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Western Conference Championships -- POSTPONED

Location

Tualatin Hills Recreation Center
15707 Sw Walker Rd
Beaverton, OR
United States
45° 31' 24.42" N, 122° 50' 19.2228" W

VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

The first bench format tournament on the west coast! Tournament will be hosted at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center outside of Portland. Teams will be club-based, 6-9 players.

8 teams

Portland
Seattle
E. Van
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Victoria/Nanaimo
Ashland/Olympia/Eugene/Pullman
Santa Cruz/Sacramento

Hey Portland!

I think this is a great idea, but I'd like to make a suggestion that might make for a higher turn out at both of your proposed tournaments.

I propose you move the co-ed tournament to the weekend of this tournament and run a one day co-ed and one day bench minor.

I foresee the weekend of the co-ed tournie (March 30-April 1) as being difficult for people in Cascadia to travel to, especially women as there is Polo Retreat (April 6-8 on Gabriola Island, BC) and Ladies Army (April 27-29 in Lexington, KY) - both previously announced and expecting high attendance. That's a lot of traveling in one month.

We'd really like to support you, because we love playing with you folks, but I'd like to suggest you consider combining these two tournaments. Could make things easier for organizing on your end too!

- Pitbull

(I am going to duplicate this post on the other tournament.)

Date conflicts definitely taken into consideration...

Combining not likely...

probably too seriously...

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So will the co-ed tournament change dates then? Or are you just being nice and saying you got my message?!

:) Need to meet with the board member first before official response is made...

probably too seriously...

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I know this is the wrong thread but Yes Please! Change the dates of the Co-ed. I would really like to be a part of that tournament but April is already crazy as it is. Do it any other time, that's fine with me, but the beginning of April is going to be really hard to swing.

Sounds like fun.

But Alberta Park is not big enough for "New Format" in my opinion.

RB

agreed - will most likely be at Rose City or larger single court setup...

probably too seriously...

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Lol people are making posters and shit and still no one knows what to call it!

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It's the New Official Minor Bench for Four or More Format.

NOMBFOMF!

I love you long time PDX!

West Coast is the Best Coast.. Sounds like alot of fun!!. And some Bomb buffalo wings from "Fire on the Mountain" sounds delish..

"We don't need no education"

raspberry habanero sauce, nuff said, my girlfriend works next door to that place

That would explain your recent weight gain.

Aww snap!

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For the lulz.

like this idea!!

Wyatt,tim
EV OG

i want to go to this

140x65

move to seattle with joe

yeah joe is on the squad now! watch the fuck out

will a 2/3 to 1/3 city team ratio be accomodated?

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

we are currently discussing the details for team rosters...

if I was a magic eight ball, my response would be "signs point to yes"...

more details to come very soon!!!!!

probably too seriously...

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I live on the western side of Chicago, am I eligible to join a team?

if I was a magic eight ball, my response would be "signs point to yes"...

Seriously though:)... this issue is at the fore front of our discussions...

probably too seriously...

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6v6 city squads with 2 out of town/region substitution players per team? = 2 full lines and 2 backups. we can have an out of region substitute player draft .

plus, I'm pretty sure I have a squad too.

We've been discussing exactly this, but without a draft. I don't want people to have to play with teams that they don't want to play with. I envision clubs getting together and looking at all the available free agents as well as the free agents sending applications into clubs. In the spirit of team cohesiveness, you should really only be playing with who you want to play with.

roger this.
west coast conference is basically referring to cascadia, plus the california clubs, correct?
I don't know how many teams would probably make this, but I'm gonna ballpark guess 6-12 total, with the majority being seattle and portland, but also teams from e.van and california should plan on making appearances. also, other parts of oregon may be able to throw together their teams, as well as pullman and the like.

anyways, once there's a team list, maybe the free agent/substitute situation will make itself clearer.

so stoked on this and it's not til june!

I was also thinking that you can't play on a team outside of your city if your city is fielding at least 1 team. What does the polosphere think about that?

we are trying to get away from the all-star format that previous large team tournaments have been. kremin has his own tournament that he can play in in the midwests so he really shouldn't be participating in this. i truly hope that we can make this city-based teams competing for club pride and bragging rights for the west coast.

Yeah Baby.

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For the lulz.

However you want to throw it. The biggest questions in my mind are how many teams and how do you want/expect teams to be formed?

What i wanted last fall was hand-picked captains who had free reign to select 5 more players. Hopefully captains would pick people from their home court, though not a requirement. Didn't work out that way for several reasons.

It could work out that way. IMHO, a draft is lots of work and too formal. If captains have enough lead time to name committed players 30 days ahead of tourney date (to allow players to make travel arrangements) then it would totally work.

