Segway polo

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 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show in 2003 although the Bay Area SEG members were not aware of this match at the time they first played the sport. Segway polo was developed as it is played today by the members of the Bay Area SEG and other groups and teams that have joined subsequently.[1]

European Polo Championship 2010 in Hemer


Segway polo is similar to horse polo, except that instead of playing on horseback, each player rides a Segway PT on the field. The rules have been adapted from bicycle polo and horse polo. Two teams of five players each hit a ball with their mallets, trying to get the ball into the other team's goal. The regulation field size is 200 feet (61 meters) by 128 feet (39 meters), and the goal is 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide by 5 feet (1.5 meters) high. A regulation match consists of four 8 minute quarters, known in polo as "chukkers." The ball can be struck with the mallet or any part of a player’s body or Segway but may only be directed using the mallet. A goal can not be scored off of any part of a player’s body or Segway unless it occurs accidentally.

Although not a major sport, Segway polo is gaining popularity and teams have begun forming in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Barbados, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Holland and Spain among others. The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body for Segway Polo.

Woz Cup

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Steve Wozniak with then-girlfriend Kathy Griffin at an April 2008 Segway Polo match

The Segway Polo world championship is the Woz Challenge Cup. It is named after Steve "Woz" Wozniak, cofounder of Apple Inc., and a player of Segway Polo.[2]

The Woz Cup was established in 2006 when the Silicon Valley Aftershocks played the New Zealand Pole Blacks in Auckland, New Zealand. The result was a 2–2 tie.

In 2007, it was played in San Francisco, California, with the Aftershocks defeating the Pole Blacks 5–0.

The 2008 Woz Cup was played in Indianapolis, 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 (Germany) placed third and the Polo Bears (California) placed fourth.

The 2009 Woz Cup was played in Cologne, Germany. The Flyin' Fish from Barbados took first place, beating the Silicon Valley Aftershocks 2–0. Steve Wozniak was there to play and present the cup; Victor Miller, who wrote the script for Friday the 13th, was also on the Aftershocks team. The Flyin' Fish have been playing Segway polo for only four months and dominated the other teams hailing from the United States, Germany and Austria.[3][4]

The 2010 Woz Cup was played at the Lion Castle Polo Estate in Barbados. Once again, the Barbados Flyin' Fish won, this time beating the Germany Blade Pirates 3-1. A total of eight teams participated, including two teams from Barbados, two teams from Germany, one team from Sweden and three teams from California.[5]

The 2011 Woz Cup was hosted by the Folsom Breakout[6] and played in Folsom, California from June 16 to 19, 2011. There were a record 12 teams competing. The Germany Blade Pirates avenged their previous year's loss against the Flyin' Fish and beat them in the championship match by a score of 1–0. The Swiss Tournament rules was applied.

The 2012 Woz Cup was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden by Stockholm Segway Polo Club. It was played with 14 teams participating from 9 nations.

The Balver Mammuts won over The Blade Pirates in the final with 2–0. The Stockholm Saints, Sweden, beat the Austrian team Vineyard Devils with 4–0 for the bronze match. The goal zone rule was introduced in Woz Cup for the first time. The games were held during June 6–10 at Östermalms IP and Zinkensdamm in central Stockholm. Moving from one arena to the other after group play, the caravan of Segways was 102 Segways through central Stockholm. Finland and Lebanon were among the new national teams joining for the first time.

The 2013 Woz Cup was held at the Hotchkiss field at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, from July 20 to 24th. 9 teams from 5 nations participated. The competition was hosted by the Lebanon Cedars. The Stockholm Saints (Sweden) won over Team Barbados in the final with 2–1. In the bronze medal match, the Blade Allstars from Germany beat the Balver Mammuts (also from Germany) on penalties.

There was no Woz Cup in 2014.

The 2015 Woz Cup was played in Cologne, Germany from July 16 to 19, 2015. A record number of 19 teams from 9 countries participated. Once again, the team from Barbados took first place, beating the Balver Mammuts (Germany) 1–0. In the bronze medal match, the Stockholm Saints (Sweden) beat the Blade Pirates (also from Germany) 2-0. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, was there to play for the Silicon Valley Aftershocks.

There was no Woz Cup in 2016.

