Yo! We've been playing bike polo in Thunder Bay since 2010 so why haven't you joined us yet?? We play at Frank Charry Park (901 Pacific Avenue) during the summer months and in the old Hillcrest High School during the winter.
We're always looking for new players and we welcome all skill levels to come and try it out! There's no cost to play in the summer and all you need is a bicycle and helmet. We provide the mallets & high fives.
Who Can Play?
Anyone. If you can ride a bike with one hand, you can play bike polo. It’s an all-inclusive sport; age and gender do not matter. Our players make up a pretty even split of females /males and the average age is probably somewhere in the late 20’s to early 30’s but ranges from 16-40.
When & Where?
We play pick-up games twice a week during the summer at Frank Charry Park in the East End. Summer pick-up is free and usually includes a BBQ.
Sunday afternoon: 2-5pm
Tuesday night: 7-10pm
We play in the small gym at the old Hillcrest High School during the winter. Cost is $10/person to cover rent and your first time is free so you can see if you like it or not. Join the TBBP facebook group to see when the next indoor game is.
Basically, you just need a bike and helmet to get started. You can use whatever kind of bike you want and you don’t have to make any modifications if you don’t want to. Some people play on bmx and others play on old cruisers. It doesn’t matter because it’s fun no matter what you play on. Just come out and play. You can worry about building a polo specific bike later.
We have spare mallets for you to use. Some people wear hockey helmets with a cage to protect their beauty, some wear knee and elbow pads. Some of us have no sense whatsoever, just wear a helmet and cry like babies when we fall.
Footage of our 2013 tournament courtesy of ShawTV
2015 SLAY THE BAY DETAILS COMING SOON!
Our annual tournament, Slay the Bay, is held at the end of the summer and is open to all skill levels. In the past we've had players from Minneapolis, Winnipeg and Kitchener travel to Thunder Bay to play. We also have a couple local tournaments every year where we focus on pairing rookies with more experienced players.