Archive for Interviews

VANDALrgz: Giving Bike Polo its Style

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VANDALrgz was first spotted, (in my case), at Worlds in 2013–and from that time to now the clothing company has sprouted up everywhere you look when it comes to bike polo tournaments and culture. I managed to pin down Malakai Edison and Spencer Sward for this interview regarding what VANDALrgz is, what it does, and what they hope it will be in the future.

Who are you, and what are you making/how did you get started?

We are Malakai Edison and Spencer Sward. We have been playing Bike Polo for 5 years and instantly fell in love with the game and the culture. We are thoroughly invested in the Bike Polo community, Bike Polo lifestyle, and see Bike Polo as an integral part of our identity. VANDALrgz began as a late night conversation after polo. (Malakai:) I told Spencer about these dreams that I had been having about starting a lifestyle brand that centered around Bike Polo. I wanted to join in the growth of Polo as a larger form of expression, much like skateboarding.

VANDALrgz_WE-1Spencer and I had both grown up as skaters and witnessed the the strength of the skateboarding scene. I explained my vision for what I saw was possible in the future and Spencer immediately said he wanted to be involved. We immediately began meeting regularly to go over designs I was working on. Themes began materializing including the Three Hearted Octopus, Watermelon, the 8 Pointed Star, and Vandalism. We both have Fine Arts degrees and Spencer was receptive to my insisting to really develop the theme, logo, and over all branding of the project. I kept drawing and getting more confident with the cohesive collection of imagery that I had been amassing.

In 2013 we had our soft launch of a few products and the creation of our online store and the VANDALrgz brand. We agreed that our brand wouldn’t be about making money, but instead fostering another part of the Bike Polo scene that was not only centered around equipment. Sean Ingram of Fixcraft was a huge supporter from the get go and encouraged us to do something all our own.

A big part of VANDALrgz is the “polo is life” mantra–how do you sustain that?

“i LIVE BIKE POLO” is as simple as it sounds, we see Bike Polo as an identity. Just like with our pasts in skateboarding, we identify as Bike Polo players. It is not only a sport, it is a style… a community… a culture… Bike Polo is one of those action sports just like skateboarding or surfing and has a whole culture that goes along with it. Bike Polo is often how we live. We approach BIKE POLO with the mediums of Art, Music, and Apparel.

What is the rgz of the VANDALrgz? I just want to know.

VANDALrgz can be pronounced VANDAL-ragz or vandal r-g-z. The rgz refers to ones style, fashion, or look. rgz could be synonymous with “colors” or flag or crest.

What separates your clothing from what I could buy in other places?

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An Interview with Bobbi and Jackie, A Talk About Inclusion

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Note: I don’t know who took that featured image of Jackie, but it’s great and I want to know. 

I’ve always believed that bike polo is, and has the chance to be, a model for other sports when it comes to how we address players who do not live by what our culture as a whole deems “traditional”. I use that word in full knowledge of how backwards it is, but it’s exactly how a good portion of America and indeed the world approach people who have identified in a way that isn’t the same way as the majority.

Bike polo, however, having formed up not so long ago, didn’t need to have the baggage of sports that were either separated by gender (or, hell, skin color), and also didn’t need to carry the testosterone-take-all mentality of other sports–not that we are clear of that, though.

When I came up with the desire to do this article, I was horrified. Not because of the topic, but because of the people I knew I needed to interview. Jackie and Bobbi are institutions in our sport–at least to me. Both represent players who are deeply involved in bike polo and who I deeply respect.

Th being said, I was also horrified of offending these two by saying something horribly wrong or insensitive. Being a PA boy in Lancaster doesn’t necessarily afford me much exposure to all the lifestyles that people have someone who hasn’t gone out of their way to better understand transgender people, I knew that there was a high likelihood that I’d put my foot in my mouth unintentionally and offend either of these ladies.

Still, I reached out to them both, and they both were quite willing to be interviewed. Below you’ll find the answers to my questions that both Jackie (J) and Bobbi (B) provided:

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Bike polo is, despite attempts otherwise, a very heterosexual white male dominated sport. Why do you choose to be part of it?