What if Rory is asked to join 3 different teams? That's between Rory and the respective captains; he has to pick one team. What if Kremin is invited to play with Vancouver? Lucky Kremin.

Lucky Kremin indeed.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

Make rory a capitan, problem solved.

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

We're lucky to get 5 for pick-up. How could 1 or 2 from South OR get invited? I also know some Nor Cals that are interested, but same story.

*** Location Confirmation and Event Details ***

Oh man, oh man you guys are gonna like this one... We have been given the go ahead to hold the tournament at the "Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreational District"(THPRD)... Believe me when I say that this is probably the best court I've ever played on... ever...

FACILITY DETAILS(winning)...
-It's 80' x 160' (24mx50m). Feels smaller than Calgary NA's and yet bigger than Chicago Bench Minor.
-Surface is perfectly smooth, grippy and fast. The ball doesn't skip or change directions when booted full court. No tire slip outs either.
-Boards are above handle bar height with fence up to 10'. It plays like a hockey rink should...
-Two benches with two doors for each team. Bleachers around most of court.
-Grocery, beer, bar, pizza, coffee and hotels all within one mile of court.
-LIGHTS until 10pm every night. Not shitty Rose City tennis lights... they are real, stadium style, ah gahd don't look directly at them lights...

CAVEAT(professionalism)...
-At the THPRD, there will be absolutely NO DRINKING AND NO TOBACCO OR DRUG USE. You heard me right - no drinking at the event location... at all. This is a professional event at a professional facility and we absolutely have to 100% play by the rules. Come for the insanely high level of competition - not to get wasted with your friends.

-With that said, quite literally the closest building to the court is a bar. You can get as schnockered as you want there and walk the 10' back to the court to heckle all you want.

Here is the map... View Western Conference Finals - Location in a larger map

Here's a picture of a Peanut talking to a Ringer to give you an idea of what court side conditions are like. For reference, the Peanut is at the half-court line...

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like!

Crandall, you just made my day.

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

Potentially just made my year! That 8ball is working. The magic one.

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Credo quia absurdum

could we potentially get together and play some games on this court before the event? we were talking about some bench style games in january, weren't we?? :)

I can give you a definite maybe. Crandall has been in communication with the parks and rec folks and is trying to secure us a 'club night' once a week. Light out at 11. I think Thursday is the current first choice for day of the week. We'll be in touch.

i believe we still stand by our invite. you guys just need to tell us when you are coming so we can work it out. probably would have to keep it small though so we don't have to rent it out for the weekend, and if im not mistaken, we can't play on sunday there unless we were to pay for it cause hockey people use it.

Pick me!

actually. . our hope was that LA would bring a team

Tight

like your mom's shoelaces.

Max, do you ever run out of awkward commentary?

I've been getting better, but you know, that was a line from daniel nola's book.
If that offended you then I apologize. just playing around.

I do have my own Bench to go to But I want to vist Portland god damn it. In the last 4 years I've been the east coast million fucking times I want to go west smoke purp, slay goals, and stare at hippies whats wrong with that!

140x65

come for PDX3 on April 1st then stay til the Polo Retreat the next weekend in BC!

I would love to seriously, but it conflicts with a bunch of other stuff I have going on in my life in april

140x65

Just keen to this thread!! oh fuck yah and holy shit!@!! Nice work fellas. So count me in one way or another.

Matt Messenger
"Messmann"
bikepologuru.com
seattlebikepolo
since 1998

This is gonna be Dizz-ope!

Question..what City/Clubs are gonna get teams?
For example Here in Sf we can easly come up with 8 but Santa Cruz and Sacto probably can't. Can we join certain regions?

Just curious..

Either way I can't wait to be back in PDX...

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

we don't have the capacity to allow a large number of teams. . we have one court. one amazing court. and we want to have the best tournament possible for the amount of teams we CAN support. i am being a little deliberately aloof on this but expect more details to come. this will most likely be an invite tourney, as in we have few slots and want to fill them appropriately

If this does end up being a roster of city vs city teams, Nanaimo would like to officially express interest in attending this. We have 6-8 players serious about making this trip. I'm pretty sure we are the Westernest regular polo playing city in contiguous USA and Canada.

Good to know! Right now, we're definitely giving spots to Portland, Seattle, E. Van, LA, San Fran, and we have room for one more slot. We were considering a Santa Cruz/Sacramento mixed team because many of them expressed interest in attending, but probably couldn't field a full team from just one city. I have a few questions for you that I've sent via email that'll help us determine who is the best fit.

Eugene Or is working on getting a team together, are you saying their is no more room or "slots" for teams to play this tourney?

Unfortunately no, we're fairly certain that we've filled the last spot and we'll be making an announcement shortly.

