if you count those as sports.
Yes- all the girls who aren’t playing are missing out! It’s a fun time, and I made fun new friends. I’m really glad I play.