(J) I do my best to stay competitive, but what I ultimately get from it is a momentary break from the rest of the world, in which I face many hurdles, get harassed, etc.. I choose to be part of bike polo because it’s a place where — despite the lack of diversity — I feel comfortable and safe.

(B)  I like bike polo for the bikes and the polo. I started playing as a commuter looking for more bike orientated activities to do and polo fit the bill.

Were you both self-identified as transgender before you started playing?

(J) My first foray into polo was in 2009 in NYC. I played there for a few months before moving to Philadelphia. It was at some point while I was in Philly that I started to question what has been going on with my gender and why I felt the way I did, which I couldn’t explain at the time. I wasn’t out then, but as I moved back to NYC I began figuring things out, meeting other trans people, and started the process of coming out.

Most of the veterans of NYC bike polo didn’t really remember me since I had only come out a handful of times before moving, but that worked to my benefit since I could introduce myself to them and everyone else the way I now identify, with my preferred pronouns (she/her/hers) and name.

 (B) I started playing when still presenting as male, even to myself.

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Bobbi (photo by Cris Klee)

Bobbi, you just recently came out (this year, in fact)–how has the response been to that declaration in your bike polo community?

 Bike polo has been nothing if not supportive about my coming out as trans. Seriously, I got far more polo friends wishing me support and letting me know they are around if I need it than any other group in my life. I didn’t notice any polo people that unfriended me from FB. I’ve found the girls I know in polo have been super supportive and I may have fielded a request for LA once or twice already.

On the other side of that, Jackie, you’ve been playing for quite a while longer while identified as transgender. How do people approach you on that? Does it come up often or do people just not talk about it?

Although I’ve always had a lot of anxiety as to how people might react, I’ve found that pretty much everyone has been super respectful and supportive. I was got really worried before registering for LA6, but after talking to the (amazing) organizers about it felt more confident. They said something like “You identify as a woman, and it’s a women’s only tournament – I don’t see what the problem is.” And that was that, it wasn’t brought up again, it just was what it was. I really appreciate that I’m accepted for who I am and don’t constantly need to have discussions about it. At the end of the day, I just want to be out there playing polo like everyone else, not thinking about my gender all the time. Read more

Interview with 2014 Mexico Regional Qualifier Winners, Niño Dios

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Donas, Raul, and Nacho of Niño Dios were kind enough to let me interview them about the tournament, their team, and bike polo in Mexico. I am so excited to feature that interview here! They are going to North Americans this year, and are hoping to go to Worlds as well.

Congratulations! Tell me who you are and what club(s) you come from.

Donas: I´m Yair, people call me  “Donas”

Raul: Hey! My name is Raúl from Bici Polo Tapatío, born and raised in Guadalajara.

Nacho: First of all, thank you Crusher. We three are a team from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México (even the blonde one), and we’ve played together for three and a half years as part of Bici Polo Tapatío.

What was the tournament like? Anything unexpected happen?

D: The tournament was very exciting and fun. Good games and good attitude– that’s all you need to play polo.

R: The tournament was great. I was a little worried about getting the permit to play in that venue but everything worked out well, the courts were amazing!

Also, It was so much fun to have the best players from all around Mexico and a few internationals. I’m glad to see our polo familia grow every year.

N: The tourney was amazing, we as a team were also the main organizers, and I at least  thought that could affect our games, because it’s pretty hard to run an event and compete at the same time, but team work always works. It was nice to hear compliments all the time from my teammates and give it to them back too, I think that’s the key to victory.

niño dios mxq2014 (1)The Mexico region is one of the most up-and-coming regions in NAH–why do you think that is?

D: Cuz we look up to the ones that play better.

RWell, we have great players and the best weather to play year round. And now, some sweeeeeeet courts. Also my club is the best, awesome people having fun and willing to make anyone part of it.

N: Personally, I think the main reason is we all are pretty friendly, and it’s nice to be part of a community like this one, that’s why people wants to participate all the time, and as this time was the very first time we hosted an official NAH’s calendar tourney, the whole “Poloxico” was even more excited.

How do you think your region has been viewed by other regions?

