“Basically I’ve heard about this bike polo thing and it seems interesting and would like to give it a go but I don’t really know anything about it”
A simple FAQ hopefully can answer your questions and concerns.
Where do I begin?
Come along to a game. Its as simple as that. Check the Facebook page to confirm the game is on and make your way there.
Do I need any special gear?
We have all the gear you need to get started playing. People will even lend you a bike to play.
Is it dangerous? Don’t people crash into each other all the time? Will my bike get damaged?
People will play you how you play them. If you are not crashing into people and trying to push them over then this is unlikely to happen to you. Basically you play as hard and fast as you like. That being said accidents can happen. We haven’t had anything to serious, occasional scratches and the odd bent wheel. We have a couple of mechanics that play that can normally sort out your bike if anything does go horrible wrong.
I played but felt really awkward and useless on the court…
This is quite normal. It not a sport or activity many people have done before. The big thing is to get out there and have another go. People who play regularly get their skills up quickly and its quite amazing to watch the improvement in general bike handling after just a few games. (Stick with it you will get there).
Can anyone play? On any bicycle?
Yes. We have had boys and girls from a whole age range play on a whole range of bikes.
What are the Rules?
During weekly bike polo generally we try to keep as few rules as possible. Rules vary slightly from city to city.
General Gameplay Rules
- Teams of 3.
- 15 minute games
- First to 5 goals, wins.
- To start, each team waits at their end and joust for the ball at center court after a countdown.
- A goal can only be scored by hitting it with the end of the mallet.
- If you put your foot down, you must tap in at centre before re-entering play.
- After scoring a team must return to their half and wait for an opposition player or ball to pass half way.
- Like contact allowed: mallet on mallet, bike on bike and body on body. No ramming, pushing or grabbing.
- Keep your mallet down, watch your backswing.
- No malleting (mallet tripping tyres) or mallets in spokes
No throwing mallets
Current Tournament Rules
This document is based on the previous Australian rules below. It is updated based on the 2012 World Championships and London Open. It includes Advantage, Delayed penalties and a clearer explanation of how rules are applied rather than just a list of rules.
2012 NAH / Worlds Rules Update
Australia maintained it’s own ruleset from 2008-10. In 2011 the newly formed North American Hardcourt association compiled a standard set for major tournaments and the Seattle world championships. Australasia adopted these rules for 2011 and 2012.
These rules are receiving a major overhaul in 2012. There are areas that still need to be covered as the game develops. More detailed discussions are in the LOBP discussions below.
I have more questions who do I ask?