Original NYC bike polo player, Doug D.
Hardcourt Bike Polo came to New York City in 2005 by way of Alex Ferioletti, a NYC bike messenger, who discovered it while racing out west. The version we play today spawned out of Seattle in 1999; the sport grew out of the bike messenger scene. Messengers on standby, looking for time to kill, began hitting a street hockey ball around with makeshift mallets.
What originally started as a fun way to pass time, has now flourished into an underground sport that has quickly gained popularity. Today you can see a sport with a national organizational board ( North American Hardcourt), international clubs and competitions around the world, an international women's tournament and increasing exposure to the mainstream.