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Hey Man, Nice Shirt: Interview with One to One Print Shop

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I had the good fortune to convince Kelli and Johnathon of One to One Print Shop to answer a few questions I had about their newest venture. What initially stuck me about their business was just how focused in it was on providing bike polo players with something that was generally difficult to pull off: high quality, cheap-to-buy shirts for tourneys and clubs. It seems like Kelli and Johnanthan are filling that gap while doing so much more, too.

photo-mainWho are you?

Johnathon McDowell and Kelli (Jurewicz) McDowell. We are parents, polo players and co-owners of a screen printing business!

How did you decide to open up a screen printing business?

We have over 15 years of screen printing experience between the two of us. I co-owned and operated a screen printing company in Florida for 6 years, and Johnathon had been working in the screen printing industry for over a decade. It only took good timing, some cash saving, and a little nudge to get Johnathon away from working for the man to start One to One Print Shop together.

PhotoGrid_1397452721251Are you specifically set up for polo players, or anyone?

We are set up for anyone, really. So far we have worked with local eateries, family reunion-ers and other small businesses. We are more in tune with the “little guy”. We aren’t trying to make a million, we are trying to provide printing services for people like us, those who don’t have a gob of money to drop on shirts but could benefit from selling a few.

What do you specialize in (what are you known for)?

Fast and efficient service without sacrificing quality. We take pride in what we do and we want our final product to reflect that accordingly.

IMG_20140507_163828That $40 dollar deal for 3 shirts–that’s a pretty sweet price for bike polo players. Why the generosity?

We designed the $40 deal for bike polo players because with the increasing cost to enter and travel to a tournament, having matching shirts seems like the last of your worries but it is still very crucial on the court. Most big screen printing businesses would either laugh at the idea of printing only three shirts, or charge you as if they will be printing high fashion designer shirts. No. We know you are going to be getting dirt, sweat (not only yours), and all of the grime that is bike polo on the shirts. You will take it home, maybe even wash it, and be forever reminded of that tournament. Personally, we cherish all the shirts we have collected over the years from bike polo gatherings, and we were beyond excited to provide something so memorable. Did we mention how legit you will look?

PhotoGrid_1394121084474What’s the coolest design you’ve been asked to do?

Jenny Scott’s Beer Goggles team shirts were pretty rad, that gal is off of her rocker and we love it! I also enjoyed printing the REFFIN AIN’T EASY shirts for Alias/The Eastside Thaw because well, it’s just true.

What separates you from other screen printing businesses?

Honestly the biggest difference is that we truly give a shit. We want folks to be able to show off the shirts they designed and be happy with the money they spent. This comes from the fact that we aren’t just in it for the money, we genuinely love printing. Our product is our advertisement, simply put.

IMG_20140501_165052Where do you see One to One going in the future?

Our hope is to stay small and busy. Luckily, things are going in that direction. “We print t-shirts for the American Working Man/Woman, because that’s who we are and that’s who we care about.”

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lastly, we are announcing that after the first of July we will be ending our 3 for $40 special for the year, so if that is something you want to take advantage of, get at us soon. We will be offering a City/Club/Team bulk order special for the remainder of the year so be on the lookout for that at www.onetooneprintshop.com or find/like us on Facebook, One to One Print Shop. Instagram as well, onetooneprintshop.

Meet the (Polo) Press: Virginia Castellan, GOALHOLE

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In my ongoing effort to capture every member of the Association of Bike Polo Journalists (like pokemon, I’ll add), I’d like to share this interview I recently did with my Aussie associate Virginia Castellan. From the moment GOALHOLE started, I knew it would be a website on par if not above my own efforts–and I comforted myself with the idea that GOALHOLE would focus only on the Australasian area of the planet. The website, however, quickly grew to cover polo all over the world, and I accepted that GOALHOLE would eclipse lancasterpolo in a matter of months.

But far from being upset about it, I enjoyed/enjoy the blog as much as everyone else! Here’s my interview with Virginia:

Tell me the origin story of your blog/how you got started writing about bike polo.

