Segway polo is a version of polo played on a Segway instead of a horse. It has its own custom rules and is played in the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions. The game involves two teams hitting balls into each other’s goals with mallets, following specific right-of-way rules and wearing safety gear. Steve Wozniak is a well-known Segway polo player.
Segway polo is a version of polo that is played on a Segway rather than a horse. This sport takes its cues from bicycle polo and other versions of the sport that have been developed for people who prefer not to use horses, for a variety of reasons, and has its own custom rules for the use of Segways. Polo itself is an ancient sport that has been played for at least 2,000 years, with enthusiasts around the world.
A Segway is a transportation device with two wheels and a platform that the user stands on. Using the Segway’s long handle, the user can steer the device, which has an internal mechanism to keep it balanced. Segways are very popular in some regions of the world, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Segway pole has begun to attract public attention.
The first Segway polo game was played in 2003, during a Minnesota Vikings halftime show. In 2004, members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group decided to play a game and interest grew; group members now meet twice a month for games in San Jose, welcoming observers and guests who want to try their hand at some chukkers or game bouts.
Just like polo on horses, Segway polo involves two teams trying to hit balls into each other’s goals with the help of mallets. Players move around the course on their Segways, following specific right-of-way rules and wearing the appropriate safety gear. The game is divided into four eight-minute chukkers, with rest periods in between; if the game is tied after the fourth chukker, players will continue until one team wins.
A well-known Segway polo aficionado is Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. He can sometimes be seen on the playing field in the Bay Area, along with members of polo teams like the Silicon Valley Aftershocks and the Oakland Junkyard Dogs. While Segway polo has a dedicated following in the Bay Area, teams can also be found overseas in places like New Zealand and Australia.
According to the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group, Segway polo is “very similar to horse polo but nothing to shovel at,” and this fun-loving, irreverent attitude keeps polo matches fun, friendly, and fun for both spectators and players. .