10 weird team sports to try – Heart Matters
Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness, add sparkle to your social life or both, our pick of team sports from the UK and beyond could be just the inspiration you need.
1. Ultimate Frisbee
Forget leisurely spinning a disc in the general direction of a friend (or your dog) in the park. “Ultimate” takes it to a whole new level, with two teams of seven trying to get the flying disc into the endzones of a field the size of a football pitch. Often featuring mixed-gender teams, the game is non-contact. Players are not allowed to run with the Frisbee. There’s no referee – this is part of the ‘Spirit of the Game’, or Ultimate’s emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play.
At competitive levels, Ultimate requires speed, agility and endurance, but it’s easy to learn. It has benefits similar to high-intensity interval training, burning plenty of calories and increasing your resting metabolic rate.
United Kingdom Ultimate (UKU)
2. Water Polo
Like Ultimate, water polo pits two teams of seven against each other. The difference, of course, is that it’s played in a swimming pool. Codified in 1877 in Scotland, water polo comprises four eight-minute periods of play, making for a fast-paced, physical game.
Water polo is a high-contact sport, similar to football, and requires great levels of stamina: in a typical game, players swim up to three miles and burn almost 500 calories.
Players benefit from increased cardiovascular strength, stamina and core strength, as well as improved flexibility and muscular strength. A major benefit of playing in water is that joints and muscles are cushioned, meaning water polo can be a lifelong sport for those willing to put in the effort.
British Swimming and the ASA
It may have a low profile in the UK – although this was boosted during the London 2012 Olympics – but the Eastern Europeans have long been big fans, and professional handball players in France, Denmark and Norway command six-figure salaries. Players attempt to score in the other team’s goal by passing and running with the ball; matches consist of two 30-minute halves.
Handball is fast-paced and requires speed and stamina, leading to an effective aerobic and strength workout. Players can burn about 600 calories per hour and can cover several miles in a game. Handball also sharpens mental focus and teamwork skills, with many clubs offering social events off the pitch.
Lacrosse has its roots in indigenous Canadian culture; back then, games could last up to three days and involved 1,000 players duking it out on a field that was anywhere between 500 and 3,000 metres long. The modern game made its way to the UK in 1867. Players carry a long stick (a ‘long crosse’) equipped with a mesh net that is designed to catch, hold and throw the ball, ideally into the other team’s net. The women’s game tends to be non-contact, while the men defend their side through stick checking, body contact and positioning.
Handball is fast-paced and requires speed and stamina, leading to an effective aerobic and strength workout. Players can burn about 600 calories per hour and can cover several miles in a game. Handball also sharpens mental focus and teamwork skills, with many clubs offering social events off the pitch.
Welsh Lacrosse Association
5. Muggle Quidditch
Yes, it really exists, and there are broomsticks, but sadly minus the flying. Muggle Quidditch, based on the game played in JK Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series, first made its appearance in Vermont in the US in 2005, and there are now 30 teams in the UK. It’s a mixture of rugby, dodgeball and handball. Each team has one keeper, two beaters, one seeker and three chasers, all of whom are required to carry a broom between their legs at all times. Volleyballs represent the quaffle and dodgeballs the bludgers. The golden snitch takes the form of a ‘snitch runner’ dressed in yellow who is free to go far beyond the confines of the pitch – but is forbidden to climb trees or buildings.
Muggle Quidditch requires a decent amount of energy and stamina. However, tackles are limited and teams are mixed-gender, making it a fairly inclusive (and fun) sport to play. Matches are between 20 and 50 minutes long.
Korfball, an indoor, mixed-gender ball game that is a mixture of basketball and netball, is very popular in the Netherlands, Belgium and Taiwan. The UK has yet to fully embrace it, but there are a decent number of teams, particularly in the South East. Four men and four women vie to shoot the ball through the opposite team’s basket and are not allowed to dribble, run or walk with the ball. The sport is non-contact, with ‘duels’ only allowed between members of the same sex.
