Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
We started on January 29, 2012. We play Sunday afternoons at 4 pm (5 pm in daylight savings time) 23rd and 2nd in Vedado.
HBP was recently featured on www.travelbasecamp.com. You can see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHSwieCYH0 or on TBC's vimeo channel. Enjoy!
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
- John Cage
This page has been neglected in favour of our FB, but will post a couple of photos some of our newer members. David is only ten and played for the first time on Sunday. His dad, Tomás, is one of the best we have, possibly the best, with Vladimir & Laura and Raúl & Raulito, that makes three father-offspring pairs. At the rate the young'uns are progressing, I won't be surprised if one of these days they face off against their dads and win!
I'm sad to report that one of HBP's members died of a heart attack last week. Kiko was a stalwart, coming every week without fail (he brought the cones we used for goals, paired with the basketball uprights), even after his bike was stolen. He was always willing to help out in anyway he could and was a calming influence when competition got heavy and tropical temperatures rose. He will be sorely missed.
That's Kiko in the red cap, third from the left.
where the heck'd the ball go?
This page has been neglected in favour of our Facebook lately, so I'll post a couple of photos here.
Short video by Pável Escariz from the early days of bike polo in Havana.
Facing off for our first grass polo experience at our Christmas/Solstice/Hannukah/almost-first-birthday party. See more at our FB https://www.facebook.com/HavanaBikePolo
Here are Rey and Henry, ready to roll.
Some of these Niagaras are really too nice for polo, but what can you do? We're short of bikes as it is.
Last Sunday Conner and I went to Parque Acapulco but no one else did. Turns out it wasn't enough to say we'd start up again on Sunday, September 2 at 5 pm - they wanted phone calls to confirm! Anyway, we got a better turnout yesterday, nine bikes and more players. We had our first official membership meeting afterwards. Looks like we're on our way!
Conner sent me this to post on our FB but will post here as well for those of you who don't use it:
BIG ups to Little Rock poloista Brian Broussard who brought Habana Bici Polo some sorely needed donations – patch kits, inner tubes, a nifty all-in-one tool (could have used that one our last encounter!) and money enough for two bikes. Here’s what he says: “Lo siento que no pude jugar con BiciPolo Habana. Espero que esas cosas les ayuden hacerse los mejores jugadores de polo en todo el mundo. De seguro voy a regresar otra vez. !Viva bici polo!"
Thanks for your support, Brian. I hope we can give you a game or two the next time you visit.
Just set up a Facebook for HPB. Come visit! https://www.facebook.com/HavanaBikePolo
haha! Two goals, but one for the other team! (although can I get some bonus points for scoring in a skirt?!). This WAS tons of fun and people are getting really enthusiastic: we had 6? Cubans officially join the league - this will allow us to formalize it as a sport here; get people out to play; target donations; organize tourneys, etc.
Next matches are first Sunday in September, 5pm, Parque Acapulco. Im guessing after last week, this court is OURS!
Such a good time at bike polo yesterday - though at first I thought there might be more press than poloists: Associated Press sent FOUR (film and still photographers, print and live journalists)! The bikes kept arriving though and we had several chaotic but wonderful games. Conner is finding her groove - two goals!
check out this little guy's style!
Havana Bike Polo aka Bicipolo Habana made the back page of Juventud Rebelde (Communist Youth newspaper) today. Lots of photos on the photographer's blog..http://camarero.blogcip.cu/2012/07/19/bikepolo-o-bicipolo/ Enjoy!
I second that emotion! Many thanks to East Van, San Francisco and Seattle for welcoming me to your courts, lending me bikes and mallets and feeding me passes until I finally got that one lonely but sweet goal in Seattle. It was a particular thrill that it happened Where It All Began. :-)
¡Hasta la vista!
After a few encounters with polo players on the other side of the Straits, I have to say: you all rock! Cannot wait to get an international tourney together in Havana for all new friends and players. Havana awaits, folks!
Also, anyone coming down, here are some donations we could use:
- good locks (one of our players had his ride stolen off his balcony recently)
- inner tubes (26" and 28")
- brake systems
- white t-shirts (for printing up our logo!)
Rodney and Henry - future polo stars.
Photo by Conner Gorry.
here's another one of the same three...
Photo by Conner Gorry.
We've been having trouble uploading photos here. hope this works! These guys are from the extreme sports club and the Niagara bike club. The little guy is older than he looks, about thirteen, and was one of the first to play back when Alexis and Julia were here. If he ever gets the right size bike he'll be unstoppable!
Photo by Conner Gorry.
We're working on a logo for Havana Bike Polo/ BiciPolo La Habana. This isn't it, but I definitely want to make a t-shirt with it. Just need a wiz who can make the map green and the polo player red!
Oh pooh. I thought it would appear in this box but it just shows up as an attachment. Oh well, if you're curious, take a look.
This is my second try. Before it showed up as an attachment in the preview but not when I saved it. I don't have time to fiddle with it so if it doesn't stick this time I have to give up. If you're that curious, e-mail me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the current version, for a royal blue t-shirt. Coming soon to a tournament near you.