2 days befor this event happens i will be moving to East Van.. should i play with L.A heads or with East Van heads?

"We don't need no education"

I'd say LA because it's the club you've played with most, but I'll bring it up tonight at polo for discussion with the rest of the organizers. We're playing at the court on which we're hoping to have the tournament and a regular polo week night, should be a blast.

Are you playing games with our heart David?

Mind, blown.

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

East Van watch the fuck out!! theres gonna be a new Sheriff in Town!!

"We don't need no education"

I can finally be your Joker.

2007 - King of The Juice
2010 - LEFTY MAGIC

East Van Renaissance 2012. This truly is mindblowing.

Announcing my free agent status.

P/M Hardcourt

Sorry pal, but that's not how it's going to work. The teams will be city-based i.e. a Portland team, a Seattle team, etc. We feel that this will inevitably lead to better competition between the teams because you'll be playing with people you get to play pick-up with all the time rather than a bunch of random players you may or may not know. This also makes it easier for spectators to become interested because it's a full-length game being played between two teams that represent cities everyone can recognize.

The concept of a draft isn't where bike polo is going.

Pullman...are you in for the bidding of the Non-Recognizable City Championships?

yep...smiling

P/M Hardcourt

I understand what you are saying pete. For the first rough draft new format tournament on the west coast it seems like you would want a mixed team of individuals from small clubs that want to travel to your tournament. It could be a good way to test your city based theory. I have a pretty good contraceptive opinion about overly restricting where bike polo is going, it is all about population control. Personally I would like to see more prolocreation.

P/M Hardcourt

Reese you can play with us! We need you!

Deaddog- sacbikepolo

Would love to play with you all! If it is okay with Portland.

P/M Hardcourt

We'll be making an announcement about the teams shortly.

Announcing my free agent status, too.

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I think the bench minor tournament style for a regional tournament is great but I think a rule for no substitutions of players from other cities is essential. You play for the city that you live in only, otherwise what's the point of having a city vs city tourney?

Remember that every sport that is city based (IE professional sports) has a draft that levels player talent across the field of play. Everyone who plays for the Seattle Seahawks is not from Seattle. Not every player for the Canucks is from Vancouver. A draft is only the most natural of additions to a sport looking to establish itself such as ours, and it's a good way to keep things balanced in competition.

I say that the only stipulation is that the majority of players must be from the city that the team is playing for, and that each draftee can only play for one city per year, and it can change every year if they want it to.

So, like I said, I'm available!!

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I feel like some people are misunderstanding the goal of making the teams city-based. The goal of city-based teams is to make it such that your bench style team is comprised of players that you get to play with regularly. In the 3v3 format, you only have 2 real teammates. In the bench style format, you have 4-8 teammates and as a result you'll get more practice time with your teammates during regular pick-up. You'll also have an incentive to work together with more people in pick-up. We hope to show that team strategy and teamwork on the court are and should be much more important than they are in 3v3. The goal isn't to exclude others based upon geography, that's just an unfortunate side effect.

If there happened to be a club that was made of up a bunch of players from different cities, but this club played together once a week, I'd say they'd have a legitimate claim to be a team in the bench style format. We have a few guys from Vancouver, WA who play with us. Are they not allowed on the Portland team because they don't live in Portland? Of course not. They can be on the team because they're active club members.

So again, it's not really about city vs. city, it's more about active club vs. active club. And it just so happens that most active clubs are restricted to one city or at the very least identify with one city.

Kruse, you don't play regularly with any of the clubs we're inviting, so you can't be on a team. Sorry bro.

Eh. But everyone that plays for the Canucks lives and practices in Vancouver, because they are paid millions of dollars to do so. A draft might help balance the competition, but Pete's comments about team cohesiveness and accessibility for spectators still stand.

Why do you think the competition needs balancing to begin with? And how can any bench style tournament not be obviously more balanced than a 3v3 tournament...? Think of the best team vs. the worst team at a 3v3 tournament. Would the skill gap be greater than the best bench style team vs. the worst bench style team at our tournament? The answer is obviously yes!

Easy there, I was talking at Nick.
If you want to make things interesting for spectators, then obviously balancing the competition is important. But it's also important to keep the level of play as high as possible, as you are trying to do.
Your tournament won't have much of a skill gap, but in part that's because you are being pretty restrictive about the number of teams/players that are entering. And that's fine, it's your tournament.
A draft would give you more balanced teams than city-based rosters, though. And it would help players from smaller scenes participate.
Either way it doesn't matter to me, and this debate doesn't belong here. I just thought that the professional sports argument was bogus. NAH isn't the NHL.

