Organized campaign to improve polo courts?
I feel that with many discussions on growth of bike polo, perhaps as a community we should be collaborating to help get courts built. If not courts, places that playable.
I have a few ideas:
Regional Strategy. Target cities/areas that have other communities that would benefit from park improvements.
-This means researching and contacting junior/amateur roller hockey associations and working with them to build courts that are mutually beneficial.
-If your city doesn't have any sort of hockey presence, they will still likely put up basketball courts. Some basketball goals use two posts. These can be a better fit for impromptu courts. If a city is already going to make improvements to a park's basketball courts, we should have ready the pros of using this kind of goal to make the court multi-purpose.
Media packets. Groups like NAH can develop simple paper and electronic publications that can be given to municipalities and potential partners that outline the benefits of this kind of development.
-This means creating an image that isn't going to scare off people. We need a family-friendly advocate that makes us a less scary group of tattooed drunks crashing everywhere.
-This means creating an image of a legitimate sport. Lots of great work is going to draft official NAH rules. Having provisions that address the safety expectations of players, can preemptively address concerns about liability. We should show that the risks we take are no greater than other mainstream sports that cities cater to.
Repeat. If your city gets a court, talk to your city officials, and request that they write letters of support for this kind of project. This kind of document can be kept in the hands of the NAH (or similar internationally), and be a part of the media packets for the future. City officials can hear from each other, and see that other cities find this kind of development has been justified.
These are just a few ideas I have, and they could use some refining. I just think that it's a good time to talk about some of these, because these are the types of thing we can do now. I believe that this sort of thing can have a cascading effect, but it requires us working together. In general these kinds of developments will help grow the sport and provide a greater degree of access. It can mean more tournaments (because more clubs would have courts), and thus a raising of the bar for us.