saw a group of bike riders at the Christie Street
Park on the Lower East Side. They were riding
around the court yard whacking at the ground with
On closer observation
it seemed that these Polo enthusiasts were chasing
a little orange ball from one side of the field
to the other, trying to get it to go between two
orange cones on either end.
A tall slender
guy with tats named Doug rode up to me and asked,
"Who are you shooting for?" I told him
New York Cool. He said he's heard of us and that
I should stick around because the games were going
to begin at 1pm.
So I walked over to where they were "getting
themselves together." I'm thinking that the
players will don protective gear, review rules
and design some plan of attack.
The sport originated
somewhere in England and was adopted onto the
streets of the L.E.S..
The game consists of:
Two teams, made up of three players with one substitute,
start at opposite ends of the field and one side
brings the ball forward. Now mind you, no one
has on protective gear: no mouth piece, no helmet,
no facial guard, no shin guards, just a plastic
mallet with a handle for both offense and defense.
It is a good thing they are all drinking buddies.
Riding a bike with spoke guards while swinging
a mallet to either side that weighs roughly about
a pound with protection at hi speed on concrete
is going to make for some nasty-ass rug burns
or black and blues in the morning.."OUCH".
But as the players
instructed me, the purpose it to ride hard, swing
hard and drink hard; that is the name of the game.
Hard Court Bike Polo: Get the orange ball through
the cones at any means.
Boy, I can't wait
till next season.