Hylon is one of the newer players within Lancaster United and is without a doubt one of the most well mannered. He’s impressed me both with his tenacity on the court and with his ability to read plays before they happen. I interviewed him recently to get his perspective on playing the game and where he hopes to go with it:
Tell me about your bike and your equipment
A Diamondback Ascent from the mid 80′s with nice 26″ Aeroheat wheels with Ribmo Panaracer’s which have made the biggest difference.
How long have you been playing?
A little over a year.
What position do you normally play (offense or defense/goalie/disruptor), and what position do you want to play?
Disruptor and cherry picking to stretch the defense. My goal is to be well rounded and supportive of whatever role is needed to help the team win.
What drove you to play bike polo, and what keeps you coming back?
Always looking for new challenges. I come back to improve, exercise and have fun.
What do you think you do well?
Corny as hell but its true, being a team player and playing a supportive role to give the best chance of winning.
What do you want to work on?
Everything, bike control, mallet control, marksmanship. Regarding style of play, improve patience and seeing the play develop. Ideally, I’m situating myself where the ball and myself are converging. Many of the sports I’ve played involve going to the ball with intensity and then the play ends. In bike polo, intensity can be defeating where you spend more time following rather than being in position to intercept/disrupt/receive the play.
Where do you see yourself (in this sport) in a few years?
Some of my favorite things to do are traveling and meeting people, so what could be better than traveling and playing bike polo with more regularity in new destinations.
What’s your nickname, and how did you get it?
Fat Stacks ~ I believe HBach came up with it after watching me pull out my big wad from my pants.
Anything you’d like to add?
I refer to ‘winning’ a bunch in this interview, but I don’t want to mislead what that really means. To me, ‘winning’ really means playing to the best of my abilities and having fun. I win every time when I meet those two goals. Also, I’d like to thank the Lancaster Polo community (especially Ted Hauser for the connection) for their support in keeping it fun and making it easy to play a sport that was initially intimidating.