Interesting thread - http://leagueofbikepolo.com/forum/general/2015/03/26/is-bike-polo-dying
Jason f-off writes "plateaus...people hit their plateaus and get frustrated. most players never played organized sports and therefore aren't used to breaking through their glass ceilings.
the above goes hand in hand with discipline. so many players don't practice on top of playing pickup. guess what...pickup/scrimmages are not how YOU actually get better in other sports. practice gets you mechanically better and pickup/scrimmages are for team dynamics. polo is full of people with neither the desire nor discipline to spend hours developing the muscle memory needed to perform effortlessly and seamlessly in game situations. so the team fails and that leads to more frustration.
lastly, our "vets" are used to playing local pickup players...they have grown used to "shining". put them in situations where they can't "shine" and they crumble. that skill gap leads to more frustration.
winning and losing down here was everything when I got back...I'm trying to change people's perceptions a little at a time so that winning comes far behind playing well but that is in opposition with our region as a whole. when you play to play well it takes a different mindset because you aren't being validated by any old win via stacking/hopping/screening/slashing. instead the things most valued are the most difficult to develop...accurate passing at speed, ballhandling at speed, bikehandling at speed, catching hard passes at speed, etc...once again this leads to frustration."