Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
The History of Bike Polo
Hey guys, I'm doing an information article on bike polo for Movement Magazine (www.movementmagazine.com), and I need your help with the dates. I took a some information from Montana's thread and all around the site, but I just want to check facts and get opinions on what else I should include, without muddying the article with too many dates.
Bike Polo Timeline
THE EARLY HISTORY OF BIKE POLO
1891 : Richard J. Mecredy (Ireland) invents bike polo.
The first start
1897 : First cycle polo club in the U.S.A. & The Bicycle Polo Association of Great Britain is created.
July 1908 : Bike Polo is featured as a demo sport in the London Olympics.
WWI stops polo
1938 : The Bicycle Polo Association of Great Britain has 170 teams in 100 clubs with more than 1000 players.
WWII stops polo
1946 : Bicycle Polo has a new start in Aquitaine, Paris area, Normandy and Pyrénées.
1994 : Creation of the Bicycle Polo Association of America.
1996 : First International Championship of cycle polo in the U.S.A. with India, Canada and U.S.A.
Source: Polo Velo (http://www.polo-velo.net/english/history/history.htm)
THE START OF HARDCOURT BIKE POLO
1999: Hard-court bike polo is played for the first time in Seattle
2000: The first hard-court specific mallets were made out of bamboo; a street hockey ball was eventually decided on. Mallets would eventually come to be made out of ski poles and high impact piping.
2002: Hard court spreads to Portland
2003: Tournaments pop up all over the West and Midwest
2004: Hard Court Polo spreads to New York
2006: Hard Court Polo spreads to London
2007: Hard Court Polo Spreads to Jacksonville
2007 East Side Polo Invitational (ESPI) featuring 13 teams
2008 ESPI featuring 22 teams
2009 ESPI features 34 teams
2009: The 2009 Hard-court Bike Polo World Championships is capped at 48 teams
2009: Southeast Side Polo Invitational features about 25 teams.
2010: SESPI has 48 teams