Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Can we get rid of the 3-2-1 countdown already?
For the longest time, we've said "3, 2, 1 polo!" to start a game. And we all know that everyone goes on 2. Much of the time the winner of the joust is just whoever jumps the gun more. It's also hard for the ref to watch both teams at opposite ends of the court at the same time to determine if there are any false starts (which wouldn't get called anyway...).
For all the games I ref'd in Bloomginton, I told the teams that there wasn't going to be a countdown and it was going to be started right when I drop my hand and yell "polo!" There aren't any disadvantages to this other than having to get used to something different. There are plenty of advantages though. Can NAH put this in the rules or something? Everyone seems to agree that it's better, but most people revert to the old 3-2-1 whenever called upon to ref. Let's lay it to rest once and for all and make some progress. Baby steps.