Being part of a bike polo club isn’t easy. We like to say that it is, of course. That we’re just a bunch of people who love bikes and happy-fun-times and getting our daily troubles out of our hair by whacking a ball around a court. But someone who says that and actually believes it has never tried to organize a clubwide shirt buying attempt. Or tried to organize a tourney. Or tried to decide on what to get on their pizza with two other people.
The truth of it is, there will always be people who want to organize bike polo as much as they can, and there will be people who don’t. The problem with this is clear (or should be): the people who want organization are going to be hard up for support, most times, from the club itself. In our club, the mover and shaker is Horse, and I feel damned sorry for him most days.
As an Eastside Rep, Horse is in a good position to understand some of the patterns and positions that bike polo as a whole are taking. He sees a bigger picture than some other polo players who aren’t involved in the NAH or other clubs. He looks at things as a complete map of the poloverse, whereas you and I might just look at our club or even just a subset of that.
It means, for poor Horse, that he oftentimes looks for standardization and competition. I don’t mean this as a negative (though we often go after him as a rules enforcer), what I mean is he’s very aware of the standards of polo, and he gets frustrated when those standards aren’t followed. Likewise, he gets wrapped up in the quagmire of club organization, and that’s enough to drive anyone crazy.
I imagine there is a guy like Horse in every club: someone who really wants to make the club as strong as it can be while still having fun and not offending too many people in the process. Someone who can’t understand why people don’t want to advance the club’s ability and legitimacy in the bike polo world-at-large. I bet there’s a guy like him – and that all of them contemplate taking up another sport, from time to time.
I don’t think I have much of a point to this post, other than this: I feel ya, Caesar. You’re trying to do the best you can, but you’re not getting the support you need nor the conviction of your club mates. It’s tough. I get it. But I think you’re a necessary part of the sport and that we’d be at a loss without the people who try to drive their clubs to be the best they can be.