Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
bringing polo to the people
pretty much everyone you know, knows that you play polo, because it eventually finds its way into conversation at some point if you have been talking with someone for more than 10 minutes right? there are some standard conjectures about the concept of this game as it plays itself out in a newbie's mind without seeing it live, ranging from dangerous, to difficult to just plain silly. as a recruiter, how do you sell the concept of polo to someone new to this idea and sedate their concerns. and even when you think you have sold them they say, "oh ya, i'll come out next time," and never do. i understand not everyone has to be sold on the idea, as some people think its the most brilliant thing ever and jump in with both feet without so much as a nudge, but what kind of nudge can you give to the ones that do need it? the larger and long-standing clubs probably have the opposite problem of having too many people and not enough playing time, and might welcome infrequent players as it gives more time to the regulars. i dream of that day.