Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Bike polo nets: what's best?
I think the first nets at a major tournament was at NACCC 2008 in Chicago. They were PVC, held down with sandbags, and controversial. We saw a few more in 2009, like at the Grief Masters in Karlsruhe (see the yellow, folding nets below).
Nets became really common in 2010 at tournaments like ESPI, Bench Minor, East Van Crown, NAHBPC, Midwest Open, etc.
And they are now mandated at NAH sanctioned tourneys. But there is some flexibility in the NAH rules, which currently state: "Goals should be no larger than 200 cm x 95 cm and no smaller than 180cm x 85 cm". For those that prefer inches, that's minimum 70 inches wide, maximum 78 inches wide. minimum 33 inches, maximum 37 inches.
The NAH rules committee wants to get rid of that ambiguity, but we want to know what people think before we do so.
If you have nets, please leave a comment, with:
1. Size are your nets? (Height x width)
2. Shape of the footprint of the net, and the "top shelf" if relevant, with measurements if you have them.
3. Construction materials and techniques for the frame.
4. Materials for the netting
5. Total cost for building them, including labour (if someone welded them for free, how much time did it take?)
6. Please upload a photo or two, including a design blueprint if you have one
Photo by Guidoline