NOT our club logo; this is to fundraise to ship your donations to Cuba!
Hi everyone! The advent of bike polo in Havana is very exciting indeed! I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd ever match at Parque Acapulco a couple of weeks ago and it was a revelation. Watching Cubans discover a brand new sport is not something that happens around here often. In fact, I've pitched Air Canada's in flight magazine on a feature story about it (fingers crossed!) and want to give a big shout out to Alexis, Julia, and Chris for making this league a reality.
Now for the pitch: it's great that everyone is so willing to donate gear to make this league a success (bring it on !), but what we really need down here are bicycles. At the match I went to, gaggles of kids were scrambling for "el ultimo" (to go next) on the four bikes which had been scrounged up for the match. So next time you're traveling to the island, consider bringing a bike to donate - there are ways to do it cheaply/easily.
Thanks, Conner. I was just thinking about posting something on the bike situation. This Sunday we had only TWO! We took turns practising handling the ball, passing, etc., then the guys invented a game on foot with just the mallets and balls and teams of three. In lieu of the no dabbling rule :-) they made kicking the ball a fault and gave a penalty shot to the opposing team if someone touched the ball with anything other than a mallet. It was fun to watch - I wish I'd had a camera - and looked like fun to play, but no substitute for bike polo.
The old bandwidth problem: the site keeps timing out when I try to post this. I hope it doesn't show up multiple times after all.
Yeehaw!!! Just added Havana Bike Polo to my iapp Havana Good Time (new version coming presently!).
buenissimo chicos, quiero ver mas!
saludos desde argentina!
Muchas gracias, Federico. ¿Cuando vienes a Cuba?
Ah, si tienen una copia de las reglas en castellano, sería bueno tenerlas para l@s muchach@s. (hasta ahora son puros muchachos, pero espero reclutar algunas muchachas también).
cómo me gustaría viajar para allá a cruzar tacos con ustedes!!!
métanle pilas que enseguida suman chicas, por acá hace poco que empezó a formarse la liga femenina y ya van por el segundo torneo el domingo 26
las reglas oficiales las traduje y colgué en el foro de Argentina Fixed Gear: http://argentinafixedgear.com.ar/foro/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2213 por favor: siéntanse libres de registrarse y comentar cualquier duda
también estamos en fb:
El Progreso BSAS Bike Polo
CHEPOLO! 2do Torneo Sudamericano de Hardcourt Bike Polo 2012 BSAS Argentina
Aquí solo se habla de BIKE POLO! -grupo latinoamericano!-
Argentina Fixed Gear
en octubre -sábado 6 y domingo 7- celebramos el 2do Torneo Sudamericano de Hardcourt Bike Polo: CHEPOLO! -y por supuesto que están más que invitados!- se vienen chile, brasil, perú, ecuador, colombia...
mil gracias por el vínculo a las reglas. que les vaya estupendo en el torneo en octubre.
When do you want KW club to visit?
Any time, Neill! visitors are always welcome. My predecessor (in my job) was from the US and so envious that my friends and family can visit so easily. If she had been able to have more visitors she might have stayed longer. Hugs to everyone in KDub.
Welcome to LOBP and congrats on forming your club. We would love to help out your club by donating some shafts to get you started. Please email me at max[at]nsbikepolo.com and we can work out the details.
Hey Max, thanks so much. That would be great. Will e-mail you. Hugs to everyone in East Van. I hope to get to play on your new court some time in the next couple of years.
Así que feliz de ver esto! Yo estaba cicloturismo Cuba en 2011 y pensó que sería un polo como un complemento perfecto para su país. Si puedo entrar en contacto con cualquiera que vuele a La Habana me voy a asegurar para enviarlos con algunos bastones de esquí, cabezas, y las bolas!
So happy to see this!! I was cycle touring Cuba in 2011 and thought how polo would be a such a perfect match for your country. If I can get in touch with anyone flying to Habana I'll make sure to send them off with some ski poles, heads, and balls!
Viva la polo revolucion!
You're right Brent, the street vibe and DIY attitude are right in tune with Cuba. I just knew it would catch on if they had a chance to see it. When Alexis came last year he had his arm in a cast so we had to wait for this visit to introduce it. Thanks for the offer of poles and heads! Alexis brought some mallets, balls and extra heads, but we don't have hockey tape and the screws might be hard to find sometimes too. Extra ski poles would be great; as you can imagine, you don't see many of those here. :-) Matt Messenger gave me one of his bamboo mallets and I'm hoping someone will run with that idea. Give me a shout if you go cycle touring here again.
OK, it's not really South America, but there's no selection for the Caribbean and it's closer culturally, if not geographically. :-)
If anyone knows of a good version of the rules in Spanish, please send.
Donations of mallets, bike parts, balls, etc., gratefully accepted.
Same happen to us! I hope that the caribbean bikepolo can grow enough in the future to develop as an independent region...
¡Qué rico sería jugar con los borinquenses!
Tan pronto pueda convencer a un grupo te dejo saber!!!
YO SOY, PR