Be a Sport

Track and field the way God intended.
Track and field the way God intended.
You want to be all athletic and stuff. You know that exercising with friends builds camaraderie and helps people learn to work together. You have heard rumors that athletes, even golfers, develop friendships that last a lifetime. That way when they get too old to be of use to their teammates they still can get together over a nice game of cribbage and reminisce about the good old days. These are all laudable things. Unfortunately you have all the athletic skills God gave a tree stump. So what to do? Well, you’re in luck.

The nice people at Buzz Feed have just the thing to get you off the couch and keep you from embarrassing yourself.

Oh, I’m kidding. You’re friends will be on the floor howling at you.

1. Quidditch

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Fans of the Harry Potter series have built Quidditch into a legitimate sport that’s taking off on college campuses around the country. Don’t be fooled by the broom you have to carry between your legs — this is a legit sport with hard hits.

2. Tournament Rock-Paper-Scissors

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To
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There’s a skill to Rock-Paper-Scissors that’s often overlooked by novices. Supposedly the sport’s greatest competitors can anticipate your next throw by subtle arm twitches and facial expressions.

3. Pop-Up Urban Football

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

OK, so this is more of a prank than a sport. Hand the ball off to an unsuspecting friend and see how they respond to a stampeding defensive line.

4. Roller Derby

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To
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This sport has seen a resurgence in recent years with amateur and pro leagues popping up around the country. Roller derby players throw hard elbows; it’s a far cry from fake pro wrestling.

5. Bubble Soccer

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Someone figured out that it’s fun to fall down and not get hurt. This full-contact spin on soccer is quickly growing in popularity.

6. Flaming Soccer

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To
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If bubble soccer is too bland for your taste, you can spice up the game by simpmly lighting the ball on fire. Disclaimer: Do not try this at home.

7. Segway Polo

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To
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If you’re an eccentric millionaire, don’t let your Segway gather dust in the garage. Join a Segway polo league with your millionaire friends.

8. Freestyle Water Jetpacking

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

This sport is a little pricey, too. Specially designed water-powered jetpacks will let you fly though the air. Those lucky enough to participate compete by choreographing aerial routines.

9. Trampoline Dodgeball

Dodgeball quickly becomes an extreme sport when you play it on a trampoline and incorporate elements of gymnastics and parkour.

10. Fish Netting

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Fishermen in certain parts of the country with large fish migrations have created a unique sport out of netting fish in midair. You’ll need a helmet, unless you’re especially brave.

11. Tomato Fighting

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Every year in Buñol, Spain, residents gather for a free-for-all tomato fight. It’s catching on in cities around the U.S., most notably with an annual event in Colorado.

12. Frisbee Obstacle Course

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Unlike ultimate Frisbee or Frisbee golf, this sport is based on creating and defeating a progressively harder set of obstacles.

13. Dirt Bike Jump Roping

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

OK, this is clearly a bit of niche sport. All you need is a dirt bike, some balance, and a couple friends with a long rope.

14. Tricycle Racing

14 Unusual Sports You Should Be Paying Attention To

Most thrift shops carry old plastic tricycles, which is all you need for a day of fun. This has become a big event in San Francisco where, every Easter Sunday, residents hold a race down Potrero Hill.

Roller derby is not a fool around sport. Chicago’s Windy City Rollers will damage your spine. But the basic premise is still the same. There are many non-traditional activities that can get you out and about and having fun.

So, go, pick one and have at it.

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