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  • So there is talk about a specific polo court potentially being built in two different boroughs.

    A while back, Ray and I came up with a polo court drawing and here's where we left off at.


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  • The inner rectangle lines are there to warn of approaching walls.
    The inner 'D' semi-circle is designating the 'goal-area' which all players start the game in at the joust and it's the area which you return to after scoring a goal.
    The outer 'D' semi-circle is designated to take the ball out in case of a shuffle or the ball coming back through the goals.
    Then there is a half-court line.

    These dimensions are somewhere between Newington and Mitch. Being about 2 meters wider than Downham. Goal to goal is about the same distance as the back walls of the set-in goals at Newington, there is an additional 3 meters of space behind the goals, kinda like if the set-in goals weren't at Mitch and we kept our goals in the same place. Goal width is the same as the euros.

    Things I would change:
    -Corners less rounded with maybe a 1 meter radius.
    -Larger semi-circle, or 'D' removed. (I feel we should move to the two-touch rule as we are of the minority -or maybe the only- people who use a 'D')
    -Maybe add a quarter-court line instead, which you return to after a goal is scored. (Again, keeping in tune with the way the rest of the world plays but keeping it behind half court.)

  • ;927917']... (I feel we should move to the two-touch rule as we are of the minority -or maybe the only- people who use a 'D')

    I really go back and forth on this one, if we're the first to have a specific polo court built then who says we cant institute the 'D' rule. It's much more clear when a player takes the ball out of the 'D' than it is to tell if the ball has been passed when everybody is swarming around the goal.

  • A purpose built court would be great.
    What about 2 courts side by side + lights?

    I'm cool with the D's but the corners need to be sorted. It should still feel rectangular.

    Oh and a roof would be nice!
    What areas have been looked at?

  • i think the d rule works, two touches would mean if the ball came through the goal to you 10 feet from goal you still couldnt shoot as you would need to take two touches. outside the d works really well imo.

    and i think less rounded or angled corners like at the euros would work better, having a hockey court style (wide rounded) corner would change the game a lot.

    looks great though

  • I can't really tell from the drawing but goal lines/marking where cones should go would be good.

  • i'm not sure about the small d, surely we can start from the goal line? and tap out behind it? just seems a bit weird.
    Also i agree with snoops about the d rule, and less rounded corners - more rectangular is much better.

  • other than than, nice one!

  • A purpose built court would be great.
    What about 2 courts side by side + lights?

    I'm cool with the D's but the corners need to be sorted. It should still feel rectangular.

    Oh and a roof would be nice!
    What areas have been looked at?

    If there is room for two courts side by side, YEA! Lights will have to be a definite.
    A roof... um... expensive, but worth pushing for.

    Corners definitely too big/rounded on the drawing. 1 meter radius is what we used for the quali's at Newington so imagine that but rounded. It's about the same as was used in Berlin and Munich. I can't remember what radius is used on the drawing but it looks massive, like 15 or 20 meters.

    I can't really tell from the drawing but goal lines/marking where cones should go would be good.

    Yea, The entire vertical line of the inner rectangle goes over the goal line and there's two little dots along the middle part of that vertical line. Look at the 'D'

  • i think the d rule works, two touches would mean if the ball came through the goal to you 10 feet from goal you still couldnt shoot as you would need to take two touches. outside the d works really well imo.
    ...

    Yea, I think I'm agreeing more and more with the 'D' rule.

  • i think the d rule works, two touches would mean if the ball came through the goal to you 10 feet from goal you still couldnt shoot as you would need to take two touches. outside the d works really well imo.

    and i think less rounded or angled corners like at the euros would work better, having a hockey court style (wide rounded) corner would change the game a lot.

    Im totally down with the D rule, it works well, and is easy to ref whereas two touch is far more contentious.

    as for the rounded corners, i like the hockey style corners, keeps the game fast (very fast!) is the ball can whip round and out again.....although i suppose i may think differently if i had actually played on such a court. anyone with experience got any input?

  • Nice mike for bring this up, yeah like everyone else so far D rule works.

    I think the drawing is an old revision... we did make it 1 or 1.5m radius corners. Which i think will work a lot better.

    I think the overall size of the court is good.

    other things to think about:
    standard size for a tap out point,
    posts square or circular,
    walling heights (euros was too short)
    standard goal height,

  • fuck it, i'm moving to London

  • North north north north London polo... just come down next weekend.

  • ...

    I think the drawing is an old revision... we did make it 1 or 1.5m radius corners. Which i think will work a lot better.

    ...

    Yea, I just found this one which was redone for the euro courts. It has 1.5m radius for the corners. But it's smaller and there's only 1.5m behind the goals.


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  • fuck it, i'm moving to London

    Yea, I originally posted this in the L.P.C. forum but moved it to the bike polo forum because what happens here could potentially affect you guys.

  • I would rather just one D, between the two existing ones, the simple the better

  • ;928147']Yea, I originally posted this in the L.P.C. forum but moved it to the bike polo forum because what happens here could potentially affect you guys.

    Cool. We need this so bad in Manchester

  • the simple the better

    +1

  • i'm not sure about the small d, surely we can start from the goal line? and tap out behind it? just seems a bit weird.
    Also i agree with snoops about the d rule, and less rounded corners - more rectangular is much better.

    I would rather just one D, between the two existing ones, the simple the better

    What if there are set-in goals? The middle player wouldn't be able to start the game on the goal line.
    It seems that the most common way to set up for the charge is for the middle person to charge, the player to their right moves into goal and the player to their left hangs back and is ready for defense or ready to sprint ahead for offense. Therefore the inner 'D' or 'goal area' was formed which is a bike's length away from the goals. This is pretty close to the goal for taking the ball out for a shuffle or back through the goals. That's why the outer 'D' was formed.

    I know none of that is permanent positioning and not set in stone but it's one observation I've made when thinking about this at the polo courts.

  • why not the 3 player charge from the goal line, no need for the middle one to be a bit forward.
    and my idea of a single D bewteen the other two makes the D far enough of the goal for the ball to go out incase of a shuffle

  • My point being about what if there are permanent goals with a top bar fixed into the court?
    The middle player could not physically be on the goal line unless they off to one side of the goal.

    I know that most everybody prefers movable cones to something fixed but what if it's something a council demands? We should be prepared for it.

  • I see, maybe the guy in the middle need to have the back wheel on the goal line,
    or
    fuck the guy in the middle and the three guys star behing the goal line, where ever they can

  • wowsers - if it went ahead where would they be built Mike?

  • Southwark and/or Islington. A person from each of the boroughs have spoken about interest. It's a long shot but...

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