Posts Tagged ‘polo’
This is a nice short edit. How great it would be to have a polo court in Seattle where people could just hang out in the sun on the grass while polo is being played.
There has been (somewhat heated) debate over whether or not polo and dodgeball- dubbed “emerging sports” should be allowed to use courts built for tennis throughout Seattle. Most of the focus has been on the courts at Cal Anderson Park and Judkins Park. As Seattle sees growth in both of these sports, the polo tennis courts have also seen an increase in use, worrying tennis players that they may loose their little piece of concrete.
Attempts to make everyone happy have been made, and yesterday, the city of Seattle released the following:
SEATTLE PARKS TO ALLOW DODGEBALL, BIKE POLO AT ONE CAL ANDERSON PARK TENNIS COURT
Bike polo to be allowed at Judkins Park courts
Following a public process and a recommendation from the Board of Park Commissioners, Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has decided to allow dodgeball and bike polo at one of the two Cal Anderson Park tennis courts for 18 months starting today.
The second court at Cal Anderson Park is for tennis only, and Parks will post signage stating that. Bike polo and dodgeball are also allowed at the two concrete courts at Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St., for 18 months. The Judkins Park courts are not separated by a fence.
“We believe we’ve forged a reasonable compromise that will accommodate both tennis players and people who participate in newly popular sports and need a place to play,” Williams said. “In the coming weeks we will work with representatives of all these groups to draft a courtesy code that will make sure all players show each other mutual respect and that they care for this public property.”
At the Cal Anderson Park tennis court, 1635 11th Ave., and at Judkins Park, dodgeball and bike polo play will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Players can call the Parks Athletic Office at 206-684-4062, to reserve the courts at either park. All other tennis courts are for tennis use only.
At the end of the 18-month period, Parks staff will conduct an evaluation of the success of the arrangement, and will make a recommendation to the Park Board on whether to continue it.
Is this a final answer? Unlikely. It doesn’t seem awesome to begin with. At the very least Seattle recognizes that they will have to address the situation somewhat soon. Maybe they are waiting it out, expecting the polo players and dodgeballers to get tired of it- but that’s highly unlikely. The shear number of people that play polo or dodgeball, or at the very least spectate, blow tennis players and fans out of the water. I am of course a little biased, not having any interest in tennis- but it seems that if 30 people show up to play dodgeball or 6 people show up to play polo, that the 2 people playing “chase the bouncing fuzzy green ball in short shorts” should pack up their cardigans, get back in the BMW and head to the country club…
Bicycle polo and tennis were both invented in the latter part of the 19th century and people have been throwing things at eachother for long before that. Early rivalries between tribes could be described as a game of “Dodgerock.” The argument that tennis is a sport more than either of the former is ludicrous.
Polo courts work very well as tennis courts for a number of reasons. The ground is smooth for one, they are usually lit into the evening, and the fencing around the courts contains the ball and defines the court size. Are polo players looking to piss anyone off? Not generally. They just want a place to hang their mallets while they’re waiting for the next game.
I hope for the best for Seattle’s polo community, as well as the dodgeballers- but I’m usually one to root for the underdog. I hope that the city’s decision is at least a step in the right direction- and maybe in 18 months Seattle will announce a new (and hopefully covered) structure designed around multi-use sports, which includes both polo and dodgeball. Heck, maybe the tennis players can even sneak in a game there too.
Until then- keep fighting the good fight and try and play nice people.
-Thanks for the info Amy!
Brutal, but effective. Thanks Zach T. for passing these on.
The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships came to a head in Berlin yesterday. Though Seattle’s teams (Team Smile & Puffin’ Along) didn’t take home the trophy, they did really well. Milwaukee’s Beaver Boys took it to the limit and won out over Chicago’s Machine Politics and are now the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Champions. L’Equipe from France took third.
You can take a peek at the google doc and see how it all went down HERE. Double elimination brackets are a little difficult to understand, but you’re smart and I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
Some photos are below- check out the Flickr pool HERE
I’m so proud that Seattle did well and represented the Northwest in Berlin. The Seattle polo community is super friendly, supportive, and extremely talented. They are always welcoming and I’m looking forward to their return.
I got to see this edit at the Two-Oh-Sickness Bike Polo benefit (which was amazing.) Seattle is home to the best of the best when it comes to polo players. Still, they are the nicest of the nice as well. No attitude, friendly to newcomers, and though I am one of the worst polo players I’ve ever come across, they still encourage me to pick up a mallet and get in a game. They also know how to make party party fun time.
