Team Baby Birds are all inked for life. So is Papa Bird (Scizors)!
A huge, immense THANK YOU is due to Mr. Do for his diligent shooting at Ladies Army (and many, many other tournaments) and editing it all into the kind of polo videos that make you wanna run for the polo court, mallet in hand.
Click play below see what kind of trouble Jinxy, Quinny (Ann Arbor, MI), and I got into at Ladies Army III in Austin.
No feet down. If your foot touches the ground, you have to get out of the play immediately and go tap a designated spot with your mallet. (Typically there are two spots on the center line, one on each sideline).
Play begins with a joust. Players line up behind their goal lines. There is a countdown: “Ready-Set-Polo!” (or “3-2-1-Polo!”).
Full contact: bike to bike, mallet to mallet, body to body. But body-to-body action must be shoulder checking only. No grabbing another person (or his/her bike). It is OK to pin or hold a person’s mallet, but no mallet hacking.
No T-boning a person with control of the ball. If someone has control of the ball, the defender can check, but cannot cut off the person with the ball. Blindside hits are frowned upon.
Throwing mallets is not allowed.
A goal must be hit with the end of the mallet. Shuffling the ball in with the wide side of the mallet does not count as a goal.
After the scoring team reaches half-court, the other team may advance. The scoring team, now on defense, must wait until the offensive team, or ball, passes half court to attack.
No passing the ball backwards through the goal. If the ball passes backwards through the goal, it is the other team’s ball. Turnover is immediate and gameplay continues.
Scoring: Games are to five points.
Equipment: Any bike is okay. Any mallet is okay. The ball is a hollow street hockey ball. Liquid-filled balls are not used in the rink, but are allowed in some games around town.
Field: Hardcourt. Goals are a bike’s length wide, and not above the height of the boards.
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Thanks for stopping by. If you have any inquires about this site or LA bike polo in general, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have 2 locations: in the 818 (North Hollywood) on Sunday and Northeast LA (Highland Park/NELA) on Wednesday and Friday. All you need to play is a bike (bars need to be plugged), mallets can be provided and new players are always welcome.