I'm going to go ahead and disagree that a draft would always make for more balanced rosters than city-based teams. You're never sure how people are going to play together with a draft. Look at the city-based style tournaments that have happened on the east coast and compare them to the Bench Minor draft-style tournaments... it looks like the draft makes it less balanced.

the whole point of this is that we are deliberately not doing a draft so all discussions about the pros and cons of drafts is moot

All I'm saying is you guys are missing out on a great opportunity by not getting me involved in this tournament. I'm your midwest enforcer, ready to drop mallet and gloves and fight for your team. Bring me up from the minors and I'll knock someone out.

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Question from SF

Can we have a non playing captain who does not count against total allowed players

wouldn't that just be a coach?

Yes but thats a different way of looking at it

Maybe SF will just send a half dozen coaches along with the team

Loud coaches

Finally someone asks a pertinent question worthy of thought and discussion.

Yo Dawg I heard you like redundancies so we got a PIN number for your PIN

Response requested by Monday 2/20

We will be democratically electing a captain
That person will choose players (mostly) as they see fit

Thanks

Deal, response by Monday.

This is going to be fecking factastic..............it is so obvious already that the W. C. Championships is definitely NOT going to be toilet.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Question:

If someone (or a few someone's) wanted to come from SD, could we play? If so, who would we play with/for? We would not have 6-8, that's for sure.

*** Official Response ***

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that we'll have an official press release for the Western Conference Championships (WCC) by this weekend.

It will include but not be limited to....

-Invitations to cities
-Tourney format overview
-Team selection guidelines
-Humor and off-beat candor

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Hold on tight, y'all

For the love of God Eric Bryce Crandall, Give me the details.

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

relax mike. tryouts for the seattle team will take place the first week in march. it will include, but is not limited to: bike polo, mile run time, 100 m run, style points, obstacle course, biathlon results, plus an apple pie cook-off.

I want a press conference for this Crandall.... get somebody filming, some cameras with bright flashes, a tired ass coach, and an obnoxious reporter in the crowd!!

*** Official Response ***

We will be inviting 6 teams:

Portland
Seattle
San Francisco
Los Angeles
E. Vancouver
Nanaimo

What we're looking for is groups of people who play together regularly (weekly). A player can be considered a member of that club if he plays with that club weekly. We understand that this might be hard to enforce, but we know who will be moving around and how often folks play pick-up. We gots that insider information. The goal is to have the teams be comprised of folks who play together often and have good teamwork as a result of playing together regularly. We want the teams to be able to practice amongst themselves during their normal pick-up nights. Hopefully this tournament is able to show how important teamwork and bench strategy are when playing a bench style tournament. The team that wins probably won't be the team with the most superstars but rather the team with the best teamwork and strategy.

If there is a guy from San Diego who has been playing weekly with the Los Angeles squad, he will be eligible to play with LA in our tournament. If there's a player who is moving to E Van and hasn't played with them more than once or twice is not eligible to play with E Van. A player who moves to Seattle and has been there for a few months and playing weekly will be eligible to play with Seattle. You know who you are and we know who you are. At this point in bike polo, the community is thankfully small enough that we don't think we need things like proof of residency. Don't try to bullshit us, we will call you on it. When you finalize your roster, we will let you know if any players on it aren't eligible.

Teams will be 5-9 players and will be figured our entirely by your club. We will have a contact point for each club who is *not* a captain, merely someone who lets us know what their club's line-up is. You guys can settle it however you want. You can have a club vote for a single captain then have him/her decide. You can have a vote for all 9 players. You can throw names into a giant punchbowl, but that probably isn't the best strategy. The point is that your club needs to come to some sort of consensus on how the team is selected. Rosters must be finalized and sent to me and Crandall via email by 1 month before the tournament date. Also, there very well may be a date coming shortly. More on this soon.

The tournament format will be a round robin followed by a single elim with 4 teams. Every team will play each other once before the playoffs. You will play 4 games on Saturday and play your 5th (the only team you haven't played yet) on Sunday morning to determine playoff spots. The playoff will be ranks 1v4 and rank 2v3 for the semi-finals. It'll be exactly like the bench minor in Chicago for those of you who were there.

I will be reffing every game that Portland isn't a part of. I'm going to be running around the court and shit, getting in everyone's way, blowing whistles in your faces, and throwing yellow cards fast enough to slash tires. Having fun will be illegal and you will be penalized if I feel that you are having fun while on the court. Shuffles will count (not really). I'm going to need 1 other similarly grumpy and obsessive about the rules yet overbearing and loud person to ref the games that Portland will be playing. Contact me if you're interested. A ruleset is in the works for our tournament... among others.

Lastly, I can't make this announcement without at the very least suggesting that our tournament might be the part of something bigger.... there are several bench style tournaments that are confirmed already. Keep your eyes peeled for the future is now.

