If you have found your local bike polo club, perhaps even played your first game, and people have explained some rules of the sport but you’re still unclear about the game, here is a list of the most important rules that every new bike polo player needs to know.
1. If you “dab”, you have to tap back in
Dabbing means you put your foot on the ground or use something besides your mallet or bike to keep your balance and not fall.
You are dabbed if you put your hand or foot on a horizontal surface like the ground or the top of the goal. Leaning on the goal with your body to prevent yourself from losing your balance is also considered dabbing.
If you’re dabbed, you cannot touch the ball or be part of the gameplay till you tap the boards with your mallet at half-court. It’s your responsibility to stay out of the other players’ way, as much as possible, so you don’t interfere with the match until you tap back in. You can then rejoin gameplay immediately once you have tapped back in.
2. It isn’t a goal if you scoop or shuffle it
For a shot to be counted as a goal in bike polo, you have to strike the ball with the opened or capped end of the mallet, not the broadside.
If you hit the ball with the broadside into the net, it is called a “shuffle” and won’t count as a goal. Additionally, if you throw or scoop the ball with the mallet’s opened end into the opponent’s net, it doesn’t count as a goal.
Other than when you are shooting, you can control and maneuver the ball any way you want. You can scoop or shuffle the ball to pass to your teammates, strike it on the opened or capped end, whatever works!