Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
2009 Palouse Cup
1st Ever Palouse Cup!
Format for this tournament will be a little different than the last one we held. You’ll register as a whole team (3 players) instead of individually. As of right now there will be two brackets – a collegiate bracket and an Open bracket. Players can participate in both, as they won’t be held simultaneously. We are working on developing a collegiate polo community, and this is our first step.
If you are a member of ANY college (state university, community college, technical college, etc.) please don’t hesitate to grab two friends and register! The bigger the turnout here the better things will be as we move forward.
Check the website for more information and to register!
EDIT - After reading the thread about how to host a tournament, I've learned a few things, like I should post all possible information here at the top... my bad.
-Footdown: Players must tap out at either of the two old tennis net support poles at half court if their foot touches the ground. Putting you feet on the fence or other objects off the ground is safe.
-No "hotdog" goals (read: no shuffle goals): You can only score points with the small ends of your mallet. Pretty typical/standard here.
-After a point is scored: Scoring team must return to their defended half and wait for a player of the offensive team to cross half court before they can engage back in play.
-Knockdown: If you knock over a cone thats used as one of the goals, you are responsible to reset it. If you have to put a foot down to do it, you have to tap out, too.
-Open goal rule: Since the goals are open, you may pass the ball through the back of them, but the ball must be passed once more before you can score.
-Contact: Contact is limited on an item-to-item basis. Basically that means person-to-person, bike-to-bike, mallet-to-mallet. No smacking the other players with your mallet or trashing them with your bike. That’s just not cool, bro.
-No high sticking: safety is important, you know?
-Mallets and bar ends need to corked/filled/whatever'd, just make sure no one can have a core sample taken from your gear!
-No throwing mallets. just like the montana meth project says... not even once.
I think that just about covers it. This is our first somewhat big tourney, where outside cities will actually be competing, so if you see we've forgotten something important, let us know!
Saturday: Now a two-day event, Saturday will play host to a swiss round style tournament with a very relaxed feel. This will be much the same as sundays double elimination event - 3v3, 15 minute games, 5 min sudden death, hockey style shootout if still tied... The results from Saturday will be used to determine seeding for sundays event.
Sunday: Both brackets will be based on a 3v3 tournament. This will be double elimination, meaning a losing team may still have a chance to come back and win it all.
Brackets will be filled randomly. I realize that this isn't ideal, but we don't have time to do round robin to determine seed before hand. If someone has a better suggestion, we are open ears.
We will be playing games of 15 minutes. If it’s tied after 15 minutes, we’ll reset and start a 5 minute sudden death round. If it’s still tied after that, we’ll move to a hockey-style shoot out.
The final game between the two top teams will be longer at 30 minutes with a break after 15 minutes. Same procedure goes for ties in the finals as it is in the preliminary games.
There won't be any set referee's for this tournament, but there will be plenty of spectators that will call you out. We want to keep this competitive, but still laid back and fun. Keep that in mind while you're on the court. Play your best polo, but don't be overly-aggressive, especially if you are playing a younger team.
Just come out, have some fun, and help us celebrate our 1st birthday as a club!
Boards are still in the design stage, but will be installed by the time of the tourney. They will be pretty mediocre, but it should be enough to keep the ball in play for the whole game.
Right now, we are only planning on having one court for the tournament, as I don't expect much more than 15 teams really. If more teams plan on coming, then we will open up a second court at the same location. FYI, it may not have boards... I'm not sure how much money I can come up with and if it would be enough for more than one set. This is another reason to let us know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
The courts are smooth cement with a few cracks that may lock on to some 700c wheels. As long as you're aware of where you are, it shouldn't be a problem (no one has gone down from these...not yet anyways). Any questions? feel free to ask...
1st place finishers in both the Open and Collegiate will receive a "Palouse Cup". Beyond that, I'm shopping for some local sponsors to throw some shwag in to the pool for more prizes.
WHAT THE ENTRY FEE COVERS-
Entry fee will cover food, water, the actual Cup Trophy, and any other necessities that will be required (napkins, paper plates, condiments, etc) Any money left over will be split and go to WSU's or UI's Bike Polo clubs to help develop them. We're also trying to get a few local sponsors to throw in some prizes...
Right now, I'm planning on either pizza or grilled food (burgers, hotdogs, etc). Water will be available as well. Feel free to bring a cooler with anything else you'd like.
still in development...
We should be able to host most all teams coming out for the tourney... unless this thing becomes hugely popular. There are some semi-affordable hotels and motels in the region. If you'd like more information about them, let me know.
We are looking for sponsors for this event, but this is something we don't have any experience with. Any help or direction is greatly appreciated!
Well I think that about covers it all? I don't know. I just went down the list in that Do's and Don'ts thread... if there's anything I forgot or if you have any other questions, let me know!