Polo is a sport that is not only a challenge and a ton of fun for the players, it’s a blast to watch. Seattle is working on getting better facilities soon, which are sorely needed. Support your local polo players!
Seen on Urban Velo
Come out and support the best damn polo team in the whole wide world and the community that built it. Race, games, bands, beers…. Fun times!
This past weekend is one that might take a day or two for my liver and legs to recover from.
The annual Dead Baby Downhill, which takes place on the first Friday of every August is almost assuredly the largest one day bicycle race/party on the west coast, if not the US, and this year was no exception. Starting atop Capital Hill, at the Comet Tavern, I can only guess as to how many people were crammed onto the corner of 10th and Pike. Bike riders from all different backgrounds, people came out of the woodwork to be a part of this somewhat infamous event.
Skip to 1:25 to get a recap from Grey’s Anatomy.
In it’s thirteenth year, the DB Downhill attracts a freak bike crowd like no other. The creativity, love, ingenuity, and sheer madness that these contraptions are built from is a sight to behold. The Downhill is a prime opportunity for anybody with a torch and a dream to get their chopper, tallbike, cruiser, mini, swingbike, or any other bastard contraption that can roll under human power together.
The downhill race itself is not taken seriously by most, but is more of a ride to the afterparty. This year has been labeled as the “Dead Baby Uphill” as the route that more than half the people took lead up to Beacon Hill, and was over 50% of an uphill ride. Still fun, the ride down Lucielle was quick, and it dropped us off in the mayhem that was the Dead Baby afterparty.
A couple of blocks were shut down, and the Magic Wheels MC opened up their space for the event to go down. Beers flowed. Bands played (22 bands, as a matter of fact.) BMX ramps were ridden. Foot-down was played. Tall Bikes jousted. Sprockettes danced with their bikes. More beers flowed. The night was long, and another Dead Baby party can go down in the history books under the success category. Greghxc took some pics, and you can check out the Flickr HERE
A suggestion to those that attend next year: Use the buddy system. If you go with someone, make sure you both get home together. And keep your phone on you. The Downhill party is a little bit of a time warp- and you can lose a couple hours in the blink of an eye. Beyond that: Have fun.
Saturday brought Tour de Fat, which I did not make it to. My late night on Friday demanded more sleep than I expected on Saturday. By the time I got up, it was time to start getting ready and packed up for the 42BELOW sprints that took place at Brouwer’s Cafe for the Tour de Fat afterparty. (so many afterparties)
The sprints went well, with the men’s and women’s winners going home with a complete 42BELOW fixed gear bike, AS WELL AS a Raleigh track frame. The Raleigh rep was present and upped the anty by putting the frames up for grabs for the final race. There was a catch though… After the time started, but before you could start pedaling, you had to do a shot. The racers were up to the challenge, and RaeAnne took home the prize package for the women, while Patrick M is the proud new owner of one and a half new bikes. Big thanks to Brian at Raleigh for his infinite kindness and dashing good looks. (If you have another frame you’d like to get out there big guy… I ride a 56/57.)
Sunday brought the North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo championships to Magnusen Park. This tournament was to decide what team got their airfare paid to the Worlds by the title sponsor Brooks of England. The games were heated and the skill level was high. The final match brought East Vancouver (Balls Deep) and Seattle (Team Smile) together. It was best 2 out of 3 games. Seattle won the first game, then East Van came back and took the second game. The final game was played to 7, and the winner had to win by 2. After 2 injuries, one for each team, Seattle brought out the hustle, and took the Tourney. Way to go 206!
An end to a spectacular weekend. So many good people, so many good times.
Seattle has had a great summer for bikes. Yesterday on my ride to Magnusen, I noticed the leaves gathering on the Burke Gilman trail. Summer is beginning to fade. Soon, fall will bring the rain which we are too familiar with, the night grows longer, and our short shorts are traded in for wool and goretex. It by no means restricts us from riding, and I do hope everyone keeps their enthusiasm high, wanting to keep the wheels rolling all winter.
GO MEANS GO is working on things to keep bikes on the brain and under the butt- Get ready for the Bicycle Film Festival, as well as ART VELO.
Live fast, ride faster.