This is the official set of rules developed by the North American Bike Polo Association. It covers everything from squad format, referees and officials, equipment and facilities, game and tournament format, game mechanics, penalties and more.
Format & Version
We began developing the Ruleset on a new platform called GitBook that was created specifically for technical documents that require collaboration and version history. With this transition, we decided to end the numbering system (this would have been version 5), and instead move to a year-based numbering system and PDFs will have their date at the end (e.g. NAH_Ruleset_2017_v41317.pdf).
Additionally, there is a changelog of every single edit that is made, but the notable changes are always made by creating what is called a “branch” or “change request”. Anyone with editing access can create a new “branch” and after they have finalized their update, I can “merge” the change into the master document.
There is also the ability to “fork” the ruleset to create your own. This will be useful for Europe, Australasia, and South America to move freely and continue innovating or clarifying rules for how the game is played in their local championship series. Lastly, these “change requests” can be commented on by anyone for the author to gather feedback.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn more about contributing via comments, branches or forks. Major updates/change requests always have an update number marked in parentheses (i.e. #46, #45, etc.) and minor updates are simply logged by the section that was last edited.