The 2017 Woz Cup was played at the Overhoff Arena in Hemer, Germany from July 27 until July 30, 2017. 18 teams from 7 countries participated. Once again, the team from Barbados took first place, beating the Balver Mammuts (Germany) 3–1. In the bronze medal match, the Stockholm Saints (Sweden) beat the Blade Pirates (also from Germany) 2-0.

Woz Cup venues

2017 Woz Cup in Hemer

Known polo teams

Team Place/Country Note
Aftershocks [7] Silicon Valley Original Segway polo players and creators of Woz Challenge Cup. Tied in first Woz Cup, 2006, and 2007 Woz Cup winner.
Junkyard Dogs [8][9] Oakland
Folsom Breakout [10] California
The Originals California
Polo Bears [11] California
Pole Blacks New Zealand Original challengers for newly created Woz Challenge Cup in 2006
Segway Polo Club of Barbados [12] Barbados Club has several teams (see below)
Flyin' Fish 2009-2011 [13] Barbados Winners Woz Cup 2009 and 2010, Runners Up 2011
Rum Runners 2010-2011 [14] Barbados 4th Woz Cup 2010
Team Barbados 2013- Barbados Runners Up Woz Cup 2013, Winners Woz Cup 2015
Funky-Move Turtles [15] Germany 3rd place Woz Cup 2009, 2010
Blade Pirates[16] Solingen, Germany Runners Up Woz Cup 2010, Winners Woz Cup 2011, Runners Up Woz Cup 2012,
Blade Dragons Solingen, Germany 8th Woz Cup 2015
Blade Gliders Solingen, Germany 4th place EM 2011
Balver Mammuts[17] Balve, Germany Winner EM 2011, Winner German Masters 2012, Winner Woz Cup 2012, Runners Up Woz Cup 2015
Balver Cavemen Balve, Germany 7th Woz Cup 2015
Swiss HT-Polo [18] Switzerland
Austrian National Team [19] Austria 4th Woz Cup 2009, 3rd place 2011
Vineyard Devils Austria 4th Woz Cup 2012, 10th Woz Cup 2015
Stockholm Saints/former Sweden National Team 2009-2011[20] Sweden 5th Woz Cup 2010, 4th Woz Cup 2011, 6th EM 2011, 3rd Woz Cup 2012, Winners Woz Cup 2013, 3rd Woz Cup 2015
Stockholm Blue Saints [20] Sweden
Stockholm Vikings [20] Sweden 15th Woz Cup 2015
Lebanon National Team Beirut, Lebanon 5th Woz Cup 2015
Finland National Team Finland
Hemer Butterflies [21] Hemer, Germany 4th Woz Cup 2009
Team GB (UK Segway Polo) [22] Rugby, United Kingdom 13th Woz Cup 2015
Team England United Kingdom 16th Woz Cup 2015
Lichfield Lions Lichfield, Warwickshire, United Kingdom Warwick Winter Tournament 2015
Warwick Allstars Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom Warwick Winter Tournament 2015
Warwick Knights Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom Warwick Winter Tournament 2015
The Famous Five Tring, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Warwick Winter Tournament 2015
The Puds Tring, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Warwick Winter Tournament 2015
Warwick Bears Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom Europa - Klingen - Zurich Cup 2015
Cornwall Segway Polo Team [23] Cornwall, United Kingdom 9th place in Woz Cup 2015 (2015 UK Champions)
Segway Trip Polo Madrid, Spain 17th place in Woz Cup 2015
Hannover Hot Wheels Hannover, Germany 18th place in Woz Cup 2015

