P/M Bike Polo growing in-Two

February 8, 2010 by

We have seen a lot of growth over the last month and we are thinking it might be time to have a club in both Pullman and Moscow.  The main objective in heading this way would be to play more.  Being two club would look like polo in Moscow on Tuesday nights and in Pullman on Thursday nights.  This would also give the Inland Northwest another vote  in our region (Cascadia) and in deciding the major developments in North American Hardcourt.  Please start thing about the pros and cons of taking this step, we will be talking about it at pick-up.  321-Polo!

Boise gettin back in to it!

January 27, 2010 by

Bike Polo from Nik Bjurstrom on Vimeo.

A buddy of mine threw this little edit together the other day.  I’m excited to see him and his crew working on building the scene back up down there!

2 Days Away!

October 21, 2009 by

Alright, 2.5 days away…

Still need 8 more cones.

Still need to know who can host and how many.  Seattle had 19!!!! at last count.  that’s a lot. I can probably host 4-6 people. that leaves up to 13-15 people that still need a floor to crash on.

Need confirmation on who can help install boards and help clean up the courts on Friday afternoon.  No one from out of town will be here until about midnight at the earliest it looks like, so we’ll have time to install them before they get here. 3-4 people could get this done in probably 2 hours at the most. Brooms and Battery drills needed, everything else I’ve got.

TEAMS!  We gotta get our shit together and form some damn teams!

I think that’s it.  Let’s figure all this out at pickup tomorrow!!!

Two weeks out – Tournament To-Do’s:

October 12, 2009 by

Alright!  We are just under two weeks away from playing host to some big numbers (for us anyways!)  I’ve got a lot of this thing covered, but some things that we still need to determine and finish are: (This thing is pretty long winded, but bear with me and see if you can help in any areas!)

-Money! I’ve already bought the trophies and some of the supplies needed for the boards, but some other costs we will have to cover up front will be food and beverages, T-shirts, other supplies for the tournament – chalk (for the brackets at WSU and at UI [thinking about doing the same thing only on the unused court ground as UI…thoughts?]), liability release form copies, etc.  We need to determine how this is going to be paid for and how we are going to reimburse those who cover the upfront costs.  I am thinking of opening a bank account in the group name for use in things like this… we can attach it to a paypal account and allow people to pay their fees online before coming over, we can easily deposit all the money in the account and issue checks to those that will need it, and we can start to keep good records of what money we take in and where it goes.  Thoughts/comments/ideas are welcome regarding all of this.

– Sponsors! We are basically putting this event on with no sponsors, but we’re trying to make it look like a bigger event.  We want this to be a successful event this year so we can go to our school and to sponsors for our next tournament and show that we’ve hosted a good event that people liked and would come to again.  That said, if anyone knows of a way we can get a last minute sponsor, I’m not opposed to it, cause I’m pretty broke right now…

– Boards! I’ve got enough for about one court, maybe a court and a half if we cheat a little.  I think I saw some more stuff to make boards as I was coming in to moscow tonight.  I may try and scope that out a little more tomorrow, but it looked to be about a half courts worth, maybe less…  Anyways, we need more.  I’ll throw a picture up here tomorrow to show you how I’ve been making them.  I’m thinking we can cheat a bit by not screwing the 2×3 chunks in to the backs of the boards that will be along the fences… that will save us a lot of time, and probably be easier to either leave at the court or pick back up when we’re done.

– Installation! Once e get all the wood cut and organized, we need to install them!  This will need to be done on thursday or friday before everyone shows up.  I may try and take that friday afternoon (Oct. 23rd) off to get going on this.  With 3-4 people, I think this would only take up to two hours.  We’ll need battery powered screw drivers and some more wood screws.

-Goals! We have 4 cones… we need 8 more.  We also need to measure out and spray paint the courts with the cone locations so they are easily determinable if they get knocked over.  Also, we need to paint out a shooting boundary around at least one goal on each court in case a game goes to a shootout… I’m thinking that a 3-4 foot boundary that you must shoot before entering (for the shootout only of course).

– Housing! We need to figure out who is putting who up!  I can only host about one team (3 players).  If you can host people, let me know how many!

– Registration! We need to determine an easy way to do this.  A table and a sign-in sheet?  Pre-registration?  Reese, you mentioned the ability of Pay-pal?

– Logo! Our logo isn’t as bitchin as I want it to be, but Im not graphically creative enough to come up with anything better.  If someone else out there wants to take this on, let me know or just do it and show it off next time we meet!  I’ve got some ideas, but I’ve been pretty hard pressed for time to try them out.

