Segway polo

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Segway polo is a team sport which started to gain some measure of popularity after being played by members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group (Bay Area SEG) in 2004. The Bay Area SEG was not the first to play polo on a Segway HT; a team sponsored by Mobile Entertainment played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show in 2003 although the Bay Area SEG members were not aware of this match at the time they first played the sport. Segway polo was developed as it is played today by the members of the Bay Area SEG and other groups and teams that have joined subsequently.1

History

European Polo Championship 2010 in Hemer

Segway polo is similar to horse polo, except that instead of playing on horseback, each player rides a Segway PT on the field. The rules have been adapted from bicycle polo and horse polo. Two teams of five players each hit a ball with their mallets, trying to get the ball into the other team's goal. The regulation field size is 200 feet (61 meters) by 128 feet (39 meters), and the goal is 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide by 5 feet (1.5 meters) high. A regulation match consists of four 8 minute quarters, known in polo as "chukkers." The ball can be struck with the mallet or any part of a player’s body or Segway but may only be directed using the mallet. A goal can not be scored off of any part of a player’s body or Segway unless it occurs accidentally.

Although not a major sport, Segway polo is gaining popularity and teams have begun forming in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Barbados and New Zealand among others. Some of these teams have started to compete against each other. The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body for Segway Polo.

The Segway Polo world championship is the Woz Challenge Cup, which was established in 2006 when the Silicon Valley Aftershocks played the New Zealand Pole Blacks in Auckland, New Zealand. The result was a 2–2 tie.

In 2007, it was played in San Francisco, California, with the Aftershocks defeating the Pole Blacks 5–0.

The 2008 Woz Cup was played in Indianapolis, coincident with Segwayfest 2008. The California Gold Rush defeated the Silicon Valley Aftershocks for the championship by a score of 3–2. The Funky-Move Turtles (Germany) placed third and the Polo Bears (California) placed fourth.2

The 2009 Woz Cup was played in Cologne, Germany. The Flyin' Fish from Barbados took first place, beating the Silicon Valley Aftershocks 2–0. Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple Computers, was there to play and present the cup; Victor Miller, who wrote the script for Friday the 13th, was also on the Aftershocks team. The Flyin' Fish have been playing Segway polo for only four months and dominated the other teams hailing from the United States, Germany and Austria.34

The 2010 Woz Cup was played at the Lion Castle Polo Estate in Barbados. Once again, the Barbados Flyin' Fish won, this time beating the Germany Blade Pirates 3-1. A total of eight teams participated, including two teams from Barbados, two teams from Germany, one team from Sweden and three teams from California.5

The 2011 Woz Cup6 was hosted by the Folsom Breakout7 and played in Folsom, California from June 16 to 19, 2011. There were a record 12 teams competing. The Germany Blade Pirates avenged their previous year's loss against the Flyin' Fish and beat them in the championship match by a score of 1–0. The Swiss Tournament rules was applied.

The 2012 Woz Cup 8 was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden by Stockholm Segway Polo Club. It was played with 14 teams participating from 9 nations. The Balver Mammuts won over The Blade Pirates in the final with 2–0. The Stockholm Saints, Sweden, beat the Austrian team Vineyard Devils with 4–0 for the bronze match. The goal zone rule was introduced in Woz Cup for the first time. The games were held during June 6–10 at Östermalms IP and Zinkensdamm in central Stockholm. Moving from one arena to the other after group play, the caravan of Segways was 102 Segways through central Stockholm. Finland and Lebanon were among the new national teams joining for the first time.

The 2013 Woz Cup 9 was held at the Hotchkiss field at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, from July 20 to 24th. 9 teams from 5 nations participated. The competition was hosted by the Lebanon Cedars. The Stockholm Saints, (Sweden) won over Team Barbados in the final with 2–1. In the bronze medal match, the Blade Allstars from Germany beat the Balve Mammuts (also from Germany) on penalties.

