Segway polo


Segway polo

Segway polo is a team sport which started to gain some measure of popularity after being played by members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group (Bay Area SEG) in 2004. The Bay Area SEG was not the first to play polo on a Segway HT; a team sponsored by Mobile Entertainment played in the Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show in 2003.

It is similar to horse polo, except that instead of playing on horseback, each player rides a Segway HT or PT on the field. The rules have been adapted from bicycle polo and horse polo. The opposing teams' players hit a ball with their mallets, trying to get the ball into the other team's goal. Although not a major sport, Segway polo is gaining popularity and teams have begun forming in the United States, Germany, Spain, and New Zealand among others. Some of these teams have started to compete against each other. The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body for Segway Polo.

The Segway Polo world championship is the Woz Challenge Cup which was established in 2006 when the Silicon Valley Aftershocks played the New Zealand Pole Blacks in Auckland, New Zealand. The result was a 2-2 tie. In 2007, it was played in California, with the Aftershocks defeating the Pole Blacks 5-0. The 2008 Woz Cup was played in Indianapolis, coincident with [http://segwayfest2008.com Segwayfest 2008] . The California Gold Rush defeated the Silicon Valley Aftershocks for the championship by a score of 3-2. The Funky-Move Turtles (Germany) placed 3rd and the Polo Bears (California) placed 4th.

Known polo teams

* Silicon Valley Aftershocks

* Oakland [http://www.segwayofoakland.com Junkyard Dogs]

* California [http://www.sacseg.com Gold Rush]

* [http://www.polobears.org Polo Bears] (California)

* New Zealand Pole Blacks

* [http://web.mac.com/funkymove/Website/Willkommen.html Funky-Move Turtles] (Germany)

* [http://www.shtpa.ch/default.asp?choix=en Swiss HT-Polo] (Switzerland)

ee also

* Dean Kamen

References

* [http://www.segwayjunkyard.com Segway of Oakland Junkyard Dogs]

External links

* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5092946009863571406 Video of Segway Polo]
* [http://www.segwayjunkyard.com Home of the Junkyard Dogs]
* [http://www.bayareaseg.com Bay Area SEG]
* [http://www.segwayhtpolo.com Segway HT Polo]
* [http://www.segway-polo.ch Swiss HT Polo Club]
* [http://www.mobileentertainmentllc.com/polo/pictures.htm Segway Polo at the Metrodome - September 28, 2003]
* [http://www.sacseg.com Sacramento SEG - California Gold Rush Team] Segway of Oakland and the Junkyard Dogs Segway Polo Video Link Lots of Great Segway Polo Videos. Online Videos by Veoh.com


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