1. Hurling in Indy
No, not the “I’m sooo drunk” kind, the Gaelic sport kind. The official description reads in part: “Hurling is played on a pitch that can be up to 145m long and 90m long. The goalposts are similar to those used on a rugby pitch. You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. Unlike hockey, you may pick up the ball with your hurley and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. To get around this, one of the skills is running with the ball balanced on the hurley. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar with the hurley or under the crossbar and into the net by the hurley for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points.” (See gaa.ie for more.)
-Indy’s league consists of nine teams, and all matches are played at two fields at Eugene Burns Park, Glenn Road, Lawrence. While two teams are playing, a third acts as game officials.
The teams are:
• 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
• 9 Irish Brothers
• Connor’s Pub
• Health Source
• Pogue’s Run Grocer
• Smoking Iron Alterations
• Triton Brewing
• Upland Tap House
2. Monumental Yoga
Our pal from the Athenaeum, Cassie Stockamp, has been instrumental in building this incredible event. Seriously — just watching all those folks pose is amazing, much less being part of it.
We’ll let her folks give all the deets: “On Sunday, June 21 at noon, Monument Circle will come alive with yogis of all different levels. The third annual Monumental Yoga encourages new and advanced yogis, alike, to participate in Indy’s largest yoga event. Instructors will be scattered around the Circle to help with alignment and basic yoga postures. Participants are encouraged to arrive early, stretch, warm up and find a comfortable spot on the Circle for their yoga mat. Please bring your own mat and water. Arrive early for pre-event festivities, including our first ever Yoga Village! There will also be music from DJ HyFi along with acro yoga and hooping demos. This event is family-friendly. There will be a special 45-minute yoga routine for parents and their children ages 6+ to do simultaneously with the main event. … When you register for Monumental Yoga, please consider donating to this year’s charity partner, Mighty Lotus.”
Monument Circle, FREE
3. Ultimate disc: Indianapolis Alley Cats
Yes, we have an ultimate team. WHY HAVEN’T YOU SEEN THEM YET?
June 6, 7:30 p.m. V. Detroit Mechanix
June 28, 3:30 p.m. V. Minnesota Wind Chill
Roncalli High School, 3300 Prague Road, $10, free for kids five and under,
4. Roller Derby: Naptown Roller Girls
The NRG has one game — excuse us, “bouts” — left in the spring of 2015. The roster’s split into three teams divided along skill levels: the Tornado Sirens, the Warning Belles and the Third Alarm. With nicknames like Dora the Destroyer, Maiden America, Peyton Slamming and — our favorite moniker — Trudy Bauchery, one might think this is just some kind of novelty act decked out in helmets, skates and ripped fishnets. Think again. This is a legit athletic contest, combining flat out skating speed with strategy and the kind of body-checking you might find in hockey It’s tough, it’s physical and it’s very, very exciting. Another thing to remember: this is an amateur sport, played for the love of the game. The team’s a member of the Women’s Flat Rack Derby Association (yep, there’s a sanctioning body) and the events are family friendly, but loud — caution to those with kids who are scared of big rackets.
June 20, doors at 6:30 p.m., first bout at 7 p.m., second immediately following. Another doubleheader. Hooray! The Warning Belles and the Tornado Sirens will each play squads from the Toronto Roller Derby.
Indiana Farmers Colisuem, $10-17, military members $8, kids six and under free
5. Bike Polo
Tues. and Thurs., 6 p.m.; Sun. noon. Yep. It’s polo on bikes. This amateur club hosts pickup games three times a week. According to the club, all you really need is a helmet, since the club has extra bikes and mallets. Back in 2012, NUVO explained how the game works: “The rules are fairly simple. Two teams of three people play with a street-hockey ball, which starts in the middle of the court. The very first play of the game is called the ‘joust,’ and once the ball is in play, it’s in play at all times. No one guards the goal the whole time. Touching the ground with your foot is called a ‘dap,’ and you must go to the sideline and ‘tap’ back in.
A game ends when a team reaches five points, or when ten minutes elapse. PIn [organizer Keith] Cruz’s words, ‘The number one rule of bike polo is, don’t be a dick.’”
Arsenal Park, 46th St. and Haverford Road