GOALHOLE started in March 2012. Ollie Wykeham and I thought that Australia and New Zealand needed a polo blog that was relevant to our region, up to date and fun. We were sick of other nameless Australian blogs just reposting stuff from overseas as though our own scenes counted for nothing. We wanted local content and most of all, original content. Bennett Rust got sick of us bitching about it so he made us GOALHOLE. Later Jamie Barber joined us.  Eventually we realised we had a bigger story to tell and opened GOALHOLE up for worldwide content. The boys don’t really do much any more but that’s another story :)

Why do you keep doing it?

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Interview with Ginyu Force, 2014 SEQ Winners

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Ginyu Force, winners of the Southeast Qualifiers held just last weekend, were willing to sit down with me (read: write me emails) to answer a few questions I had about their team, the event, and their region. I was so happy to have learned about their win and that they’ll be heading off to North Americans where hopefully they’ll give me a free beer or something. Maybe a hug.

I’ll let Ginyu Force introduce themselves for the uninitiated:

[We are] just some goofballs from Tallahassee, Fl. Probably the same as every college grad. Working multiple jobs, thinking too much about polo, saving up pennies for Fixcraft gear, and asking off for every other weekend. Florida is alright though. Year round polo isn’t so bad.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! https://www.facebook.com/pages/GINYU-FORCE/121824234636364

Congrats on your SE Qualifier win! How are you feeling right now? 

 

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Photo by Wade Thompson

Christopher Hill: Good. Really good. I’m pleased that we stuck to our game plans. We stayed calm and collected, and played “our” game all weekend. It feels awesome to win, especially two years in a row. I can’t wait to get to Minneapolis again!

Arnold Francisco: Feeling great! It feels good to play with Bob and Chris again. We spent the 3 or 4 tournaments we attended before SEQ playing with other friends so it was nice to play in this important tournament together. We had a good time and executed all of the goals we set for ourselves each match. 

Bob Delgado: We are extremely proud to represent our region for the second year in a row. We plan on bringing a solid group of teams to the North American Championship. It’s a shame we can’t bring more but we are doing everything we can to gain more spots for next season.

What were you surprised about at the qualifier?

C: Well, there’s a whole incident where 15 or so players awesome players from Florida were disqualified due to transportation issues (all were on the same bus, which broke down on the way to the qualifier). Long story short, the brackets became very skewed, teams got switched around and there were a lot of strong players that didn’t get their shot at qualifying. Toward the end of the PM bracket on Saturday they made it safely to the courts and organized a “Best of the Rest” tournament on a 3rd court that wasn’t being used in the tournament. It was an unfortunate incident.

Any teams that really put up a challenge? Why? 

C: Dauphins from Mobile are solid dudes. Their club has always been a rival and sister to ours. They know us really well and It’s always a pleasure to play them. I’m stoked to watch them at NA’s. 

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Larry Hoover was tough because Kyle and Serg are both of TBP (well, Serg is formerly of.) They play pickup with us every week and know us better than anyone else there. But we stayed cool and capitalized. It’s going to be great to be in Minneapolis with those guys too. And you know we want to go to that NAH bench tournament! 

A: Dauphins from Mobile, AL. Mobile has always been a strong club with great people on and off the court. KG, Jaques and Bernard (who recently returned from a few months of school in France being sure to spend free time playing polo with some of the best in the world) play a very awesome game together. I’m glad they qualified because I believe they will represent the Southeast region as a strong and smart team.

The 2nd place team Larry Hoover, made up of 2 Tallahassee players, was also a challenge. They know how we play based upon their familiarity with how we play at pick up. The tenacity of their play style was certainly proven in their game against Dauphins as they came back from being down 2-0 to winning the game 4-3. I love teams that fight until the last second and I’m glad those boys are headed to NA’s!
Last but not least – Broken Bones from Memphis, TN. Solid guys and great players coming from a very young club in the region. They travel to a lot of tournaments and put a lot of work into being better polo players as well as trying to grow the Southeast. Our regional rep, Adam Hite, is on this team. They are very fast and their defense is incredibly strong. I can’t speak for Bob and Chris but they were definitely the team that made me hustle on the court. It was a great time.

