For the past several summers, you have played in a softball league. You have sort of felt an obligation to play on a team sponsored by your employer. The truth is, though, you don’t like softball. You stand there in the outfield doing nothing for half the game. You also aren’t much of a hitter. Softball isn’t the only summer sport that you consider boring. Baseball, golf, soccer, and tennis also bore you. By nature, you’re adventuresome. ‘I want to try something different this summer,’ you think to yourself. ‘I want to play a sport I have never played before.’
Believe it or not, there are probably numerous unusual summer sports that you have never played before. I bet you haven’t participated in the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland. You win by crossing the Finnish Line. “Finnish” is not a typo. For laughs, you could try to enter the Summer Redneck Games in Dublin, Ga. The “winners” include people who can spit seeds the farthest, throw toilet seats the farthest, and impress judges with their artistry during mud belly flops.
In all seriousness, though, there are unusual summer sports that are increasing in popularity. Some of them have their own leagues.
Here are 5 of the Most Fun and Unusual Summer Sports:
1. Underwater Hockey:
This sport is also known as octopush. I don’t know why. People began playing underwater hockey in England in the 1950s, according to “6 Unusual Summer Sports to Try,” an article in Discovery News. The players use “spatula-sized sticks” to push the puck on the bottom of a swimming pool. The players win snorkels, fins, and masks. Are fights allowed? I don’t know, but you can find out by going to the website of the USA Underwater Hockey Association -
Try to figure out what sports this sport is a combination of. Guess again. Bossaball is a combination of gymnastics, the martial arts, soccer, and volleyball, according to the Sports Illustrated For Kids’ article “Five Stupefying Summer Sports.” I don’t know where the name comes from. The game is played on a trampoline. Two teams of four or five players each try to hit the ball over the net and onto the floor before the opponent can hit it like volleyball teams do. How do the other sports fit into the mix? This website might answer that question.
Fiction has become reality. Harry Potter played this sport in the Harry Potter series of books. Students at Middlebury College in Vermont decided to make quidditch a real sport, according to the Discovery News slideshow “10 Extremely Unusual Sports You’ve Probably Never Heard of.” In quidditch, teams of seven players try to throw a ball called a quaffle into one of their opponent’s three hoops. All of the players hold a broom while they’re playing. The International Quidditch Association has more info at its website.
4. Bike Polo:
“No Horse? No Problem?” is how “6 Unusual Summer Sports to Try” explains what you can do if you want to play polo, but don’t have horses or a swimming pool. Bike polo is an urban game that is often played on parking lots or tennis courts. Each team has three players. You can also play segway polo using segways, according to the BuzzFeed article “10 Unusual Summer Sports You Should Try Once In Your Life.”
5. Dog Sports:
The BuzzFeed article tries to convince you that surfing with dogs is a sport. I’m not convinced, particularly when they also list shopping cart racing and toe wrestling. However, you can find real unusual sports with dogs if you look hard enough. Here is how the Discovery News slideshow describes dog dancing — “dog dancing is actually a competitive sport with contests held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and other countries with pet owners who have too much time on their hands.”