By my best guess, you have probably heard of most of the popular sports in the world. Football isn’t really that far fetch from any sports lover, non-lovers included. However, aside Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, racing, cricket and a few other popular sports out there, There are many other crazy ones am dead sure you’ve never run into, heard of or even dreamed of its existence.
The rules of sports like football or basketball are pretty understandable; sometimes you don’t even have to be a lover to get a hold of the game. However, there are a few out there with quite some crazy and awkward rules to follow and trust me, some I still don’t understand why or how they exist in the first place.
Crazy Sports That You Might Have Never Heard Of
• Shin kicking
Speaking of crazy sports, Shin kicking is one sport that should probably get you wondering at first mention. What the heck is shin kicking and how did someone ever call that a sport. Also known as Hacking or purring, Shin kicking is a combat sport that involves two contestants attempting to kick each other to the ground.
Definitely not your ordinary day sports huh? Regarded as Martial art by the English, Shin kicking originated in England in the early 17th century. During each round, the combatants face each other and hold on to each other’s collar as they attempt to strike their opponent with the inside of their foot as well as their toes. Traditionally, they are known for wearing white coats representing shepherd smocks.
• Underwater hockey
Underwater hockey just like the name sounds is hockey played under water. The game literally follows similar rules as the regular Hockey game except in this case is played in the water. Also known as the octopus, underwater hockey is a globally played limited-contact sports in which two teams compete to manoeuver a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick.
The game also originated in England in 1954 as a way to keep club members active over the cold winter months, when open-water diving lost its appeal. Underwater hockey is one sport definitely worth trying as it adds the fun of being underwater into the game hockey which most may have thought to be some sort boring at times.
Think underwater hockey is quite strange? Hurling is an outdoor team game of the ancient Gaelic and Irish origin and has been played for over 4000 years. Wow! That’s quite a long time for a sport I’ve never heard of or knew of its existence even. The game is played by 15 players per side with substitutes also allowed in the game.
The objective of the game is for the players to hit a small ball called a Sliotar using a wooden stick called a Hurley between the opponent’s goal post either over the crossbar for one point or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points.
• Wife Carrying
Who knew carrying a girl could be a sport. Well, wife carrying is a contest in which male contestant race while carrying a female teammate. The aim is for the male contestants to pass through a special course of an obstacle in the fastest time carrying the female contestants on his back. Several types of carrying may be practiced including the piggyback, fireman carrying, Estonia style, etc. The sports was first introduced at Sonkajarvi Finland. Usually, the winner receives a gift or reward equal in weight to the female contestant he carries.
• Egg Throwing
Egg throwing? Yeah, egg throwing. Egg throwing or egg tossing is a game associated with Easter. The egg is a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebration of spring and was adopted by early Christians. The idea of the game is for the contestant to toss an egg, so it falls on the ground without breaking which is possible on grassy meadows.
• Chess Boxing
Invented by Dutch performance artists Iepe Rubingh, Chess Boxing is a hybrid that combines two traditional pastimes. A combination of chess (a board game which trains the brain) and Boxing (a physical sports). Competitors fight in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. What an exciting game this would be. Even I never imagined a combination and chess, and boxing would make a sport, but as strange as it sounds here we are.
• Swamp Soccer
What the heck is swamp soccer? That’s a new one, even for most soccer lovers around the world. The sport was initially used as an exercise activity for soldiers and athletes since the playing in the soft bog is hugely challenging. Founded in Finland, Swamp soccer is a form of football played in marshes or swamps rather than grass as seen in all popular soccer games. According to Wikipedia, there are currently an estimated 300 swamp football teams around the world.
The game is played in two halves just like football but has no offside rule while throw in’s, corner kicks and penalties are all part of the game. One surprising part of the game if the fact you can substitute as often as possible as you want, but can only feature a maximum of 6 players per team with no squad limit.
Finally, a sport for the witches but not literally though. The game Quidditch is very much similar to what we saw in the movie HARRY POTTER. The sports is played by two teams of seven players, each mounted on a broomstick on a hockey rink-sized pitch.
The game is sometimes referred to as muggle quidditch to distinguish it from the real game in which the players make us of flying broomsticks and enchanted balls. The sports was created in 2005 and is actively growing into a well-known sport. The game features a total of 21 players on the roster, with seven on the field and one additional player without either of the team.
• Bossa Ball
Originating from Spain, Bossaball is a game between two teams which incorporates Volleyball, football, and gymnastics with Music. The word ‘Bossa’ is most times translated as flair or attitude. One side gets to win when it first gains 21 points with a minimum of two-goal difference between the leading team and their opponents. The third set is played till 15 points rather while the two-goal difference still applies for the third set. The game is played on an inflatable court with a trampoline on each side of the net.
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