Other Tournaments

  • The first Open European Polo Championship was held 16–18 July 2010 in Hemer (Germany)
  • The second Open European Polo Championship was held 30 September – 2 October 2011 in Berchtesgaden/ Königsee (Germany) 1st Balver Mammuts
  • The first Open German Polo Championship was held 19–20 May 2012 in (Germany)
  • The third Open European Polo Championship was held 3–7 October 2012 in Balve (Germany) 1st Balver Mammuts
  • The fourth Open European Championship was held 3–5 October 2013 in Hennef (Germany) 1st Balver Mammuts, 2nd Team Barbados,
  • The fifth Open European Championship was held 3–5 October 2014 in Hennef (Germany) 1st Balver Mammuts, 2nd Blade Pirates, 3rd Funky Move Turtles, 4th Balver Cavemen
  • The first UK Segway Polo International Tournament was held on 18-19 April 2015 in Rugby (England) 1st Balver Mammuts, 2nd Funky Move Turtles, 3rd Stockholm Saints, 4th Team Barbados
  • The second UK Segway tournament was held as the Warwick Winter Tournament 2015, in Warwick (England). 1st Hannover Hotwheels, 2nd Lichfield Lions, 3rd PUDS, 4th Warwick Knights, 5th Warwick Allstars, 6th Famous Five
  • The sixth Open European Championship was held 7-9 October 2016 in Denia (Spain) 1st Balver Mammuts, 2nd Team Expendables

See also


  1. ^ [1], International Segway Polo Association, retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ Daily Planet. 1 May 2017. Discovery Channel Canada.
  3. ^ Clemens Schminke, "Fliegende Fische auf kippeligen Rädern" Archived 2009-10-16 at the Wayback Machine, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 20 July 2009, retrieved 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ WOZ-Cup 2009 at Segway-Polo Deutschland e.V. (German)
  5. ^ "2010 Woz Cup Schedule and Results",[2], retrieved 10 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Folsom Breakout",[3] Archived 2012-07-30 at, retrieved 10 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Welcome! – Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group". 2004-07-11. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  8. ^ "Segway of Oakland". Segway of Oakland. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  9. ^ "Segway Junkyard". Segway Junkyard. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  10. ^ Folsom Breakout (2010-03-29). "Folsom Breakout Segway Polo Club". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  11. ^ Polo Bears
  12. ^ "Segway Polo Club of Barbados". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  13. ^ "Barbados Flyin' Fish Segway Polo Team". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  14. ^ "Barbados Rum Runners". Barbados Rum Runners. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  15. ^ "Google". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  16. ^ "blade pirates". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  17. ^ "Startseite - segwaypolobalves jimdo page!". Retrieved 2016-09-03.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2008-09-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "SEGWAY mieten in Oberösterreich (OÖ)". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  20. ^ a b c "Stockholm Segway Polo Club". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  21. ^ "Segway Polo – Hemer Butterflies". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
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Barbados ( (listen) or ) is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 13°N of the equator. It is about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the countries of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 180 km (110 mi) south-east of Martinique and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown.

Inhabited by Kalinago people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appeared in a Spanish map in 1511. The Portuguese claimed the island in 1536, but later abandoned it, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625; its men took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony. As a wealthy sugar colony, it became an English centre of the African slave trade until that trade was outlawed in 1807, with final emancipation of slaves in Barbados occurring over a period of years from 1833.

On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as its queen. It has a population of 287,010 people, predominantly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Forty percent of the tourists come from the UK, with the US and Canada making up the next large groups of visitors to the island.

Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group

The Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group held its first meeting on September 20, 2003 at the California FIRST Robotics Competition. The group was formed to increase knowledge and public acceptance of the Segway Human Transporter and to provide a resource to local owners and enthusiasts for information and group events. Not only was it one of the first Segway Enthusiasts Groups but it has become the largest and one of the most active. They are based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In July 2004 members of the Bay Area SEG started playing Segway Polo. Group members have played around the United States and in New Zealand. Other teams are forming around the world.

Some notable members of Bay Area SEG are Steve Wozniak, Victor Miller and Amy Tan.

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Coach Trip 15, also known as Coach Trip: Road to Marbs is the fifteenth series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom. The filming took place between October and November 2016 (before Deal or No Deal ended). Production company 12 Yard confirmed that the series is a second "Road to..." version of Coach Trip. The series began airing on E4 on 16 January 2017 for 30 episodes concluding on 24 February 2017.

Hobby horse polo

Hobby horse polo (German: Steckenpferdpolo) is a mixed team sport played on hobby horses. It is similar to other polo variants, such as canoe polo, cycle polo, camel polo, elephant polo, golfcart polo, Segway polo, auto polo, and yak polo, in that it uses parts of the polo rules, however it has its own specialities.

