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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 Metrodomemarker 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 Statesmarker, Germanymarker, Spainmarker, and New Zealandmarker 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 Valleymarker Aftershocks played the New Zealandmarker Pole Blacks in Auckland, New Zealandmarker. 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 Indianapolismarker, coincident with Segwayfest 2008. The California Gold Rush defeated the Silicon Valley Aftershocks for the championship by a score of 3-2. The Funky-Move Turtles (Germanymarker) placed 3rd and the Polo Bears (Californiamarker) placed 4th. The 2009 Woz Cup was played Koln (Colonge) Germany. The Barbados team took 1st place. Steve Wozniak found of Apple was there to play and give the Cup to the winning team. Teams from the USA, Germany, and Austria competed.

From Germany they reported: (translation "The WOZ Cup is the official world championship and directly the Segway Polo tournament. Fate, mobility and good reactivity are the conditions for the trend haven on the balancing vehicles, which can be fast up to 20 km/h. With its team, which " Silicone Valley Aftershocks" Steve Wozniak with six further crews with in each case five players fought around the world championship. The players worked on their Segway scooters controlled tearing over the place by fast body movements such as Harry Potter and its Kumpane on their flying brooms with from the charm world admitted kind of sport Quidditch. Winner was " the team; Flyin' Fish" from Barbados, which dispatched the crew of Wozniak in the final of the WOZ Cup with 2:0. The visitors of the world championship in the Müngersdorfer sport park appeared not only of the plays, but also of the battery-operated Segways. Many could try their skill out on the electrical scooters." German news article.

The new 2009 WOZ World Cup Champions went to the little known team from Barbados (the Flyin Fish). They have been playing Segway polo for only 4 months and dominated the rest of the world teams hailing from the United States, Germany and Austria.

Known polo teams

Team:Butterflies Segway Polo e.V. do the First open European Polo Championship 16 - 18.07.2010 in Hemer (Germany)


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