Qualification to WHBPC 2019

Regional Qualifiers and the NAHBPC 2019 will be Squad. The process for shifting from Squad to 3v3 for WHBPC was discussed and decided on by Regional Reps and the NAH Tournament Director and is as follows.

Traditionally we use NAHBPC as a qualification ground for WHBPC. We have only ever needed this system when WHBPC is on North American soil. Every time WHBPC has been held abroad, there has always been more spots available to the main event than teams interested in attending. If that trend were to continue, all of the following information is irrelevant.

With that said, the NAH feels that it is important that the players interested in NAHBPC and WHBPC understand the process for selection if more teams are interested in attended WHBPC than NAH has awarded spots.

WHBPC 2019 spots will be awarded based on success at the NAHBPC 2019

This system will involve reaching out to qualified teams immediately following NAHBPC and working down the list as spots become available. If there are still spots remaining after going down the list of finishers at NAHBPC, a general call will be made. The process for qualifying from NAHBPC is as follows:

  • Team of 6 Will be awarded 2 full spots and will require 5/6 players attending
    Team 1 (Player A, B, C); Team 2 (Player D, E, + added player). Both teams qualifying.
  • Team of 5 will be awarded 2 full spots and will require 5/5 players attending
    Team 1 (Player A, B, C); Team 2 (Player D, E, + added player). Both teams qualifying.
    If only 4 players wish to attend please refer to ‘Team of 4’
  • Team of 4 will be awarded 1 spot with a maximum of 3 members from the original 4 attending
    Team 1 (Player A, B, C) qualify; Player D excluded.

Please direct any questions to Mark Aseltine (NAH Tournament Director) at mark@nahardcourt.com.

Allocation to NAHBPC 2019

Regional allocations for the 2019 season are official. Below you will find your regions allocations based on a two-court NAHBPC. If the number of courts changes, the number of spots awarded will be adjusted accordingly.

For an in-depth explanation of the prorated ranking system used to determine Regional allocation, read here. Questions? Email the Tournament Director at mark@nahardcourt.com.

NAHBPC 2019 Regional allocations:

  • South West (SW): 3
  • Cascadia (CS): 3
  • Great Plains (GP): 2
  • Eastside (ES): 2
  • Mexico (MX): 2
  • Heartland (HL): 2
  • Great Lakes (GL): 1
  • South East (SE): 1
  • South Central (SC): 1
  • Northside (NS): 1

As regions announce their Qualifiers, info will be posted on the Qualifying Series page.

Reminder that for all qualifiers you must adhere to the following regulation unless your region agrees to any variations (subject to approval by the NAH):

  1. Follow the current NAH ruleset (2017).
  2. Qualified teams shall take greater than 50% of that team to NAHBPC or else their spot shall be forfeited to the following team from their region.
  3. Regional Reps are responsible for delivering names of successful teams to the NAH Tournament Director (date TBD pending NAHBPC).
  4. Regional Reps are required to make very clear to their region how teams will qualify for the NAHBPC.
  5. Qualifiers must be open to players outside of the region, but regions have the option of making restrictions during the first two weeks for “in-region-only registration” followed by open registration. See policy definition of “In-Region” below.
  6. Regions are responsible for collecting their own registration fees. More information about collecting fees with legal and financial protections from NAHBPA.

In-Region Status

A team can have up to 6 players, but can only dress 5 of those players in the squad for any given match. You must declare “in-region” wherever the plurality of your players who are attending the tournament are located. You are only allowed to register during the “in-region” registration period for the region in which you have declared or otherwise fit into! If you want to register in additional qualifiers, you have to do so after the “in-region” window has closed.

So, for example, if you have 3 members from “region A” and 2 members from “region B”, you are considered “in-region” in A. If you have 2 from A, 2 from B and 1 from C, you get to declare A or B. Here is a chart to help clarify:

Players, marked by region “In-Region” status

AAABB* Region A
AABBC Declare A or B
AABCD Region A
ABCDE Declare A, B, C, D or E

*If you do have a roster of 6 people, use the same logic, but with the players who are traveling and planning on playing. So if your team looks like AAABBB, but you are only playing 5 people, use the plurality to declare your region. If you are traveling and playing all 6, you can declare A or B but all of those 3 players must attend that tournament.

