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I Just Met You, And This is Crazy:

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But There’s this Tourney–So Team Up, Maybe?

One of bike polo’s greatest strengths is the ability for any 3 people to team up and play around. This is doubly true for tournaments where all of us can find friends from new places and play around at this goofy little thing we’ve got ourselves wrapped up in.

Do we normally win when we do that? Well, no–but it’s not always about winning, is it?

Oh…oh for some of you it is? Oh. Well then.

Uh…

Hmm.

So let’s say it is about winning, for you. Let’s say you know how to have a good time and you’re not trying to bloodsport around out on the court, but that you do want to make it further than your first 2 games on the second day. If I might make a suggestion in that regard: play with a team you’ve played with for at least a season before.

Yes, it means that some of your spontaneity will be gone–you won’t be able to just post “anyone need a third?” for every tournament you want to involve yourself with–but I suspect you’ll begin seeing a bit more reach on your 2nd day tourney adventures than what you have in the past. This is also why, I believe, you shouldn’t necessarily think that teaming up with the best players you can is equal to if not greater than teaming up with the most consistently-available-to-play-together players. The way I’ve witnessed it, the team that plays together more…

dogAh damn…let’s see here.

The team that plays together more…hmm. Stays together more? Like, stays together during Sunday because they aren’t boozing and crying by themselves. I don’t like that one but it’s all I’ve got. Damn.

The only other one I have is the team that knows each other grows each other, but that seems to be a bit more sexualized than what I’m going for. I really worked myself into a corner. Shoot.

Anyway, what I’m trying to get at (a team that lasts is one with a past? Hell.) is how much more important it is to have experience playing with the other people on your team over how much your team has experience or skill on their own. Naturally if you bring in an all star your team is going to pummel most other teams–but it won’t pummel other teams full of all stars. To have a better chance at that, look to the inherent expectation and ability to read your team mates that comes from having a history with them.

A team that gets it can’t quits it?

Forget it, I give up.

 

Practicing as a Team

Crusher Irish and Ted Lancaster United Bike PoloHere at Lancaster United we have a stigma—that’s probably too strong a word…an aversion—to playing tourney teams during pickup. It’s come up in the past and I’m sure will come up in the future, but I’d say it’s a fair split down the middle of club members who are comfortable with playing a few games with tourney teams and those who think it doesn’t lend itself to a fun, lighthearted pickup day.

I align with the pro-tourney team practice idea, if you want me to remove any doubt.

I understand the argument against, though. Pickup is inherently not a competition. It’s a time to enjoy the sport, shoot around with friends, and practice new techniques/shit talking phrases. It’s not about making your whole club pissed off at you because games are ending within 3 minutes and you’re making everyone feel bad about themselves.

How-ev-er, I think there is too much to lose for a club that doesn’t allow tourney team practice. This isn’t a one size fits all solution, but it’s an appropriate answer, I think, for clubs that want to be competitive against other clubs.

And that’s the starting point: is your club one where the majority of players want to compete in tournament level play? If the answer is no, then it doesn’t really matter because you’re not going to have tourney teams anyway. But if you have a group of at least 3 people who want to compete in tournaments, you have to do them the good service of having some prep time/practice. Read more