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HISTORY

HISTORY

1891 : Richard J. Mecredy (Ireland) invents bike polo
1897 : Polo club in the USA & The Bicycle Polo Association (BPA) of Great Britain are formed
1908 : Bike polo is featured as a demo sport in the London Olympics
WWI stops polo
1938 : The BPA of Great Britain has 170 teams in 100 clubs with 1000+ players
(read an interesting article from 1938 here)
WWII stops polo
1946 : Bike polo has a new start in Aquitaine, Paris area, Normandy and Pyrénées
1994 : Creation of the Bicycle Polo Association of America
1996 : First International Championship of bike polo (USA): India, Canada and USA compete
1999: Hardcourt bike polo is played for the first time in Seattle
(“Hardcourt polo was invented by Jay Grisham in an office building in Seattle in the late 1990′s. Then it was brought and taught to the Portland messengers who organized the world’s first hardcourt polo at the West Side Invite.” Matt Case. View the Seattle Bike Polo video for more.)
2000: Hardcourt specific mallets were made out of bamboo and a street hockey ball was used
2002: Hardcourt bike polo spreads to Portland
2003: Tournaments pop up all over the West and Midwest
2004: Hardcourt bike polo spreads to New York
2006: Hardcourt bike polo spreads to London
2009: LHBPA forms
2009: European championships held in London (EHBPC 2009)


Present day:

Bike polo has moved on from its grassroots and is now spreading rapidly. In June 2008 there were around 50 cities playing hardcourt bike polo as we now know it. There are now over 220 cities, with an average of two new cities registering a new bike polo scene every week.

We estimate there are currently over 4,800 dedicated bike polo players globally with around a further 20,000 players that play bike polo less frequently (last updated: June 2010).

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