WHAT IS BIKE POLO AND THE AHBPC 2014?
Hardcourt bike polo is based on the hundred year old sport of grass bike polo and was reinvented in the early 1990’s for a modern urban setting. The sport is active in Australia and New Zealand since 2006 and is now established in over 300 cities across America, Europe, South America and Asia and is still growing. The sport is progressing into a new stage of recognition and legitimacy with Sydney recently establishing the Sydney Hardcourt Bike Polo Association. This social sport is an extremely open and welcoming grass roots community that is free, has members from all ages and is not gender based.
The Australasian Championships is the largest and most significant hardcourt bike polo tournament in our region, attracting the best players from around Australia, New Zealand, and guests from Southeast Asia, Japan, USA and Europe. Sydney will be hosting the 2014 Australasian Championships (AHBPC 2014) in March. This will be the sixth time the event has been held and the first time Sydney will be hosting it.
The annual event aims to encourage more people to ride their bikes, promote open sports participation to all ages and demographics, to demonstrate alternative social based sports, to showcase the growth of hardcourt bike polo year-on-year and to provide a platform and a qualification process for the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.
TOURNAMENT DATES AND SCHEDULES
The tournament will begin on the morning of Friday the 28th of March and finish at sundown on Sunday the 30th March. The grand final will be played at 5pm Sunday evening.
We recommend coming a day or two early as we’ve got a few extra events planned in the lead up. Court building will begin from Wednesday morning until Thursday afternoon with food and drinks provided for those helping out as well as preferential accommodation for the inter-state travelers that can assist.
Wednesday 26th March 2014
9am-6pm – Court construction
Thursday 27th March
9am-4pm : Court construction
4pm : Polocat, slow points race starting at the courts
7pm onwards : Welcome Party @ The Vic on the Park Hotel
Friday 28th March
830am – 7pm : Tournament games, swiss round format
7pm onwards : Dinner and drinks @ The Golden Barley Hotel
Saturday 29th March
830am – 7pm : Tournament games, swiss round format
7pm onwards : Dinner and drinks @ The Alexandria Hotel
Sunday 30th March
830am – 5pm : Tournament elimination games
5pm : Grand Final
7pm : AFTER PARTY @ The Imperial Hotel 7pm – 12am
Monday 31st March
9am-6pm : Court deconstruction and recovery breakfast/brunch/lunch/afternoon tea
After courts are down, pickup at pick-up court @ Alexandria Park Court
Number of teams will be limited to 48. When this is reached, teams can still register and will be put on a waiting list and advised if/when a spot becomes available.
Registration will open January 18th at 4pm AEDT (Sydney local time) on our registration page. Please visit the page in advance to review what information is required. Only one player is to register for the team. After submitting the form, we will send you a reply within 24 hours with payment details. Your spot is then reserved and will be confirmed once the registration payment has be made.
Please Note: If your team consists of 2 or more players that are from outside the region, registration will open a week later, on the 25th of January at 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
Registration will close one month before the tournament at 11:59pm on February 28th 2014.
Anyone can register and your team can consist of players from outside Australia and New Zealand. However, to qualify for the World Championships 2014 your team must have at least 2 players that are considered to be from this region. That is, they currently live, have lived or will be living in the region up until WHBPC 2014.
Registration cost: Registration fee is AU$50 per player. Payment to be made to the club by the close of registration at midnight on February 28th. For Australian players, payments to be made by EFT only. Players from New Zealand and overseas can pay with Pay Pal at a reduced fee of AU$45 (in recognition of exchange rates and fees).
Tempe Recreation Reserve in the suburb of Tempe, Sydney.
Next to a separated bike path. Riding times below:
Sydney Airport Terminal: 15 mins (3.8kms)
Alexandria Park, our pickup court: 23 mins (6.2kms)
Newtown, hub of our club for food, drinks, homes and backpackers: 15minutes (5kms)
Tempe train station: 5 mins (1.2kms)
Three full sized courts that are 33m long and 20m wide. Surface is relatively smooth, not too far off courts in Timaru. All courts will have 1.2m plywood lining. Standard pallet construction similar to that of Worlds in Geneva, EHBPC and Champs in Timaru. Map search for “LOT 7022 Holbeach Ave, Tempe NSW 2044“.
BBQ’s with gazebos next to courts
Bike tools and stands on site for mechanical assistance
Food supplied during court construction and deconstruction. Food trucks will be present for the three days of the tournament
Supermarket 10 minute ride away
A sports club and a pub within 5 minutes
Number of teams will be restricted to 48.
1st day: Random seeding into two equal numbered groups. Swiss Rounds used to achieve a rank (4 rounds)
2nd day: Rankings from first day used to seed teams into two separate groups. Points reset. Swiss rounds to achieve final ranking (4 rounds).
3rd day: Top 32 teams taken from final rankings after second day (top 16 of each group). Double Elimination format to determine the champions.
The current AHBPA rules will be used at AHBPC 2014. These are the rules that have been in place prior to Timaru. You can download and view them at this link.
The available space for hosting players is not great so it may be better to not rely on us to provide free or cheap group housing at this stage. Any available spots on couches will be first offered to those that can assist in the court construction and deconstruction. There are plenty of backpack options in the CBD (15 minute train) and around our pickup court in Newtown which have been used by polo players in the past.
If you wish to stay near the courts, there are a number of hotels available as it is very close to the Airport. Hotels in Tempe or that advertise as being at the Airport will be within 10 minutes riding.
The pre and after parties, as well as the after game dinner locations we’re organizing will be located around our pick-up court in Alexandria, Newtown, Redfern, Enmore and Erskinville. There is a separated bike lane from our pickup court that goes all the way to the AHBPC location and it takes 25 minutes to ride on a polo bike. Most of our players are located within these suburbs.
There are plenty of hostels around Redfern and the CBD in Sydney. There is a train that runs from Circular Quay via Town Hall, Wynyard, Central (all main CBD stations) as well as Redfern that stops at Tempe Station which is a 5 minute ride to the court.
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