Hardcourt Bike Polo
Two teams of three players play in an enclosed rectangular area (ex. parking lot, tennis courts, or roller hockey rink). Cones or small goals are placed at each long end of the rectangle and serve as goalposts/goals.
At the beginning of the game, the ball is placed in the middle of the court the players wait behind their own goals. Following a countdown, both teams charge the ball which is called the “joust”.
A player may hit the ball in two ways: a “shot” or a “shuffle”. A shot is made with either end of the mallet head whereas a shuffle is made with the side. In order to score a goal, a player must hit the ball into the opposing team’s goal with a shot; if the player uses a shuffle, the goal does not count and play continues.
Following a goal, the scoring team returns to their own half of the court. After the scoring team returns to their half, the scored-on team may cross the half line and resume play.
The game continues until a team reaches a pre-defined limit of three to five goals. Some cities also impose a time limit, which is informally invoked by spectators as play draws on.
A player who “dabs”, (touches a horizontal surface with their foot), must undertake some form of remedial penalty before making contact with the ball again. This usually involves either riding in a circle or “tapping out” (riding to a designated point on the court and touching it with the mallet). It is also common to have to say “foot down” to let other players know you are out of play. You should avoid affecting play of the game at all cost after a foot down occurs.
The amount of contact in a particular game may vary but is generally restricted to “mallet to mallet”, “body to body”.
As a decentralized and organically growing game, the rules and styles of Hardcourt Bike Polo may vary substantially from city to city.