B: We played a lot of good teams along the way.  The ones that stick out most are Larry Hoover (Mostly Tallahassee), Dauphins (Mobile) and Broken Bones (Memphis). We knew going in that those were the teams to beat. However the team wearing the Ninja Turtle shirts really caught us off guard. It took us over six minutes to break down their defense and score our first goal. 

As the #1 team in the SE region, how do you think you’ll stack up to the other region’s top teams?

C: Last year we were the quintessential “first timers” from your article on types of people. I was just so stoked to see top-level teams play for real. It was eye-opening. Getting shredded by the Beavers is always a humbling experience. But now we know what to expect. The stars in my eyes won’t be as blinding this year.

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A:  We were lucky to not only qualify for NA’s in 2013 but also make the trip up to the biggest polo tournament on the continent. Last year was quite the eye opener for me. I think we were under the impression that there were some teams we were for sure going to beat. But one thing I learned is that every team there is there for a reason: they are the best players in their region and they traveled to show you why. I have changed a lot of aspects about how I play since then and I believe we know what to expect at a caliber of polo we rarely get to experience. Every game is different for us. There are a few basic rules we have set for ourselves but for the most part, we kinda figure out what we are going to do during a game 30 or so minutes before the match. So the short answer is: I have no idea how we will do but I know we’ll have a fucking blast finding out! One thing is for sure: I hope we get to play The Guardians! 

B: We will see come July. 

How has the SE region developed you as a team?

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Interview With The Organizer: California Ladies Bike Polo Summit

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I had the good fortune of interviewing Christine C. about the upcoming Ladies Bike Polo Summit, which has not only a women’s only tourney, but also a co-ed bench tournament. I asked her a few questions about the tourney and the ideas behind it. 

So! Where did the idea for this tourney come from?

This tourney started with a simple picture of what we are doing in our city.  We play with the Davis Bike Polo crew Tues., Thurs., and Sundays.  Our courts are about 15 minutes from each other so although we are 2 clubs, we really support and play with each other.  In November, Jennifer Kutzleb (a fellow previous polo wife like myself) got on a bike, grabbed a mallet and started recruiting more women to show up to polo on Sunday’s.  Within a couple weeks we had over a dozen ladies learning about polo and playing. (see attached pic.) We posted a picture on FB and other ladies in the community started to talk.  Mel Brocious from LA suggested we put together a mini boot camp and the idea just took off!  I tagged a couple of local slayers in the comments (Sam Bell!!!) and the ball just started rolling on it’s own.

This is described as a boot camp for Ladies Army–why is that?

trixies2 (1)Although billed as a boot camp, I really am considering this to be a social summit of sorts.  A chance for ladies to network, get to know each other and control the pace of the tournament. This will also allow ladies traveling to Toronto an opportunity to practice (some for the first time as a team.) So far I have been contacted by ladies from East Van, Toronto, New York, Uruguay and Geneva.  WE’VE GONE INTERNATIONAL!

 What’s the schedule look like, and how is the rest of the polo scene around there responding?

ladypolo (1)We will be playing day one in Folsom CA (a suburb of Sacramento) on Saturday.  The courts in Folsom are AMAZING and will be the home to this years SW qualifier. Sunday we will be heading over to Davis to finish up the lady brackets then get in a co-ed bench.  We have SO much support from the men on our scene!  They are grocery shopping and cooking for all us ladies  :)  We figured we’d let the men slay with us since they are just as excited about all of our visitors as we are. It has been an amazing journey for both of our clubs to incorporate so much camaraderie and equality.  It has been one of the greatest things I personally have ever been a part of.
This tourney will be the first of this kind in our city and we hope to create such a buzz that we can bid to hold Ladies Army 7 here!!!

Tourney Interview: Alias and the Eastside Thaw

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The Eastside Thaw is, more or less, the start of my bike polo season. Held early in March, the Thaw is a chance to meet new players, old friends, and play the game in two of it’s more interesting varieties (these being Bench format and a random-draw team). Alias, who is again heading up the Thaw, was kind enough to answer a few questions I have for him: 

I went to the Thaw last year and had a blast–as the organizer, do you think it went well?

