Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
To the poloverse from NA Hardcourt: a proposal for WHBPC 2011
Dear polo comrades from beyond North America.
First of all, we can't wait to see some of you in Berlin.
In North America, we're in the midst of putting together our 2011 tournament schedule. As an organizing body, North American Hardcourt will sanction and support 5 North American tournaments, including 4 “major” tournaments plus the North American Championships (NAHBPC).
Because WHBPC 2011 is the most important tournament of the year, we need to schedule NAH tournaments around it. And in the absence of a global organizing body that can decide on WHBPC 2011, we would like to offer to the rest of the world our decision-making structure, as North American Hardcourt (NAH), to select a North American city to host for WHBPC 2011.
The idea is that, if the rest of the poloverse accepts, NA Hardcourt would:
1. Get feedback from the global polo community about what people are looking for in terms of format, date, location, logistics, size, rules, and other factors for WHBPC.
2. Get proposals from North American polo clubs for major tournaments, similar to last year’s (see http://leagueofbikepolo.com/bid/nahbpc2010/madison for example). Clubs would have the option of having their bid considered for one of the 4 “majors”, and/or the NAHBPC, and/or the WHBPC. The best proposal we receive would win the right to host the WHBPC.
3. Bids would be due by mid-October and we'll have the 21 NAH regional reps vote on bids in mid-October.
4. Help the city that wins the WHBPC bid to work with the global polo community during the organizing process.
How does this sound to you? In the absence of a global organizing body, we feel this would be the most efficient and legitimate means of find an excellent host city for WHBPC 2011. So far we've talked to some organizers from Australia, Japan, and Europe, who have responded that this is a good way of going about it. So please send some constructive feedback on this. If you think the idea is crap, please respond with an alternative proposal that explains who would do the work necessary to carry it out. Also, please forward this to people who might care.