I started playing bike polo about 4 years ago when I first moved to Seattle. I’d been out riding my bike around the city one night, and as I passed through Cal Anderson Park I saw people on the basketball court riding in circles. I went over to watch and was soon out playing my first game of polo.
Polo is a traveling party. The fact that I could roll up to nearly any major city in the world and have a place to stay plus like-mined hosts to show me around and play polo with is in essence what makes it such a great community. There are hundreds of clubs and many are added all the time. (List of clubs).
Recently there has been an influx of polo player moving to Seattle including some of the top female players in the world. After having a taken couple years off from polo to play roller derby I’ve started playing again on a more casual basis. It’s definitely exciting and encouraging to have more women around. I love it!
I know polo can be intimidating and the skills needed can be a huge barrier for many people who’ve considered playing. And let’s be honest, when a bunch of guys get together to play sportsball, it can get bro-ie which leaves many women feeling on the outs. But the truth is, everyone in Seattle Bike Polo is approachable. I encourage anyone (men and women) interested in playing to stop by Cal Anderson Park any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening to check out some pick-up games. For more info about getting started visit www.seattlebikepolo.com.
So when you ask me if I love polo, my feelings and my answer are complicated. It’s been said that polo is a cruel mistress. We’ve had our ups and downs. It started as love at first sight followed by fiery passion that could not be sustained. Now I’m back around, a little. My appreciation for polo now is a more steady abiding one, and the game will always have a place in my heart.