It started out a bit touch and go, but eventually I got into a rhythm and things smoothed out.  It was my first tournament in a lead role, and while I was pretty prepared for the known-unknowns, a few of the unknown-unknowns got me.  I definately had a lot of lessons learned, and I’m more prepared for this year.

What surprised you about running the tourney, and what have you learned from it?

Eastside Thaw  (14)You’ll want to be in more than one place at once, and you’ll panic the most when you don’t have something to do.  What I’ve learned is largely about what prep-work can be done beforehand.  Attempting to do early morning court setup, and the card draw was a mistake.  It took too much time, and cut into play time.  The lesson here is to have a check-in event the night before.  This year, we’ll have evening access to the courts on Friday until 10:00pm.  We’ll do the card draw then, and it will have the added benefit of encouraging players to arrive on Friday instead of early Saturday morning.  I think adding this sort of feature to an event gives me as an organizer an administrative buffer to catch any details that slip throu… are you still awake?

What can we expect to see changing this year (and give a little run down on how it worked last year as a point of reference if you can)?

Eastside Thaw  (15)Like I said, card draws on Friday.  This will speed things up on Saturday.  I also have a better plan for how to do the bench team draft.  This should make it easier on the captains.
We are at two identical inline hockey courts, so there’s a better symetry in all the games–no more dead boards.  The courts are very large, so players that are used to tennis court games will find that the games will take more out of them.  This will matter a lot more during the bench games.

What do you think are the essentials for putting on a good tourney?

Eastside Thaw  (49)A good relationship with your parks & recreation department/office (or whatever host location you are using).  No event exists without a place to play.  Everything else is icing.

But let’s talk about icing.  There’s a structural benefit to providing food at the court.  It keeps players close and ready to play.  Additionally, I’m providing bike valet parking for security reasons.  Bikes have been stolen from Frederick at past events, so I wanted to provide this as a service/conveniance.  It also looks better than a grass plot littered with bikes.

Lots of what I’m able to provide comes from local bike-shop support and partnership.  Involvement with your local shops goes a long way.

The Thaw is a pickup tourney on day 1 with a bench format tourney on day 2. Do you see this as a great way of getting the best of both worlds? Which part is your favorite of the two?  Read more

Interview with Dus, West Coast Polo Ambassador

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Dustin has been talking to me about his polo life for quite some time now–reaching out to me after becoming a fan of Lancasterpolo.com and soforth. Well, He asked how he could get on the site, and I (being lazy and somewhat resourceful) told him an interview would do the trick–so here it is!

So who are you, and when did you start playing polo?

I’m Dus!!!! Some people refer to me as “The Polo Ambassador”. I started playing polo in July 2008.

What’s your current setup (bike, equipment, etc.)?

My current rig is a Smurf Blue Velolucuma 26er Travel. I use an Arena Bike Polo Mallet, and CCM facecage hockey helmet & gloves.

What club(s) do you play for?

I play for San Diego Bike Polo! But I learned to play in Phoenix, and I still think of them as my extended polo fam.

I’ve never been on the West Coast for anything, Polo or otherwise. What do you think makes polo different on that side of the country? What do you think we (East Coast Kiddies) could learn from you, or you from us?

auspoloWell, I don’t have a ton of tourney time outside of the Southwest region, but here in the SW, people seem to focus more on winning than having fun; even in pickup. I’ve played pickup in other regions & in Australia, and the vibe is completely different. Refreshing, too!

I played pickup with the Rochester crew, then we all went out for garbage plates at 2 in the morning. At Sydney pickup, we grilled a bazillion sausages, drank too much at the court (drinking in public parks is apparently encouraged over there!), then went to a pub where we all sang Bohemian Rhapsody as loud as we could. I care more about memories like those than about winning. I love the players in my region; many of us have known each other for quite a while. But I wouldn’t be opposed to moving to a place where fun is priority one at polo.

What’s one thing you wish would change in the sport? Read more

Interview: Hylon aka Fat Stacks aka The Quiet Killer

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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?

PlumbDisruptor 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?

Sunday TurkeyDay Bike Polo (12)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.