Busy Week!

So we have a lot going on here in the Lexington Bike Polo scene this week. As I type, we have several teams representing Lexington at the Riverside 2012 Tournament in Lafayette, IN. And for us folks who didn’t go to compete, we will be at Al’s Bar tonight at 9pm for the Triple Threat of Lexington Badasses Benefit show to benefit Ladies Army Bike Polo, Rollergirls of Central Kentucky, and Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop.

Tomorrow, we will be doing a trial run of court crack repair. Please come out to play pick up and help us repair the court surface at 1pm! If all goes well with the repairs, we will be spending lots of time at the courts this week to try to finish up the repairs. Please go here to check out the calendar and put your availability:

Court Repair Calendar

The Battle for Midwest – Kentucky’s Bench Minor team announced

Kentucky held their tryouts for bench minor team in Lexington last Saturday. Players from Louisville and Lexington were present. While most of the focus was watching players during regular pick-up games, each player also completed timed “suicide” style drills with and without the ball to demonstrate ball control and speed. Chris Simpson, who was named the Kentucky team captain by Bloomington Bike Polo, announced his picks for the eight members of his team Sunday night. Nick McClean, Matt Bailey (currently of Louisville), Jared Baize, Kyle Hord,
Colin Keinath, Tiffany Morrow, Jessi Connors, and Ben Wood were chosen to complete the Kentucky team. A team statistician has not yet been announced.

After the announcement, Simpson commented, “And just to say it this was really f***ing hard to do I wish they were teams of 12! I put Tournament experience in with this, that is a big plus knowing other playing styles. Also factored in how much you practice/show up to pick up.”
Saturday, April 7, 2012 – Sunday, April 8, 2012 Bloomington, IN
A midwestern state versus state bench minor tournament.

The format will be (world cup style) group play. Two groups of four, you’ll play round robin against the other three teams in your group. Top two from each group will play the top two teams from the other group, while the bottom teams will similarly play each other. *see diagram posted below*

Matches will be two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.

Teams of nine. One captain/coach (playing), eight players, and additionally one non-playing statistician. Feel free to declare/bring alternates but only 9 active players are allowed on the roster. It is up to the sole discretion of the captain to determine who is on the team. That captain can choose to have tryouts, a vote, a drinking contest, whatever, so long as you bring nine players from your state and one stats nerd. Though it is not a requirement, i hope the captains strive to include players from all the cities in your state that play polo. For example, i know chicago could easily fill their team with nine of their own but there’s two other polo-playing cities that i’m sure would love to be included. Again, it’s not mandatory, but if at all possible please try.

Ladies Army and Coed registration open tonight!

Ladies Army format: Swiss Rounds on Saturday the 28th and Double Elimination on Sunday the 29th
Registration for Ladies Army IV is set to open midnight central time Jan 30th. This tournament is for women ONLY.

Coed format: Double Elimination on Friday the 27th 10am
Registration for Coed tournament is set to open midnight central time Feb 1st. At least one female per team is required.

Trip to Keeneland to see live horse racing on Thursday the 26th 1pm. Registration party Thursday the 26th at 8pm.

Teams can register at http://www.hardcourtbikepolo.org

Login and Registration Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18LbXGwg_zhSkiFEwlF6_BqhSLTGq8AFZZuKn7UHAqgg/edit?hl=en_US

If you would like to volunteer, go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlrlMDLuEHOAdDZ6LWZiU2lhVVk4bk9FT0t0TTBKcmc#gid=0



Next Ladies Army planning meeting 1/26

Next meeting Thursday, Jan 26th at 8:30pm at Katie Jo’s!!
We’ll be discussing what sponsorships we’ve gotten, tournament registration process, the next Flicks for Tits movie, Tweed ride opportunities, polo beer brew, and other fundraising ideas.  Email 321@lexingtonbikepolo.com if you need directions.