Fall Ballin’

Welp! It’s Fall again! Time to call out to all you shy people who watch our videos, ride by on occasion, look up polo products online, secretly building a bike, ball on your own in your alley/parking lots. COME OUT! We get a lot of emails asking when we play, and we get someone every now and then thats been wanting to stop by our court, but this is about to be the perfect time to start playing polo!

Very little out of town travel, League play is done for now, we’ve got at least 4 newbies that have started in the past two weeks and we want more! Let us guide you into the poloverse. We make good friends we promise! Be ready for the spring season, and join us at the Lock-in, regional tourneys, exchange weekends with other cities! Ladies!!! We need more for Ladies Army, this year in Toronto!

The more new people that come out the easier we can arrange newbie games to lesson any sense of intimidation on the court for you guys. So let’s all get better together!

Garfield Park (Madison and Central Park) by the tennis courts

Sunday after 2pm/Wednesday after 6pm    

Just show up! It’s great to know when you are or want to come, but just showing up always works too!

The easiest way to get at us is through our Facebook group. We have at least 3 admins. I’m sure one of us can email you back!

League schedule and pick-up changes

I know, I know, it has been a minute since a new post, but we’ve all been busy! New members coming in working hard and killing it on the court, along with some sad departures from Chicago, but! Chicago Bike Polo stays strong, and fortunately they haven’t moved too far!

This coming weekend, a few of us will be heading out to Decatur for the big shuffle tournament, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be polo in town! A note though for those wanting to participate in pick-up:

Starting this weekend as well, 7/28, we will begin (hopefully) League play. League play will run every Sunday with first game at noon and second game at 1:30pm.

Teams for league play have already been drafted within the available and interested players in our club. Therefore, once League is done, pick-up will begin.

The schedule as of now:

7/28  

 N: Team 1 vs. Team 3         1:30: Team 4 vs. Team 2

8/4

N: Team 1 vs. Team 5          1:30: Team 2 vs. Team 3

8/11  OFF FOR TRILLFEST 

8/18

N: Team 1 vs. Team 4          1:30: Team 5 vs. Team 3

8/25      

N: Team 2 vs. Team 5          1:30: Team 3 vs. Team 4

9/1

N: Team 4 vs. Team 5         1:30:  Team 1 vs. Team 2 

9/8 and 9/15 PLAYOFFS

9/22 CRAMPIONSHIP

Indy Bound!

 Jeny and Jerod are leaving us for Indianapolis! Jeny has gotten a great opportunity in advancing with SRAM and we couldn’t be happier for her! We will miss all of their love, support, energy, cats! and of course the boys Scout and Kurtis!

This isn’t farewell by a long shot! But we, as a club, and as friends have appreciated everything Jerod and Jeny have done to keep this club successful! Whether it be fundraising, dealing with lights, promoting, shirts, trips, parties, bike maintenance, etc. they have been a dream team and two of the most pleaseant people to know! 

Treat them good Indy!!

Beginner’s Run!

CBP and TinyFix have teamed up to bring the public a day of beginner’s polo. We will be providing the essentials: Bikes, mallets, good vibes!

Who is behind the League of bike polo? What are the rules? How do you play? Get on a bike and let’s discuss while teaching you the basics!   

You of course are welcome to bring your own bike, but a break down of your own bikes requirements to play safely:

No bullhorns, bar ends must be capped, you can ride fixed(some people do it)  but brakes are required, free wheel is highly recommended and most common. sharp edges suck, exposed chain rings can hurt :(  

If you have elbow or knee pads, gloves, a helmet- these are all wonderful wonderful things! But we have them too if you don’t!

 Left-handed, right-handed, doesn’t matter! Height, Weight-doesn’t matter! Just a willingness to hang out and try something new with bikes!

Where: Garfield Park -Near the corner of Central Park Drive and Madison in the park by the tennis courts and basketball court

When: June 2nd at High Noon

Visit:   TinyFix

 or visit our event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/150665291781564

 

 

 

 

Opening Day!!

So we’ve been a busy little club! Traveling here and there and having a blast with our comrades across the Midwest! This weekend something big is happening and our club would like to extend an open invitation to the community!

It’s Opeing Day Festivus! The weather has been amazing and CBP is ready to celebrate Spring like we do.

DATE: SUNDAY MAY 5TH
TIME: 2PM
LOCATION: Garfield Park Home Court 
FUN? YEA!!
 
We want to cook out, beer it up and play polo!
 
Polo not required of course to our new friends who would just enjoy a fun day in the sun with us! Beer either! But everyone gets hungry and we love you guys! Just fun, no pressure and a humble gathering to celebrate the polo community and all of our friends and fans that just want to hang out!    
 Milwaukee, Decatur, and Dekalb..we are looking at you guys too! Everyone is invited and don’t be shy, bring some friends of your own as well. 3 2 1 POLO!
 

Riverside Recap!

Well done team, and to Jason for sharing his first official tourney experience! Welcome sir!!

The 3rd annual Riverside bike polo tournament was held on Saturday March 30th in Lafayette, Indiana. The tournament was split into two classes, with the A-class games being played at the Riverside Skating Center and all but the final and semifinal B-class games played a mile and a half down the road at Shamrock Park. Temperatures approached 60F, sunshine was abundant and good times were had by all.

The offering of a “B-class” at a tourney was something new to the sport of hardcourt bike polo, and early reports indicate it was well received. This system allowed beginner/intermediate players a chance to compete against similarly matched teams, instead of having to face mostly highly skilled veteran players.

I had the distinct pleasure of competing in the B-class for my very first tournament experience. In true bike polo fashion, our team (Sex With A Helmet) was created the day before the tournament, and included Chicago’s own Kayla Story and Mick Costello.

The tournament was set to start at 9am, and Mick and I arrived at Shamrock Park at 8am. Little known fact about Lafayette, Indiana.. their time is 1 hour ahead of Chicago time, and mild panic set in as we realized we weren’t early, but late. Luckily things were fairly relaxed (behind schedule) at the B courts, so everything was fine. We paid our registration fee and warmed up while waiting for Kayla, who arrived shortly thereafter, wearing pajamas and parking mostly sideways in a handicap spot. We had some breakfast beers for strength and got ready to do the damn thang.

Our first match was against “Peaches” and their speed proved to be too much for us. We failed to dictate the pace of the game and lost by a score of 1-5. None of us are very fond of losing, so we decided not to do that anymore. So we won our next two matches 5-1 and 5-1, then did a round of whiskey shots with our 4th round opponents before beating them 5-2. That ended the Swiss rounds and secured our spot as the 3rd seed (out of 12 teams). We then battled Decatur Illinois’ very own Handsome Boy Polo Club in the quarterfinals, and beat them 2-1. This was a particularly satisfying victory because it meant we earned the right to play on the A-court (Riverside Skating Center) in front of some of the best players in the Midwest. When our game was called we took the court and gave it everything we had, but we ultimately came up short, losing to “Hostess Urinal Cake” by a score of 2-3. Hostess Urinal Cake was then bested by “Kazza” in the B-class final match by a score of 0-5, and Dyngus: A Taste of Poland (Chris Williams CHI, Matt Lane CHI, Kremin MKE) beat The Makers 5-3 in a particularly exciting A-class finale. Champagne and fireworks followed, along with an awards ceremony in which Chicago’s Kayla Story won female MVP.