Great Lakes Winter Classic 2016

The 4th edition of the Great Lakes Winter Classic Bike Polo Tournament will take place at the Toronto International Bike Show, at the Better Living Centre, Toronto on March 4-6th 2016

This year we will be changing the format to squad. Teams of 5 players will be 25-30 minute games, with 3 players on court at any time. This will add the dynamics of substitutions seen in other sports, providing a number of additional tactical options, and longer games for the audience to watch.

10 teams will compete in two groups of 5, playing 4 games each over Friday evening, and Saturday. On Sunday, all teams will play a single elimination knockout format, to decide the Great Lakes Winter Classic 2015 champion!


Swiss round games will be 25 minutes, no clock stopping. 30 minutes are scheduled between games starting. Each team will play 4 games
Group A will play Friday evening and Saturday afternoon
Group B will play Saturday morning and afternoon

Elimination games will be 30 minutes, with no clock stopping. 40
The Final will be 45 minutes.
The bottom 3 teams from each group will play a Bottom 6 Single elimination in the morning
The top 8 teams will play a Top 8 Single Elim in the afternoon.

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The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday March 2nd

  • 9am-5pm: Court Build

Thursday March 3rd

  • Welcome Drinks: TBC
  • Hockey: TBC

Friday March 4th

  • 11am-12pm: Setup
  • 12pm-5pm: Pickup
  • 5pm-9pm: Group A Round Robin - 3 rounds (5:00, 6:20, 7:40)
  • Hockey: TBC
  • Drinks: TBC

Saturday March 5th

  • 8:30am: Doors open
  • 9am-2pm: Group B Round Robin - 5 rounds (9:00, 10:20, 11:40, 1:00, 2:20)
  • 2pm-7pm: Group A Round Robin - 2 rounds, (3:40, 5:00)
  • Hockey: TBC
  • Drinks: TBC

Sunday March 6th

  • 8:30am: Doors open
  • 9am-5pm: Single Elimination
  • 6pm-9pm: Breakdown
  • Hockey: TBC
  • Drinks: TBC

Monday March 7th

  • Brunch: TBC
  • Hockey: TBC


Registration will open on Sunday 24th January at 8pm:

Do not fill it in early, or your registration will be ignored.

Each team must register at least 3 of 5 players at this point to be accepted. Further players can be added later.

Teams must pay C$150 within a week of registration to be confirmed, otherwise the next team on the waitlist will get the spot. C$150 is approximately US$105 at the time of writing this. This includes your entry to the bike show, and covers our court costs.

Teams will be asked if they can commit to play Friday evening, or Saturday morning, or both. The first five teams to register for each session will be accepted. Depending on demand, it may be easier to get a spot if you are willing to play in either session. Commitment to a session is final, it may not be possible to switch it later.

3 spots will be reserved for teams consisting of at least 3 Toronto players, and one spot will be reserved for a a team consisting of at least 3 Kitchener Waterloo players

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