Korfball may be non-contact, but it’s a highly active, fast-paced game that offers a good cardiovascular workout.
Scottish Korfball Association
Hurling / Camogie
Originating in Ireland 3,000 years ago, this sport is called hurling when played by men and camogie when played by women. It’s a field sport played with a wooden stick (the hurley) and a small, hard ball (the sliotar). The ball can be hit while on the ground or in the air, and you can only run with the sliotar if it’s balanced or bounced on the hurley. After taking four steps, players must pass, score or throw and recatch the sliotar.
Hurling/camogie is called the ‘fastest game on grass’, so it offers considerable aerobic benefits, especially given that the pitch is between 130 and 145 metres long. Games also present a good muscular workout for the back, arms and legs.
8. Sepak Takraw
This sport of Southeast Asian origin is sometimes called ‘kick volleyball’ and has been played since at least the 15th century. It’s a low-energy, high-skill game in which players use their feet, knees, chest or head to get the rattan ball over the net.
As with most sports, there are cardiovascular benefits, but sepak takraw’s main advantage is that it improves coordination, reaction time and core muscles. It is often used as a training exercise for footballers and other sportspeople. Everyone can play: young or old, men or women.
UK Sepak Takraw Association
9. Walking Basketball
As the name suggests, this is a slower-paced version of basketball that is suitable for everyone, but is particularly aimed at the over-50s. It’s only been in existence since November 2013, the brainchild of two Surrey residents who were inspired by a walking football match. The rules are mostly the same as traditional basketball, with the obvious exception that players are restricted to a walking pace.
This is a great non-contact sport for older people who want to increase their physical activity and don’t fancy joining a gym, or for those recovering from injuries who want to ease themselves back into activity. There are social benefits too: you meet likeminded people and work together to win games.
Visit www.facebook.com/walkingbasketball for information on your nearest centre, or email co-founder Bridget Hayward at [email protected]
10. Unicycle Hockey
This is a sport for all ages – as long as you’re a decent unicyclist, that is. There are five players on a team and no dedicated goalie, so it’s a team effort to keep the opponents’ ball (usually a tennis ball) out of your goal using an ice-hockey stick. You must have both feet on the pedals when engaging with the ball and no offensive contact is allowed between players. This fast-paced game is most popular in France, where there are more than 50 registered teams. There are 11 in the UK.
Unicycling requires balance and control, which comes from strong core muscles – one of the sport’s key benefits. It’s also fast-paced, with much pedalling from one end of the court to the other, so does give a decent cardiovascular workout.
UK Unicycle Hockey League
Five Great British Sports Crazes Americans Don’t Understand | Anglophenia
Sport should be a universal constant. The idea of watching athletic people competing in a ritualized form of combat (albeit one which substitutes inflated bladders for swords and shoulder-pads for armor) goes back as far as society itself, and is something all cultures indulge in, to some degree.
So quite why there should be such a clear discrepancy between the kind of sports British people get excited about and those which float the boats of Americans is anyone’s guess. Suffice it to say, our FA Cup and your Super Bowl are very similar, in that neither nation has the first idea which sport is competing for the other nation’s trophy.
Here are five British games that will never have to play host to Madonna at half time.
The classic British bamboozler, in that it’s a sport that has rules and traditions that are so anti-intuitive as to befuddle the minds of anyone who didn’t grow up knowing what was going on. It’s basically a throwing, batting and running game, like baseball, except you run backwards and forwards, instead of around in a loop. Oh and you’re in a partnership with another batsman, and if they start running, you have to go, or you’re out. If you hit the ball and it’s caught, you’re out. If the ball hits your leg instead of the stumps (the wooden Stonehenge thing behind the batsman), you’re out, and if the bowler knocks your stumps over, you’re out. Other than that, you can whack away to your heart’s content. Get the ball over the perimeter line, and you’ve got four points! Do it without bouncing and it’s six! Oh and did we tell you the matches go on for five days at a time? And that you swap ends every six throws? Don’t worry, you’ll pick it up…maybe.