Thanks Pete. I was confused about the number of players -- poster says 8 but I'll a. ssume 9 is the correct answer.

Interesting to hear of your plans for ref domination. Seems sarcastic (not really). Normally i'm happy to ref. Obsessive and loud i can do. Grumpy and overbearing i try to avoid. Running & whistling on court is definitely not gonna be me. (Assuming i make it to the event.)

Can we vote not to have Pete as a ref?

You've never seen me ref, why don't you want me to ref?

I don't think we want a Midwestern ref out west.

Are you seriously trying to suggest that the fact that I started playing polo in a certain region of the country is enough to determine the kind of ref I would be?

nope. But it is so fun to get your goat Pete!

You can have all of my goats, Rory.

Oh, one part I forgot to mention:

Each time can have 2 non-players on their bench. One coach and one equipment manager/mechanic/great motivational speaker.

Also, Pete. Can you confirm the dates for this? I know what it says at the top of the page but I hear there has been talk about other dates? Please confirm.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

We know that you folks have a wedding, we're figuring it out, don't worry, you will be included.

Thanks.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

Dates are critical. People have been marking these dates in their calendars already.

When do you expect to lock it down?

3/1, hope that's not too long.

Perfect, tks again.

The parks guy I'm talking with for permits is out of the office until Feb 27th - We'll get confirmed dates shortly after that...

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I'm up for reffing 2 games the first day and one the second day Thats 3 hours solid . Hopefully we will have enough others to cover.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

i'll give back rubbs, wash feet, carry coach's clipboard, scream at reffs giving out yellow cards and give motivational talks to the first team that picks me. Oh and I have a bit of reffing experience if I'm needed, too. Providing happy team endings(its the new format), I just want to be involved.
Yours in Polo,
Reese

P/M Hardcourt

Hey Pete , Getting Refs together then allocating them to particular games B4 the tournie starts (with the option of swapping with one another if necessary) would be great for everyone and obviously if someone wants to reff more they can request more reffing time.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

This is gonna be an Epic Bench Minor..Can't Wait!!!

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

new format

bench STYLE!!!

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yeah I can live with that too

Ouch dude. Nanaimo, but not Oly. Guess who's not invited to the next west side invite?

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I got 99 bitches, one ain't a problem.

^ lol

The tournament was posted well before the teams were announced. If you wanted to be considered, you could've emailed me. That's what Nanaimo did.

oh burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn! do people still say that?
sorry brah. nalympio?

put me in coach!!

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I got 99 bitches, one ain't a problem.

Really proud to be a part of this club of ours, thanks guys

Portland United
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Cough, vancouver, Cough.

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Ouch.. Jr.

Portland United
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Kisses.

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how about a team for the outcasts? Ashland, Eugene, Olympia, Moscow, Sacto, Santa Cruz, San Diego? We'll all send our best gun, it'll be like the globetrotters?

With only 1 court, we can host a maximum of 6 teams... sorry!

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*** OFFICIAL UPDATE ***
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It is likely, but not yet confirmed officially, that the dates will be the weekend before, June 15-16.

Also, we would like to announce that we're going to be allowing in 2 more teams, one full of stragglers from the northwest, the other full of stragglers from the southwest. Eureka, Ashland, Pullman, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Olympia, Eugene, we're looking at you! I'll be in contact with the clubs in order to figure out how roster selection will work for the 2 multi-club teams. It'll need to be as democratic as possible, we're not choosing a captain and leaving it up to him.

To clarify, teams will be 6-9 players, not 5-9 or 6-8 as it says above.

I'm also going to need 2 refs from different cities for the games that Portland is playing. Let me know if you're interested.

Available to ref.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

I'll be there and able to ref. This is the best news ever!

P/M Hardcourt

I can reff to your standard Pete. You will get away with nothing .....Nothing I tell you NOTHING.
Only kidding, Polo Shall Prevail. Count Me

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Are the dates still un-official ? Cause whats wrong with July 7, 8 weekend, or 14,15 weekend? Just asking...

******** official response ********

Dates will likely be pushed to 2 weeks after NAs, July 21/22.... trying our best to work with the parks n rec folks!

so the Western Champs are after the NA's? isn't that like the world series before the playoffs? or maybe the polo season starts July 12th? not that I care, just trying to understand.

NAs is 3v3, our tournament is bench format.

dates, dates, dates - ah gahd dates... I understand the need to have confirmed dates asap... let me assure you I am doing my very best to get them worked out...

If it helps with the delay in dates - I've put in an application for alcohol permits(beer garden) so that you can enjoy adult bevy's at the event...

probably too seriously...

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officially straggling! anyone else? I'm in Ashland and can maybe rally some more...

