Hardcourt Bike Polo is a part of traditional bicycle polo. To understand more about it, let’s trace back from the very first day of its establishment to nowadays.
1999 is the year when Hardcourt Bike Polo was born.
Seattle can be the hometown of this sport. The first group of bike polo played
it in alleys, parking lots and on rooftops. After a time, thanks to bike lovers
and bike culture, bike polo develop rapidly. Tournaments which was held as side
events in the messenger races named alley cat
Nearly 20 cities pronounced to set up bike bolo clubs
though out North America thanks to the messenger culture and the internet,
which contributes to the spread of this sport. In 2008, the biggest competition
of tournament was held in Chicago, which contained 35 teams, it was also the
first North American Championship. This tournament was set up at the same time
but independently with the NACCC messenger championships 2008. The event in
Chicago stood out and excited the community of North American hardcourt polo,
which was considered to the sole focus for organizing tournaments with
hardcourt bike polo
In early 2010,
21 representatives were elected along with the birth of NAH (North
American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association). This is the first
organizing part whose functions is to deal with the rapid growth of
constituency. At this period of time, the first NAH-sanctioned rule set is
issued, it shifted the standards, the format, court dimensions, goals and so
America alone, roughly 200 clubs were established, along with closely thousand
players who compete in the latest format of the NAH Tour Series. It
reaches its prime time with the success of North American Hardcourt Bike Polo
Championship in setting records for viewership and competitive fields of any
player in any tournament.
You may have heard of Hardcourt Bike Polo or even enjoyed a fun time with this game. However, the following things about Hardcourt Bike Polo may make you surprised!
The original Hardcourt Bike Polo is not a sport
Surprise right? Hardcourt Bike Polo was invented by an Irishman Richard J. Mecredy in 1891. He called it “horseless polo”. By 1999, Seattle residents revived the sport to make it popular throughout the United States in particular and the world in general.
Hardcourt Bike Polo is played all over the world
Although it is just a new sport, the popularity of Hardcourt Bike Polo is considered at a global level. Because there are 473 clubs about Hardcourt Bike Polo established in 56 countries worldwide. Many people are interested in this sport.
Bike polo has appeared in the Olympics
Maybe you never expect that Hardcourt Bike Polo has ever played in the Olympics but this fact is true. At the Olympics 1908, this sport was in the competition.
That year, the Irish and German teams met in the final. Finally, Ireland won the gold medal. Nevertheless, because of World War I and World War II, Bike Polo has been gradually forgotten. By the 1980s, this sport regained its lost popularity.
Hardcourt Bike Polo World Championships are held every year
Like in some other popular sports, Hardcourt Bike Polo players also have the chance to join the world championships every year. The first season was held in Philadelphia in 2009. Teams participating in the global competition each year are selected from regional and national competitions. In last season, The Beavers from San Francisco won the world championship after defeating Call Me Dadd from Paris 5-1.
Anyone can play Hardcourt Bike Polo
Hardcourt Bike Polo is suitable for all ages and all genders. Not just for men, there are now many tournaments for women.