FULLY PRO: Time 4 Real Fuxing Reeferys
I saw my first fully dedicated referee in the spring of 2012, at the menace ESPI, wearing a Ben Schultz costume. It was tight - someone actually travelled to a polo tournament expecting to referee the entire time. And he did a solid fucking job.
It is clear by all of the useless internet bitching, moaning, whining, and straight up nonsense, that some want change for the benefit of the integrity and sportsmanship of bike polo. It is my belief that the only logical step forward is the use of referees who have a thorough knowledge of our game play and who also maintain a level of respect and confidence. We need referees at our tournaments who came to be referees. And maybe some free beer.
Now you may be thinking, "that is fucking ridiculous, no one is actually going to that shit." Well your wrong. The "closed region" qualifiers provides an opportunity to attend NAH tournaments as a non-playing ref. You have the opportunity to travel to a tournament, hang out with your buds, play some polo, and forget about the stress of competing. For some this is incentive enough. Perhaps NAH tournament organizers can get behind this effort and help offer non-playing refs additional incentives, be it a place to stay, free lunch and dinners and bourbon, or even a cut of the NAH fees. Lets make this fucking happen.
The Eastside NAH will be leading by example. Credit is due to our Torontonian homie who has graciously volunteered to come to Boston as the "head ref". We welcome and encourage more folks to jump on the bandwagon, and we'll make it worth your while, (Nick Kruse).