Sports aren’t just the contests you see on TV. There’s more than just baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, football and golf. There are even a lot more sports that you’ve probably never heard of.
There’s a lot of information online that you can find about sports for just about any interest. You can research the rules and regulations and find out more about the history of those and other competitions. Some date back hundreds or even thousands of years, while others are more modern and have only been around for a few decades or less.
There are also plenty of traditional sports that you can play indoors. A simple search or two can yield results for batting cages, hockey arenas, basketball and volleyball courts and plenty of other sports. You can even make your own arena at home for certain events, as long as you have the materials and the space for them.
Here are a few unconventional sports to do at home:
1. Ultimate frisbee
If you have a large enough backyard or nearby park, you can play ultimate frisbee during the warmer months of the year. The object of the game is to hurl your frisbee across the length of the field to the goal area on the other side. Players cannot run with the frisbee and there’s no contact allowed. There’s also no referees or official. Just make it to the goal as soon as possible and have fun in the process!
2. Muggle Quidditch
A land-based variation of the game made popular in the Harry Potter books and movies, there are now organized teams in the United States and United Kingdom. The game is a sort of mashup of dodgeball, rugby, soccer and handball. Brooms, volleyballs and dodgeballs and a makeshift net or two are the only supplies you’ll need. There are variations of game play, but the matches can be very entertaining and a good way to get your daily exercise.
3. Unicycle hockey
If you’re comfortable riding a unicycle and you like hockey, then this may be the sport for you. Players work to move a plastic puck or ball across the arena, floor or playing area and shoot it into the goal on the opposite side. No offensive contact is allowed between players, and you must have your feet on the unicycle pedals at all times. It can be a bit challenging, but for those who want a little variety it’s well worth the effort. If you have a pool you could even try underwater hockey.
4. Walking basketball
This is a form of the standard basketball game that is perfect for seniors or younger players. The rules are the same as the traditional game. The only difference is that it’s set at a walking pace instead of running. You can decide whether or not to allow fouls to be called, and how long each quarter or period should be. It can be a fun family activity for people of all ages.
5. Indoor golf
Golfers who live in colder climates don’t have to be disappointed by winter weather anymore. There are more and more indoor golfing areas popping up around the country. You can practice your swing, play a few rounds at an indoor golf simulator and find out about the latest clubs, golf balls and other accessories that can improve your game. A good way to get in some exercise and keep active all year round!
These are just some of the many unconventional sports that you can play at home. You can go by standard rules for each type of game, or just make up your own rules as you go. Whatever you decide on, the goal should be to agree on the rules, be mindful of your surroundings, and most importantly, have fun! A good way to spend free time on a lazy day or a cold day when you’re cooped up indoors.