You know we call soccer football and you call football football? Well to make matters more confusing, rugby is also known as rugby football and there are two variations on the game, rugby league and rugby union. It’s closer to the game you call football than the game we call football, in that the ball is a similar shape and you’re effectively running and pushing and fighting in order to carry it from one end of a pitch to another, followed by some kicking into the middle of a big H. However, rugby is the bare-knuckle backstreet brawl to football’s million dollar Vegas boxing bout. The most protective thing a rugby player puts on before he starts a game is a tooth guard, and even then, if he’s been playing for a while, he possibly no longer needs it. Rugby is one of those games where you can spot the people who play it in a crowd, just by their physical deformities: the cauliflower ears, the lumpen brow, shoulders you could hang drapes from. Heroes to a man. (Americans can watch rugby on BBC America. Check out the channel’s Six Nations Rugby schedule for more info.)
The Boat Race
More of an event than a sport, although one which does betray the British upper classes’ love of messing about in boats. Every year, representatives of Oxford and Cambridge University’s respective Boat Clubs do battle along the Thames in London. They start at Putney Bridge and end at Chiswick Bridge, and each team wears blue. Oxford wears dark blue and Cambridge wears light blue. As with many things which began a long time ago, the logic is lost to the mists of time, but the tradition lives on.
Here’s Hugh Laurie representing Cambridge, way back in 1980. Sadly his efforts were crushed by a rampaging Oxford crew, who sneaked up from behind and seized victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat.
Bear with me on this one, some of it may seem a little familiar. In British primary schools, in a tradition that dates back to Tudor times, everyone plays rounders. Never mind your baseball, with the big two-hander bat, or softball, with the big two-hander ball, rounders is the sport of Kings (when they’re at a British primary school). It’s exactly like baseball, in that there’s throwing, hitting and running round a loop. But the bats are only about 12″ long, and you hit with one hand. The ball is smaller than a baseball too, being about the size of a tangerine. Oh and it has to be bowled underarm. You’re out if your ball is caught without bouncing, or if the base you are running to has been ‘stumped’ by one of the fielding team. If you make it all the way round in successive stages, that’s half a point, with a whole point if you do it all in one go. Everyone loves it. Mind you, we don’t watch rounders on the TV, or offer any attention to professional rounders teams, so maybe baseball is safe for now.
Another schoolyard stable, and a rare example of a sport which is played by everyone, but dominated by girls. To those who are unaware (and there shouldn’t be too many, given the rising popularity of the sport in America) netball is effectively basketball without the backboard, or the dribbling, and was invented in reaction to basketball, as a sport specifically for British women to play. The game is otherwise pretty similar. Players pass the ball to one another in order to move it towards their opponents’ net, and only certain players are allowed to shoot. Consequently there is a lot of running and then sudden stops, as a player catches the ball and has to cease moving as quickly as possible, ready to pass again. It’s a very, very team oriented game, more so than show-offy old basketball, and as such, perfect for children to develop their teamwork skills.
Fraser McAlpine is British. This explains a lot.
Which Sport Is It?
Is it baseball or softball? You’ve got a bat, a ball, and you’re hoping for a home run, but which sport is it? So far you don’t know because these sports are similar but they’re not the same. A number of sports look alike. How many of them can you tell apart?