We're inviting a mixed team from Pullman, Olympia, Eugene, and Ashland. I'll be contacting those clubs after dates are confirmed.

Pete, you have me so confused with all of this.

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what is confusing? we're trying to secure dates for 2 weeks after NAs in MKE which would be July 21-22.

*** OFFICIAL DATE CONFIRMATION ***

July 14-15

That's right, it's the weekend after NAs for 3v3 in MKE. It's the only option available after the decision to change from the original date.

Rest up for that week in between. Or practice. Just come ready.

You know that makes this a (pre) birthday tournament, right?
You ready Mike?

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

Oh wow, we finally got dates nailed down!!! I truly wish I could have made it two weeks after NA's, but we're playing at a primo facility that is in high demand from all sorts of "sports"...

If it makes you feel better, I'm negotiating to have a beer sponsor/garden at the event space...

probably too seriously...

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Hey Nice one peeps. Appreciate the effort. Can you change the dates at the top of this page now to avoid any confusion for peeps that have yet to check it

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

nice one pete. thanks for the confirmation.. hope to be there !

Feel the rythom feel the ryhme come on ya'll its bobsled time!

Yo Dawg I heard you like redundancies so we got a PIN number for your PIN

"bench format" aka "new format": making bike polo exclusive since 2010.

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Any format for any game that aims to produce the highest level of competition is going to exclude people based upon skill. What's wrong with this sort of exclusivity? Or are you talking about some other kind of exclusivity?

What team am i on?

Portland United
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East Van, you'll have been a member of their club for a while come tournament time.

says who, you? i don't think so...
don't play with my emotions pete, we all know who kicked this idea off and was asked by menace to head it up then passed it off to his team mate. that person was me
the very fact that you would pipe up comment like that tells me you could't give a fuck about me and well frankly i'm hurt. after welcoming you to portland it's not hard to imagine this would be the case based on your actions since.
your competitive nature gets the best of you sometimes, eh?
there are reasons that can't be discussed here that you know clearly have made it impossible to reside in my city of choice. stop it, you are being overbearing and honestly annoying.
let's leave it up to the real people in charge eric crandall and chris proulx not some fucking know it all always dropping his un-welcome egotistical 2 cents on everyone

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

You're part of E Van's club and not Portland. I don't see what the issue is.

Also, I contacted Menace first then started included Eric (and others) in the emails. I don't see why that's relevant.

pete.. it truly saddens/infuriates me that you are behaving this way. who the fuck died and made you god? you haven't been in portland a year yet, you think you can steal my team away from me while i'm away and start calling the shots. get a fucking grip, you a smart guy but you're getting ahead of yourself

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

I don't understand what exactly you want me to do or what you think is wrong about how the teams are decided. You're living and playing polo in E Van so you should play with their team. If you were living and playing polo in Portland, you'd play with Portland. It's simple.

ok, you are done sir... cut off. i have spoken with the appropriate peeps. you can shut the fuck up now.. don't get close to me next time i see you i'm hot

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

I seriously have no idea what you're mad about or what you think I'm done. Even Eric agreed that you'll be playing with E Van when the issue first came up.

It sucks that you're pissed at me and I haven't even done anything to you.

you know nothing of my status, i know nothing of my status... all i know is most of my shit is in portland and i'd like to come back sometime and sort shit out. the fact your chump ass is so fucking involved in ousting me out of a club you just joined is infuriating. it's like "oh sorry dude you went up to east van for bit so when we decide teams this leaves a spot open" i could be back at alberta tomorrow, and i might... what the fuck would you do then pete?

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

If you're here and you're playing with us come tournament time, then you're on our team, it's that simple. You're acting like I wouldn't want to play with you if you moved back. That's wrong. You should play with the club of your current city of residence.

If you were at Alberta tomorrow, I'd say 'welcome back, glad to have you on the team'.

****** OFFICIAL UPDATE ******

Victoria/Nanaimo unfortunately had to withdraw as they feel that they could not field a complete team, so we're cutting it back down to 6 teams:

Portland
Seattle
E Vancouver
Los Angeles
San Francisco/Sacramento
MIXED TEAM

This enables us to facilitate a true round robin. Everyone will play everyone else (5 games each) before the final four single elimination playoff. The mixed team's composition is TBD, but will be something along these lines:

2 from Ashland
2 from Bellingham
2 from Pullman/Moscow
2 from Olympia
1 from Eugene

If your club has any interest in fielding a player for the mixed team, please contact me. I'll be contacting folks from the clubs listed here shortly.

I'm coming, I haven't heard any replies from anyone I sent mail to, so maybe they'll take your word for it. Let me know what you find out.

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If you aren't sinning, Jesus died for nothing.

I got 99 bitches, one ain't a problem.

