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Cincinnati Bike Polo headed for National Championship

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

On May 25, Cincinnati Bike Polo competed in the North American Hardcourt Midwest Regional Qualifier Tournament in Columbus and came in 5th place, which qualifies the team to compete in the National Championship tournament taking place in Minneapolis this August.

The Midwest Region is recognized as one of the most competitive in the world, frequently producing 3 of the top 10 teams in the world.  

In the fall of 2011 the Cincinnati Recreation Commission repurposed an underutilized tennis court turning it into the first municipally constructed bike polo court in the US and providing the local league with a permanent practice space. Cincinnati teams began competing at the regional level in 2011, but this is the first year that a Cincinnati team has qualified for the National Championship tournament. In the summer of 2011 the team came in 20th place at Regionals, and in 2012 the team came in 13th place.    

If the team places at the National Championship in August they will qualify for the World Championship taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in October. Forty-eight teams come from around the globe to compete in the annual tournament. In past years teams have come from countries such as France, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Romania, Switzerland, and Japan.

In a bike polo match two teams of three players each use mallets to pass and shoot a ball into the other team's goal.  The team with the most goals at the end of 12 minutes wins.  

Cincinnati Bike Polo's qualifying team consists of Alan Dykstra, Ian Bulling, and Chris Evans.

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