Well, if you haven’t guessed it already, today’s earlier post was a direct result of a situation a few pickup days ago. And here, dear readers, is the response from another player.
Pickup days, egos, And being OK with what is.
Yes, our club has a good mix of what we’d call A and B players (A and B being relative only to the skill level within our club, as I’m often reminded when I travel to tourneys to get my ass humbly handed to me) On pickup days we try to mix it up, keep everyone interested, and have fun all while maintaining a relatively high level of play.
The previous article had some big flaws in my mind, and I’d like to counter them.
First off; check your math, and your bias. The Fox News of B players might think that the arrangement of the throws makes a difference but it doesn’t. All throw, A, B, repeat, and All throw B, A, repeat all give you the same likelihood of double sitting for your respective skill level. If there are more than six A players, the A player is more at risk for sitting. More B players, then the B player is more at risk for sitting.
Last night was a perfect example. We had probably 10 of what our club would call A players, and 2 B players. Some A players didn’t get to play in a single A game all night. It happens.
What would be more inconsistent is letting that B player or A player mess up the structure just because he’s crabby today and doesn’t want to sit anymore.
Secondly, it’s not discrimination, nor is it keeping you from attaining “A” status. Instead of looking at your B game as the losers group (which is both sad, and insulting to the other newcomers in that B group), why not try and play as best you can, and learn from them? Utilize some tactics you’re seeing the A players use, and try them on your own? Don’t try and tell me that no one in your B game has something you could learn from… just don’t. Even our A players can learn something from watching B games. So stop crying, again.
Another good point to consider is the reason we separate A and B games. Imagine Johnny Tournament and Sammie Newcomer on the court at the same time. Johnny Tournament wants to play to the best of his ability, meaning fast, precise, and intense polo, while Sammie Newcomer is still figuring out how to hold his mallet, control the ball, and brake at the same time. Someone’s gonna get hurt if they’re both turning it up to 11. That’s why we have all throw games, and they’re played at a safe level for all on the court. A and B games allow those players with similar skill levels to play at the best of their ability without worrying about running into an out of control new comer, or without feeling dominated by an advanced player.
If you’re a B player, and when you’re not in the game you’re just thinking about you’re “not good enough” then you need to work on your self-esteem. There are people in this sport who are worlds better than you, and me, and that’s just the nature of it. Sitting out games isn’t personal. Instead of complaining, use your time on the court to improve, and then come play in the A game when the time is right.
No one listens to people who outcry when they’re not getting play time, because we’re all here for the same reason, and unless we’re purposefully keeping you out of all the games, then you’re just making more noise than the rest of us.
Lastly, and more for just my amusement… consider your last statement:
• Listen to those who outcry when they’re not getting play time… because let’s face it, polo is a damn good time spent with friends, so don’t bugger it up with bullshit because some jackass is not willing to adjust the order they’ve setup themselves as “Polo Master.”
This is contradictory to your whole point of the article. This “some jackass” isn’t willing to adjust the order because the order was working all night. The “some jackass” could just as easily be the B player who was crying about not getting in enough games.