I'm interested in filling the Eugene Spot and have 2 other good players if other cities don't come through. Is the Cascadia mixed team finalized yet?

Mark

PoloEug

ill be coming down.

I'm coming solely as a heckler, spectator, and maybe an officiatator (which makes me official dictator over the games I'm reffing)
but serious, I wanna ref!

I thought bike polo was a friendly sport.

what this x count thing? i click on one with out knowing..smh...
Sorry i was really looking forward to PDX but with NA's a week before i can't see how i could possibly make it..

Peace to all the Gods and the Earths!

I will be there with bike and mallet. But I am not on a team (yet?).
If there are any open spots, i'll be available and ready.

Lefty Bullshit!

San Francisco have announced there team .To keep the interest going . Anyone wanna put up a coozy as a side bet ....................coz yer all going down.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Have fun guys.

I'm not going to make it the weekend after the NAs. East Van will be representing but I think a large portion of our players going to the NAs can't do two weekends in a row.

A least I don't need to deal with Pete's refereeing.

We changed the date for you guys...

dude so rory bear and chris and maybe even alex along with other east vaners cant go cause its the weekend after north americans. i really want east van to have ALL of their ballers. what can we do? nothing? it would be weird if they werent there.

I already bought plane tickets for this. I bet SF has as well. It would be pretty fucked up to change the date after that. Plus, I heard this was the only open date the courts had until like, October.

polopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolopolo

Don't change things for us. East Van will likely have a team, just not our top team.

Rory_Bear wrote:

Don't change things for us.

kinda already did in the first place :-[

Ahhhhh, cookies and their crumbling...

Dates listed at the top of the page are final - July 14-15, 2012. The event space is absolutely 100% booked and this is literally the only weekend I can reserve :\

Also, you can expect an fairly comprehensive update on the event by this weekend. It'll include all sorts of "information" like: registration, team organization, Sat/Sun format, housing, food and maps.

probably too seriously...

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We might have a team out but I haven't spoken to everyone. Seems like IF we do bring a team it will definitely not be our top one. Here's to being Cascadia's punching bag for a weekend!

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

You guys have enough depth to field a solid team without those guys. We will just be happy to see all your smiling faces

*smile*

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

now if east van doesn't win (IF),
you can blame it on the fact that it's not the top team.

hahaha.

pass

********** Official Update 06-04-2012 **********

Registration:
-$250/team.
-That's $27 per 9 person team.
-Teams pay using paypal - ebcrandall@gmail.com
-Teams must register by June 30, 2012

Team Rosters:
-Rosters must be submitted, in written e-mail to ebcrandall@gmail.com, by June 30, 2012. Alterations to rosters after June 30, 2012 must be submitted by mail, signed and in triplicate, to the Polo Laboratory.

Team Composition:
-Teams are to consist of a minimum of six(6) and a maximum of nine(9) polo players. Teams may additionally have two non-players on their roster, filling the roll of "coach" and "equipment manager".
-As envisioned, Coaches will call lines and direct their team during matches and Equipment Managers will coordinate the exit and entrance of players during matches, as well as provide mechanical support.
-Reiterated, the maximum number of people on a team is nine(9) players plus two support roles, and the minimum number of people on a team is six(6) players.
-Non-players are eligible to play ONLY if another member of their team is forced out of the tournament due to injury or catastrophic mechanical failure (e.g. their bike literally broke - see Henry in Chicago Bench Minor).

Saturday/Sunday Format:
-6 teams total.
-Everyone plays everyone once, then top 4 teams play off for Championship.
-Saturday: 3 matches 10am-7pm
-Sunday: 2 matches 10am-4pm
-Sunday: #4 vs. #1 / #3 vs. #2 / Winners of both play for Championship 4pm-7pm.
-Option to play out 3rd/4th place game if time permits.

Transportation:
-The MAX train - Blue Line - will take you to within 1.5 miles directly south of the event space on SW 158th St. You can get on the MAX at many spots close to down town. The total ride, one way is ~40min. and costs $5 for a round trip ticket. Bikes/gear are welcome on the MAX train and one team can easily coordinate to take the same train together.

-Driving - on HWY 26/NW Sunset HWY - will take you ~20min. to get to the event space. Parking is free and directly next to the court.

-Map of Knowledge - https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200973606369960710370.0004b66c3b41f...

Housing:
-We'll coordinate the specifics as the event date draws closer, but for now.... Teams essentially have two options - Staying with Portland Bike Polo or at a Hotel.

-Staying with Portland Bike Polo: We'll do our best to house teams together. It's free/easy and fun, but unless your host has a giant car, you'll be taking the MAX Blue Line to the event space. Most of Portland Bike Polo lives within a 15 minute ride to the MAX.

