Wow, you’re so hardcourt — in bike polo, that is. If you haven’t heard of this old school sport remix inspiring a new craze across the country from New York to Los Angeles, you might want to hop on now. Bike polo is the latest hipster trend played on street hockey courts in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Seattle and California, to name a few. And, it just might be your new favorite sport.
All you need to tap into this sport are two teams of three players, helmets, bikes, a ball, four cones and a mallet, of course. Next, you need an awesome team name and maybe if you’re feeling really into it, some artistic wheel covers.
Then, who knows, maybe you can start a league in your town. But first, take our quiz to make sure you know the difference between a shot and a shuffle. You might want to know what a T-bone is too. We’ll give you a hint: it has nothing to do with steak.
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What object is used to hit the ball in bike polo?
There are two different types of bicycle polo. True or False?
True. There is traditional bicycle polo, where players ride bikes and hit a ball into a goal with a mallet on grass. And, then there’s hardcourt bike polo where players have a game on a cement or asphalt court.
Traditional bicycle polo was created in:
Ireland. Traditional bicycle polo was created in 1891 in County Wicklow, Ireland by Richard J. McCready, a retired cyclist.
How many goals are there on a bike polo court or field?
How does a game of hardcourt bike polo begin?
Both teams start behind their goals and race to the waiting ball at center court.
Are your feet allowed to touch the ground in bike polo?
No. Players must stay on their bikes during the game, if their feet touch the ground they are penalized by having to ride in a circle or to touch a specified area of the court before resuming play.
What’s it called when a foot or feet touch the ground during play?
If someone’s foot touches the ground, players can be seen riding in a circle, or ______ _____.
Tapping Out. The forced penalty for touching the ground is tapping out at a neutral location on the court where a player will touch the specified area with his mallet as he rides by before resuming play.
There are two ways to hit the ball with a mallet in bike polo. What are they?
Shot and Shuffle. A shot is when the ball is hit by the front of the mallet, whereas a shuffle is when the ball is hit by the side.
What are mallets made out of in hardcourt bike polo?
Whatever the player can find. Most mallets in modern hardcourt bike polo are handcrafted out of plastic pipe (not PVC — it shatters), old golf club handles, ski poles or anything else that is lightweight and easy to handle while riding a bike. You’ll also need to tape the handle for better grip.
In traditional bike polo, each quarter, or chukkar is ten minutes. How long is hardcourt game?
However long is agreed upon by both teams. Depending on the city you are in, the length of a hardcourt bike polo match varies.
When did traditional bike polo become popluar in Europe?
1930s. Traditional bike polo became popular in the 1930s as regional teams grew in France, Ireland and Great Britain. Later the U.S. and India began to catch on too.
Traditional bike polo has swept the globe since 2004. True or False?
True. Many countries now compete in national events for traditional bike polo.
Where did hardcourt bike polo originate?
Seattle. Most people think the sport began in Seattle around the global rise of traditional bike polo from 2000-2004.
And, finally, what’s a T-Bone?
A move where a player collides with another on a side.