Multiple Qualifiers

If your team decides to travel to multiple qualifiers and successfully qualifies in both, you must choose the region for you to have “in-region” status. If you only qualify out-of-region, you will represent that region and the points system will allocate points to that region.

For questions regarding the schedule, format or allocation, please contact Mark Aseltine directly at mark@nahardcourt.com.

Numbers and Bike Polo

Occasionally playing members in North America take on independent work which is worth spreading to a wider audience. In this instance, Elliot Bosveld, of Seattle Bike Polo, has spent a significant amount of time studying the recorded games from the WHBPC 2017. He has put together an extensive statistics repost on his findings. We encourage others who take on passion projects to reach out to the NAH for air in publication to a wider audience. Please take the time to browse the link below.

Simplified NAH Bike Polo Worlds 2017 Stats Report by Elliot Bosveld

Posted in NAH

WHBPC Call for Bids

The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Organising Board is seeking early bids to host the 9th edition of the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship.

As previously advised, bids will be accepted only from Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Interested host clubs or regions are asked to complete the following form to provide information on their preliminary bid by 13 May 2018 – https://goo.gl/forms/Ituz5y5p3e5c5Zf72

Where information is unknown, note that in the form. Bidders will have an opportunity to update and refine their bid prior to a community-wide vote.

Bids will be presented to the polo community for feedback and discussion from mid May 2018. No new bidders will be accepted after 13 May 2018!

Bidders will be asked to submit final bids by 30 June 2018 and a vote of the community will take place in July 2018 with the winning bid announced in early August 2018.

Please note: the bid form does not include competition format (i.e. 3v3 or squad). Our top priority is finding a host club. Without a host, the competition format is irrelevant.

If anyone has any questions please contact your local rep about the bid.

Ai Tanaka
Member of the Japanese Bike Polo Association

Australia/New Zealand
Nick Dixon-Wilmshurst
Canberra representative on the Australasian Hardcourt Bike Polo Association

Gernot Gruber aka. Django
Member of the European Hardcourt Bikepolo Association

Latin America
Vero Enríquez Ruiz
Member of the Latin American Bike Polo Association

North America
Mark Aseltine
NAH Tournament Director

2018 NAHBPC Bids & Regional Qualifiers

Welcome to the official call for bids for the 2018 NAHBPC. This year’s call is going to be different than past years. As you might know last year the NAH brought an added level of support and collaboration to the NAHBPC than in past years. We helped create schedules for the tournament, we aided in the collection of team names and registration. We used our website and social media platform to distribute information and communicate to team captains directly.

This year we will be doing all of this and more. This year we will be giving out seed money to the club successful in hosting the 2018 NAHBPC. That’s right, we’re giving out money! Up to $2,275.00!

Here is a quick breakdown of the money we will be offering up to a host club looking to take on this years event:

$500 Winning bid (two courts)
$300 Additional Courts (for each additional court) max 4
$75/court Lights (until at least 10pm) to a maximum of $225
$50/court Court Access (symmetrical squad ready doors) to a maximum of $150
$100/court Reffing facilities (elevated, covered stands with functional scoreboards)
50% contribution Free Food (match costs on food, snacks, beverages) max $100/day
$5/Game Refereeing (for every game in the tournament we will front $5 for reffing)

These are the financial perks we will be offering up to the host of the 2018 NAHBPC. This along with the support from our team and the skills of past tournament organizing, we feel any club in the NAH has the ability to take this on and we encourage you to submit a bid. Interested hosts should consider how else they would fundraise for the NAHBPC in conjunction with NAH funds. Bids should be submitted via email (mark@nahardcourt.com) with the documents provided here.

The 2018 NAHBPC should be held no earlier than September 21st and no later than October 22, 2018. If you would like to host outside of this time window, please contact the NAH Tournament Organiser to discuss the feasibility.

Regional Qualifiers

Like last year, we are using the new prorated ranking system for regional allocation which factors a region’s performance over the previous four years. For a more information on 2018 regional qualifiers, read more here.

For any questions regarding the bid process or the application form, please contact Mark Aseltine directly at mark@nahardcourt.com.

For questions regarding hosting the NAHBPC, please contact Jennifer Spencer directly at jennifer@nahardcourt.com or Matt Krofcheck at thiscarcrash1@gmail.com.

Photo by Carlos Hauck