Cleveland Bike Polo: No horse, no problem as club looks to add members

Cleveland Bike Polo: No horse, no problem as club looks to add members

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's a sport you probably haven't heard of, but the Bike Polo organization in Cleveland is looking for more members.

Bike polo is similar to normal polo.

The sport has a goal, a ball and players use a mallet during a game. Instead of riding a horse you ride a bike.

Jon Bobel has been playing with the group for more than 10 years and he found out about the sport at a bar.

"It's another fun thing to do on a bike," Bobel said.

He said the sport has allowed him to meet new people across the country in tournaments and he has also made new friends in the process.

Jake Stevens is new to the area and this helped him meet people in the Cleveland area.

"It's not to serious, but it's serious enough," Stevens said.

Stevens is an active biker and he said bike polo allowed him to get better at low speed handling while cycling.

If you are worried about not having enough equipment, the group always has extra bikes and mallets you can borrow.

"I tell them just come out and try it," Robert Knauer said when asked about new members.

Players wear protective gloves and a helmet.

The sport features games of 3-on-3 and the first team to score five goals wins the game.

The game is played on a basketball court or a street hockey court.

"It's a little tough at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty cool," Bobel said.

At the start of the contest each team lines up on the baseline, once the starting whistle is blown players race to the ball at center court.

Bobel said the rules are designed to keep players safe and he has not seen any serious injuries in his group.

Players are not allowed to put their foot on the ground during a game, if a player violates the rule they have to go back to center court as a penalty.

If you are a beginner, it is recommended you use your mallet to help balance yourself.

The organization plays three times a week. You can find the group at Gordon Park or Kauffman Park, for more information about the group's schedule click this link.

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