Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Tournaments, Regions, Seasons.
Here's a can o' worms for y'all:
Currently we have invitational tournaments. Strictly speaking the invitation is open to anyone who can make it, and the prize is awarded to whomever plays best over the course of that tourney.
Most of these tournaments are labeled as regional; East Side, North Side, Mid West, Etc. This year we see two international tourneys (CMWC and NACCC) that will crown their best-of-the-weekend-of-players with World and North American titles, respectivly.
My issues are thus: 1. I'm kind of a bugger for semantics, and 2. I, like a few others, believe that within a few more years like this one, there will be leagues and seasons and real championship titles. To that end; we will need to start playing with consistent teams/alternates, keeping track of our records at inter and intra city play, having city and then regional tourneys to qualify for larger, national and international championships. Oh and we should all be playing by the same rules.
Am I alone on this? Will this ruin polo for some people and attract other, more competitive/less cool people to polo? Should we consider eventually making the regional contests exclusively regional? Are we organized enough to consider everyones records with fair-enough scrutiny to seed a real, season ending championship? Is it too soon in our development to be thinking about this?