These popular sports both use a ball, bat, and three bases on a diamond-shaped field. The object is to hit the ball and score a run. The team with the most runs wins.
|1. Small, hard ball||1. Large, softer ball|
|2. 90-foot basepath||2. 60-foot basepath|
|3. Nine players per team||3. 10 players per team (slow pitch; fast pitch has nine players per team)|
|4. Overhand pitch||4. Underhand pitch|
Both are sports made up of more than one event.
|1. Made up of two sports – cross-country skiing and rifle shooting||1. Made up of three sports – swimming, running, and bicycling|
|2. Competitors ski through the woods and stop every five kilometers to shoot at a board with five targets.||2. Competitors swim a distance, then run a distance, then bike until the finish. Distances are not always the same.|
|3. Fastest time wins. Each missed target adds one minute to your time.||3. Fastest time wins.|
Both are snow sports using sleds.
|1. Team with fastest time wins.||1. Not competitive|
|2. Sled mounted on runners to gain speed||2. Long, flat sled curved in front|
|3. Two-Four people race||3. Two-Four people coast down a hill|
Both require an agile, flexible body.
|Exercises to promote physical fitness such as: pull-ups, jumping jacks, sit-ups||Artistic gymnastics: vault, symmetric bars, balance beams, floor exercises, rings, high bar|
None except they sound very similar.
|1. Played on ice||1. Played on a large, rectangular field|
|2. Four players per team||2. 15 players per team|
|3. Players use brooms and a large piece of granite (rock) which is called the stone.||3. Players use a ball similar to a baseball and curved sticks known as hurleys.|
|4. One player slides the stone down the ice towards a bullseye. Two others sweep the ice to make the stone go faster.||4. Players try to hit the ball into a net (3 points), or just above the net (1 point) using their stick. Or if the ball is off the ground, they can use their hands and feet.|
|5. The winning team has their stone closest to the bullseye.||5. The winning team scores more points than the losing team.|
Both are team sports played with a stick. To score, an object must be hit into the opposing goal.
|Field Hockey||Ice Hockey|
|1. Played on a large, rectangular field||1. Played on ice|
|2. 11 players per team||2. Six players per team|
|3. Players wear cleats||3. Players wear ice skates|
|4. Stick with curved end used to hit ball||4. Long-bladed stick used to hit rubber puck|
In all three, there is a horse running around a track with a jockey (rider) trying to make the horse go faster. The first horse to cross the finish line is the winner.
|1. The jockey is on a saddle on top of the horse.||1. The horse is pulling a cart driven by the jockey. The cart is known as a sulky.||1. The jockey is on a saddle on top of the horse.|
|2. Horses race a certain distance around a flat oval track.||2. Horses race a certain distance around a flat oval track.||2. Horses race around a track that also contains water jumps, ditches, fences, and hurdles.|
The object of both games is to encircle a short metal pole in the ground called a stake—or get closer than your opponent.
|1. Two-four players||1. Any number can play|
|2. Two horseshoes||2. One iron, rubber, or heavy rope ring|
Both sports require a bike and race to the finish.
|1. BMX track: smooth, sandy soil||1. Race course: one-third road, two-thirds plowed land, woods, streams|
|2. Racers jump over mounds||2. Racers ride or carry their bikes|
These sports take place on a court with up to four walls for play. To win points, the opposing player must fail to return the ball to the front wall before its second bounce.
|Uses a perforated paddle with a short handle||Uses a strung racquet with a short handle|
People often think table tennis and Ping-Pong are different sports, but they are the same. Ping-Pong is the company’s trademark for table tennis (as Kleenex is for tissues).
Both games are played on a green felt table with a long stick or cue.
|1. Two-four players||1. Two players|
|2. One white (cue) ball, 15 colored and numbered balls||2. One white cue ball, one “spot” white ball and one red ball|
|3. Cue ball knocks colored balls into six holes, or pockets, on side and in corners of table||3. There are no pockets. Players strike the cue ball and try to hit the other two balls on the table, either directly or by banking the balls off the sides of the table.|
|4. Points are scored when balls are knocked into the pockets; person or team with the most points wins||4. A point is scored when the cue ball hits one of the object balls, then riccochets and hits the other; person or team with the most points wins|
All require skis, poles, and snow. However, many people now enjoy snowboarding (see below). There is Alpine and Freestyle snowboarding but no Nordic snowboarding.
|Nordic cross-country||Alpine downhill skiing||Freestyle skiing|
|1. Relatively flat surface: fields or trails in woods||1. