World Hardcourt Bike Polo tourney kicks off Wednesday at Magnuson Park

Players gather at Cal Anderson Monday

The 2011 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships starts Wednesday at Magnuson Park. Seattle is hosting this year’s tournament, and the best in the world will try to upset our hometown stars.

Organizers are building the polo courts today, and you can catch some pre-tournament pick-up polo at Cal Anderson starting at 3 p.m.

Tournament play gets under way Wednesday with the start the two-day Wildcard tournament. The Championships will be Friday through Sunday.

Here’s the schedule, from the WHBPC2011 website:

Wednesday 9/7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wildcard Tournament Check-in
Wildcard Tournament Swiss Rounds (5)
15 minute games
Thursday 9/8
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wildcard Tournament Swiss Rounds (5)
15 minute games
8:00 pm WHBPC Registration Party at Belltown Underground
Friday 9/9
10:00 am – 12:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Morning Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Afternoon Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Evening Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
Saturday 9/10
10:00 am – 6:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5)
60 teams, 15 minute games
Sunday 9/11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm WHBPC Double Elimination
32 teams, 15 minute games
20 minute semis
30 minute final(s)
3:00 pm Bike Works youth polo exhibition match
WHBPC After Party – TBD
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