-Hotel: http://www.homesteadhotels.com/property/Homestead-Studio-Suites-Portland... The Homestead Hotel is located >1mi. from the event space and will run you ~$80 night. It's a "Studio" type thing and comes with small kitchen/laundry and other sweet amenities. There are of course a number of cheaper, closer to the city options that are close to MAX Blue line that can be found by consulting the internet.

Beverages/Smoking:
-On the event property, there is absolutely no drinking or smoking of any kind. This also means no disguising drinks in other containers or any other tricks we all know to secretly drinking in public. The facility has a strict zero tolerance policy and our ability to play here is crucially dependent on following these rules. To this point, anyone caught smoking or drinking will be asked to leave immediately. If this person is a player or a support staff member they will be immediately disqualified with no substitution allowed to fill their vacancy. Smoking is allowed in the parking lot adjacent to the court.

-That said, there is a bar/pizza <20' from the event space. I'm in contact with them and am working out cheap specials for everyone attending the event.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them publicly here on the LOBP or privately through my personal e-mail listed above.

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

Okay this goes out to the cascadia random team. If club reps could call me 360-51zero-441eight I would like to go ahead and get this shit settled.

Eugene Club rep, I want to play in this, how many do you have yet? Tried your number, not working.
Mark

PoloEug

hahaha!
can i please play on the portland team? i read somewhere on the internet that a guy on the team just quit playing bike polo all together...
please...?
p.s. east van won't have me, even though they are bringing their sucky team

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

i crack myself up...sorey...

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

Woadie is on the East Van team. Portland, you can't have him. Pete, eat a dick.

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...

Uh, what? You did see above where I said exactly that, right?

No way dude. woadie belongs to us. check his id.

No way dude. woadie belongs to us. check his id. look at his bike. Does it say east van on it?

HAHAHAHA!!!! Good times my friends.. I will slay with my homeys from/in Portland. Pete, eat a dick! If you still play polo anymore... I would be honored to kill it with you and the rest of the team.
GO PORTLAND!
agad i miss all of yous..
p.s. thanks falco

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

HOUSING HOUSING HOUSING
If you like staying at a hotel please book your rooms at the http://www.jupiterhotel.com/ and say you are here for Portland Bike Polo. If you like staying at polo players houses please contact me drew.cascadia@gmail.com . or you can just find a sweet hostel or a cheap motel around the area. What ever you like let me know and Portland Bike Polo will set you UP!

*** Bump ***

Team rosters and registration fees are due by June 30th, 2012.

Don't let this date pass you by waiting for NA's to happen - register now and take a load off your mind!

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

**** 2 weeks until team rosters and registration is due ****

I've yet to receive any team roster information or registration fees from the cities slated to attend the WCC.... don't sleep on this as the competition is quickly approaching.

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

I will be up there anywho and would like to play.
Please let the person coordinating the mixed-city team know.
Or I could sub for a missing/injured player, etc...

Lefty Bullshit!

**** EVENT CANCELLATION ****

Due to an overwhelming lack of interest, Portland Bike Polo is cancelling the Western Conference Championships.

Win, lose or draw - we had to make a decision... Two cities withdrew from the event, other cities can't send their best and some just don't have their 'ish together. Simply put, the event does not make financial or logistical sense for our club and so we have chosen to cancel the event instead of having it be not worth peoples time.

Thank you all who put time and energy into trying to make this happen. Our dream of holding a Cascadian Bench Format tournament is not lost and we look forward to the continuation of this vision in the 2013 season.

Keep you mallet on the court,
Eric

probably too seriously...

www.eighthinch.com

hey Portland ,Thanks for the immense effort you put into make this happen. San Francisco as a club will be gutted to hear of the cancellation. See you in Milwaukee

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

Bummer to hear this isn't going to happen. I wouldn't have been able to play that weekend anyway but really want to see the Bench format take off.

Twitterings around the court up here in north Zion... Gonna have something up in here!!!

Portland United
www.eighthinch.com

Will east van show up for this one?

Oh snap! <3

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The only reason anyone does anything.
For the lulz.

WCC isn't cancelled! It's just postponed! Right? I think this was mostly a matter of bad timing, rather than lack of interest. LA is definitely game for this showdown.

Ride, bake, polo, repeat.

damn it I was just gonna book my flight and try to find a team! :( very sad. I woulda went to NA's if I known this was gonna cancel.

Santa Cruz feels ya on that one definitely. Brandon , Shitty and Pat qualified for NA's too but a couple of them decided to choose this tournament to attend coz both wasn'T possible.

"So this is how it ends"MACHINE

So, this gonna happen this year Crandall?

Okay catfish, I'm going to move my mouth like this...