Hardcourt Bike Polo is an indoor team sport, much like regular polo, but which is played on hard courts instead of flat surfaces. There are two variations of this sport: hard court and grass. Each version has its own set of rules that can be followed, although they are essentially the same. It is best to be familiar with the rules of both hard court and grass court before attempting either.
The first variation is that which makes use of a stationary bike, rather than a horse or other animal. There is usually quite a bit more room on the hard court to manoeuvre the bike in, so it is often easier for the competitors to manoeuvre their bikes around the course than in a grass field. The surface is typically a lot harder as well, meaning that in addition to riding skills, the competition is also more exacting. The hard court bike polo game is often won by a few points, and a runner may end up losing if he or she misses any shots, as these can result in a tie.
A variation of the hardcourt bike polo game is called “3v3” version. In this version, there are three separate play periods, rather than just one. Each period consists of three players. Each player is designated one by colour – red, blue and black. This makes the game much more interesting to watch and allows each player to think a little differently about where their shot will land.
A fun feature of the international hardcore bike polo game is the “shoot out” challenge. In every game, there is always at least one person shooting against one another. If two teams have reached a draw, then whoever is on the winning team will get one point. If they then shoot fewer points than their opponents, they lose that game and their opponents take the lead. The last game of each set goes to whichever team has the most points at the end of regulation, and is played under a time limit. These time limits can be difficult for fans to remember, but the sport is well worth looking up to see when they are due to change.
The International Hardcourt Bike Polo Association is based in the United States
and is governed by the United States Olympic Committee. Although many people may not realise it, the US National Teams have also been involved in the sport for quite some time. Early pioneers of the sport include Seattle Metals who was amongst the first teams to use hardcourt bike polo surfaces in the United States. Since the late nineteen seventies up until the early nineteen eighties, many major companies from the United States such as Harley Davidson, Nike and Titleist have been producing top quality polos.
One of the major attractions of the sport for riders and enthusiasts alike is the fact that the bikes that are used can be customized. A rider can choose between carbon fibre, titanium or aluminum frames with hardcore bike polo frames being the most popular. Although the bikes can be purchased anywhere in the world, they are especially popular in the United States, and many riders will choose to buy a customized hardcore bike rather than a standard one. These bikes are built to match the exact specifications of the rider, allowing them to enjoy the best of both worlds. Whether a rider chooses to upgrade to a carbon fibre frame or a more traditional steel one, they will enjoy the unique attributes that these frames offer.
For riders in the Washington DC area, there is even a youth division of the Hardcourt Bike Polo Association called the Roundhouse Elite Youth Track and Field Team. These teams are made up of youths who are interested in both polo and track and field. They have made great progress so far, competing against other international teams. Rodeos have been held at the Verizon Center and the US Olympic Training Center in Maryland.
If you are looking for a way to give a gift that is meaningful as well as fun, consider purchasing customized using two teams from the Washington DC area. The two teams -amines and reserve/open -lend a unique identity to the Washington DC metropolitan area. The two teams will provide participants with the opportunity to show their support for the Washington DC metropolitan area and its residents by supporting the hardcourt bike polo events. The gifts can include customized using either two teams’ logos or a one of a kind unique item that represents the recipient’s interests or hobbies.
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