Hybrid sport

A hybrid sport is one which combines two or more (often similar) sports in order to create a new sport, or to allow meaningful competition between players of those sports.

The most popular hybrid sport in terms of attendance and television viewers is international rules football.


Kī-o-rahi is a ball sport played in New Zealand with a small round ball called a 'kī'. It is a fast-paced game incorporating skills similar to rugby union, netball and touch. Two teams of seven players play on a circular field divided into zones, and score points by touching the 'pou' (boundary markers) and hitting a central 'tupu' or target. The game is played with varying rules (e.g. number of people, size of field, tag ripping rules etc.) depending on the geographic area it is played in. A process called Tatu, before the game, determines which rules the two teams will use.

In 2005 kī-o-rahi was chosen to represent New Zealand by global fast-food chain McDonald's as part of its 'Passport to Play' programme to teach physical play activities in 31,000 American schools.

The programme will give instruction in 15 ethnic games to seven million primary school children.The New Zealand kī-o-rahi representative organisation, Kī-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho, formed with men's and women's national teams, completed a 14 match tour of Europe in September and October 2010. The men's team included 22-test All Black veteran Wayne Shelford who led the team to a 57–10 test win against Kī-o-Rahi Dieppe Organisation, the French Kī-o-Rahi federation.

Shelford's kī-o-rahi test jersey made him the first kī-o-rahi/rugby double international for NZ. The women's team coached by Andrea Cameron (Head of PE at Tikipunga High School) also won by 33–0. These were the first historic test matches between NZ and France.

List of ball games

This is a list of ball games which are popular games or sports involving some type of ball or similar object. Ball sports are not sports in the true sense, but are instead considered to be games. These ball games can be grouped by the general objective of the game, sometimes indicating a common origin either of a game itself or of its basic idea:

Bat-and-ball games, such as cricket and baseball.

Racquet and ball games, such as tennis, squash, racquetball and ball badminton.

Hand and ball-striking games, such as various handball codes, rebound handball and 4 square.

Goal games, such as forms of hockey (except ice hockey which uses a hockey puck), basketball and all forms of football or lacrosse.

Net games, such as volleyball and sepak.

List of sports

The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category.

According to the World Sports Encyclopedia (2003), there are 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games.


Polo is a horseback mounted team sport. It is one of the world's oldest known team sports.Polo was first played in Persia (Iran) at dates given from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD. Polo was at first a training game for cavalry units, usually the king’s guard or other elite troops. From there it spread to the entirety of Persia and beyond. It is now popular around the world, with well over 100 member countries in the Federation of International Polo. It is played professionally in 16 countries. It was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1936.

It is known as the sport of kings. It has become a spectator sport for equestrians and society, often supported by sponsorship.

The game is played by two opposing teams with the objective of scoring goals by using a long-handled wooden mallet to hit a small hard ball through the opposing team's goal. Each team has four mounted riders, and the game usually lasts one to two hours, divided into periods called chukkas (or "chukkers").

Arena polo has similar rules, and is played with three players per team. The playing area is smaller, enclosed, and usually of compacted sand or fine aggregate, often indoors. Arena polo has more maneuvering due to space limitations, and uses an air inflated ball, slightly larger than the hard field polo ball. Standard mallets are used, though slightly larger head arena mallets are an option.

Quidditch (sport)

Quidditch is a sport of two teams of seven players each mounted on broomsticks played on a hockey rink-sized pitch. It is based on a fictional game of the same name invented by author J. K. Rowling, which is featured in the Harry Potter series of novels and related media.[3] The game is also sometimes referred to as muggle quidditch to distinguish it from the fictional game, which involves magical elements such as flying broomsticks and enchanted balls. In the Harry Potter universe, a "muggle" is a person without the power to use magic.

The pitch is rectangular with rounded corners 55 meters (60 yards) by 33 meters (36 yards) with three hoops of varying heights at either end.[4] The sport was created in 2005 and is therefore still quite young. However, quidditch is played around the world and actively growing.[5] The ultimate goal is to have more points than the other team by the time the snitch, a tennis ball inside a long sock hanging from the shorts of an impartial official dressed in yellow, is caught. Rules of the sport are governed by the International Quidditch Association, or the IQA, and events are sanctioned by either the IQA or that nation's governing body.

