Bike polo puts fresh twist on classic sport
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- We're accustomed to seeing people riding horses and playing polo, but bike polo is a fresh twist on the classic sport, and it's growing in popularity.
"Polo is definitely becoming more and more popular. There's clubs in every city," said Krista Carlson, organizer of L.A. Bike Polo.
It's a bit like traditional polo, except it's on a bike and has another set of rules.
One of the most important rules in bike polo is to not let your feet touch the ground. So what they actually do is balance on their mallets.
"The other main rule is like-on-like contact. The rules are body to body, bike to bike, and mallet to mallet," Carlson said.
Most of the time, they wear the usual bike safety equipment, but the wheel covers aren't just for looks.
"They keep things from getting stuck in our wheels like balls, pedals, mallets, feet," Carlson said.
To those who are curious, the welcome mat is out. A good day to start is rookie nights on Tuesday, Carlson said. And if you don't have a bike, don't worry.
"Everyone pretty much is willing to lend their equipment," said one player.
If you're interested in seeing bike polo in person, there is a tournament coming up later this month. The tournament is part of the L.A. County Bicycle Fest on Oct. 20-21.
bizarre news, bri winkler
- Venice beating caught on cam; suspects sought
- Baca acknowledges deputy hiring issues
- Hollywood burglary suspects caught on camera
- MoneyGram scam victims receive refund checks
- Venice boardwalk crash victims recount ordeal
- East LA coach charged with molesting 2 teens
- LAX suspect indicted on 1st-degree murder
- Yellowstone supervolcano bigger than thought
- Man kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital
- Reporter rejects Toronto mayor's apology 31 min ago
- Colorado school shooter wrote plan on arm
- abcnews: Father, daughter recreate wedding photos
- Timberlake helps fan propose to girlfriend
- Photos: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts at 'August' debut