Venues

Known polo teams

Team Place/Country Note
Aftershocks 10 Silicon Valley Original Segway polo players and creators of Woz Challenge Cup. Tied in first Woz Cup, 2006, and 2007 Woz Cup winner.
Junkyard Dogs 1112 Oakland
Folsom Breakout 13 California
The Originals California
Polo Bears 14 California
Pole Blacks New Zealand Original challengers for newly created Woz Challenge Cup in 2006
Segway Polo Club of Barbados 15 Barbados Club currently has two teams (see below)
Flyin' Fish 16 Barbados Woz Cup Winners 2009 and 2010, runnerup 2011
Rum Runners 17 Barbados 4th Woz Cup 2010
Funky-Move Turtles 18 Germany 3rd place Woz Cup 2009, 2010
Blade Pirates Solingen, Germany Woz Cup Winners 2011, runner up 2012
Blade Dragons Solingen, Germany
Blade Gliders Solingen, Germany 4th place EM 2011
Balver Mammuts Balve, Germany Winner EM 2011, Winner German Masters 2012, Winner Woz Cup 2012
Balver Cavemans Balve, Germany
Swiss HT-Polo 19 Switzerland
Austrian National Team 20 Austria 4th Woz Cup 2009, 3rd place 2011
Vineyard Devils Austria 4th Woz Cup 2012
Stockholm Saints /former Sweden National Team 2009-201121 Sweden 5th Woz Cup 2010, 4th Woz Cup 2011, 6th EM 2011, 3rd place Woz Cup 2012, Winner Woz Cup 2013
Stockholm Blue Saints 21 Sweden
Stockholm Vikings21 Sweden
Lebanon National Team Beyrut, Lebanon
Finland National Team Finland
Hemer Butterflies 22 Germany 4th Woz Cup 2009
  • The first open European Polo Championship was held 16–18 July 2010 in Hemer (Germany)
  • The second open European Polo Championship was held 30 September – 2 October 2011 in Berchtesgaden/ Königsee (Germany)
  • The first open German Polo Championship was held 19–20 May 2012 in (Germany)
  • The third European Polo Championship was held 3–7 October 2012 in Balve (Germany)

See also

References

  1. ^ History of Segway Polo, International Segway Polo Association, retrieved 28 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Woz Challenge Cup Results", International Segway Polo Association, retrieved 28 April 2010.
  3. ^ Clemens Schminke, "Fliegende Fische auf kippeligen Rädern", Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 20 July 2009, retrieved 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ WOZ-Cup 2009 at Segway-Polo Deutschland e.V. (German)
  5. ^ "2010 Woz Cup Schedule and Results",[1], retrieved 10 January 2011.
  6. ^ "2011 Woz Cup",[2], retrieved 10 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Folsom Breakout",[3], retrieved 10 January 2011.
  8. ^ "2012 Woz Cup",[4], retrieved 5 January 2012
  9. ^ "2013 Woz Cup", [5], retrieved 11 July 2013
  10. ^ "Welcome! – Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group". Bayareaseg.com. 2004-07-11. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Segway of Oakland". Segway of Oakland. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  12. ^ "Segway Junkyard". Segway Junkyard. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  13. ^ Folsom Breakout (2010-03-29). "Folsom Breakout Segway Polo Club". Folsombreakout.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  14. ^ http://www.polobears.org Polo Bears
  15. ^ "Segway Polo Club of Barbados". Segwaypoloclubbarbados.org. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  16. ^ "Barbados Flyin' Fish Segway Polo Team". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  17. ^ "Barbados Rum Runners". Barbados Rum Runners. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  18. ^ "Google". Funky-move-turtles.de. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  19. ^ http://www.shtpa.ch/default.asp?choix=en
  20. ^ "SEGWAY mieten in Oberösterreich (OÖ)". Segway-emotion.at. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  21. ^ a b c "Stockholm Segway Polo Club". Stockholmsegwaypoloclub.se. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  22. ^ "Segway Polo – Hemer Butterflies". Hemerbutterflies.jimdo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 

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