To score points, chasers or keepers must get the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of three of the opposing hoops which scores the team 10 points.[6] To impede the quaffle from advancing down the pitch, chasers and keepers are able to tackle opposing chasers and keepers at the same time as beaters using their bludgers—dodgeballs—to take out opposing players. Once a player is hit by an opposing bludger, that player must dismount their broom, drop any ball being held, and return to and touch their hoops before being allowed back into play.[7] The game is ended once the snitch is caught by one of the seekers, awarding that team 30 points.[8]A team consists of minimum seven (maximum 21) players, of which six are always on the pitch, those being the three chasers, one keeper, and two beaters. Besides the seeker who is off-pitch, the six players are required to abide by the gender rule, which states that a team may have a maximum of four players who identify as the same gender, making quidditch one of the few sports that not only offers a co-ed environment but an open community to those who do not identify with the gender binary.[10] Matches or games often run about 30 to 40 minutes but tend to be subject to varying lengths of time due to the unpredictable nature of the snitch catch. If the score at the end of the match including the 30 point snitch catch is tied (such that the team that caught the snitch was 30 points behind the other), the game moves to overtime where the snitch is constrained to the pitch's dimensions and the game ends after five minutes or when the snitch is legally caught.

Ron Schnell

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The Segway PT (originally Segway HT) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter by Segway Inc. It was invented by Dean Kamen and brought to market in 2001. HT is an initialism for 'human transporter' and PT for 'personal transporter'.

Segway Fest

Segway Fest was an annual convention of Segway PT users and enthusiasts held in varying locations each year, sponsored by members of the Segway Enthusiast community with assistance from local Segway dealers and Segway Inc. Segway Inc. employees have always been invited to attend, and many give technical or instructional seminars on topics such as the design process of the machine, tips and tricks related to care and maintenance, and legislative issues. In addition to talks, seminars, and meet-and-greets, large groups of Segway rides (known as "Glides") also are scheduled.

Segway Inc.

Segway Inc. is an American manufacturer of two-wheeled personal transporters, chiefly through its Segway PT and Segway miniPro product lines. Since 2015, it has been owned by the Chinese company Ninebot. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1999, the company's name is a homophone of the word "segue".

Segway Inc. is headquartered in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and primarily markets its products to various niche markets, including police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses, and industrial sites. It has held some key patents on designs for self-balancing personal transporters, although some of them have since expired. Since being acquired by Ninebot, Segway Inc. has focused on developing a stronger presence in the consumer market with smaller products such as the Segway miniPro.

Sport in Barbados

Sports in Barbados are many and varied. The large Barbadian diaspora around the globe and wide-scale availability of International television covered on the local cable service and DirectTV has meant that Barbadians have always been up to date on international trends. Barbadians now follow a wide cross-section of sport from across the world. In recent years, the Barbadian government has implemented a policy of sport-based tourism. Including the hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and various other events locally. Beyond this, the Barbadian calendar has many sporting events throughout the year.

Steve Wozniak

Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950), is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who in 1976 co-founded Apple Inc., which later became the world's largest information technology company by revenue and largest company in the world by market capitalization. He and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1975, Wozniak started developing the Apple I into the computer that launched Apple when he and Jobs first began marketing it the following year (1976). He primarily designed the Apple II in 1977, known as one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputers, while Jobs oversaw among other things the development of its foam-molded plastic case and early Apple employee Rod Holt developed the switching power supply. With computer scientist Jef Raskin, Wozniak had major influence over the initial development of the original Apple Macintosh concepts from 1979 to 1981, when Jobs took over the project following Wozniak's brief departure from the company due to a traumatic airplane accident. After permanently leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak founded CL 9 and created the first programmable universal remote, released in 1987. He then pursued several other business and philanthropic ventures throughout his career, focusing largely on technology in K–12 schools.

Wozniak is currently Chief Scientist at the data virtualization company Primary Data, and has remained an employee of Apple in a ceremonial capacity.


WOZ, WoZ or Woz may refer to:

Steve Wozniak, an American computer engineer who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc.

Wheels of Zeus (WoZ), a company founded by Steve Wozniak

Woz Cup, the Segway Polo world championship

Woz U, a tech education platform launched by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

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