– T-shirts! So I’ve had hardly any spare time to finish designing these.  If we want them in time for the tournament, we need to turn them in by tuesday (oct. 13th) pretty much.  If I don’t hear/see anything coming from anyone else, I’m just going to use the current logo thats on the top of this site for this first run of shirts.  Right now, I’ve got three hardcourt faculty shirts to make, and ??? other generic shirts?  Ideas?  Lets get on the ball here… we don’t want the only Pullman/Moscow BP shirts leaving town with Seattle folk.

– Food! We need to come up with a rough assessment of food needs and pick it all up.  We also need to determine who is going to cook/man the grill.  Since we moved it to a two day thing, that means we need twice as much food and twice as much fuel to cook it all.  Unless we want people leaving because they are hungry, we need to do this.

– Scheduling! This is going to be hard, I think.  Determining who plays who when and where will get a little dicey.  We need to set a schedule and have people around to help keep it firm.  We can’t screw around like we do at pick-up, we just won’t have the daylight.  We need everyone from Pullman/Moscow possible to help step up and organize and be pushy and make teams get to the courts.  I’ll do my best at keeping this running smooth and efficient, but I’ll need some help when I’m on the courts.

– Teams! Here in Moscow We have ONE team for the collegiate bracket organized.  Hoping to see one more put together by Graham, but I can’t guarantee anything.  As for the open, We may just play with the same team, but thats not yet been determined.  We need to determine teams from WSU and for the open bracket.  I want to show Seattle and whoever else shows up that we can play here… so lets put some good teams together… or lets start playing more and building more skill!

– Mallets! I just put two new heads on poles today, so I have a total of 4 mallets to use… basically only one extra as my two teammates will be using two of my other mallets.  I’ve been looking for ski poles but no luck finding any yet.  I’ve got enough mallet heads for about 6 more mallets, but no poles!  If we can track down some poles, we can get some more mallets together, and we can experiment with lengths or whatever.  The more mallets we have the easier it is to recruit people out too!  So if we don’t get to this before the tournament, it should still be a long term goal.

– Weather! We obviously can’t control this, but it could be a factor for our event… especially with all this cold weather we’ve been having.  I plan on keeping the event going if its raining… but we’ll need to provide some sort of cover/shelter for people… like canopies etc.  If it snows… then what? haha… Its a possibility… are we going to play or call it off?  I say we play… just bring some shovels and more pads for all the wrecks that will be surely happening!

– Entertainment! There will probably be quite a bit of down time in between matches for some teams.  We need to come up with some possible things for people to do while they wait that will keep them on the location.

-First Aid! I’ve got a VERY basic first aid kit and a VERY basic knowledge base on how to use it/what to do in situations.  If anyone else can bring more kits/bandaids/other items that may come in handy in case of a bad wreck, I think it would be best to do so.

– PA/Music? Anyone have a megaphone that we can use for the tournament?  Anyone know where we could rent one if not?  I don’t think there will be that many people there, but they might spread out so it could come in handy?  I dunno… I have mixed feelings about this, it might draw the wrong kind of attention if you know what I mean.

– Move everything to Pullman? This is an idea I’ve been throwing around in my head for a few days now… The positives are that we would have three courts to play on instead of two, we are a little more secluded, there are the big cement sidewalls that we can draw the brackets on, there is a big shelter/cover/awning type thing next to the lowest court that we could use for all the staging, registering etc.   I dunno… It’s just an idea… and I’m still kinda torn cause I like how we are playing in both towns that hold our name…  thoughts?

Whew.  I think thats it.  I hope.  I’ll probably remember a few things right after I finish posting this.  But!  All of these things are important (some more than others) and we need to figure all of this out and quick!  Lets play some more polo in the next two weeks and get this all hammered out.  I also think we could benefit from having a meeting to hammer all this stuff out.  Joey and I will be at the Alehouse this Wednesday (Oct. 14th) around 5:30, does that work for others??

Play Polo!

BFF

September 16, 2009 by

This new trailer for the Bicycle Film Festival is Awesome! Even has some polo in it!

Planning the next tourney!

September 14, 2009 by

Since I’m home sick today, figured I’d go ahead and plan the next tournament! Mark your calendars for October 25th!

PM Bike Polo BLOG!

August 24, 2009 by

We’ve got a blog!  Feel free to check here for updates!  The website will still provide all that bitchin’ cool information it already does, but the blog will help give us a place to post some cool/interesting/awesome shit that doesn’t need to be on the forefront!

Word!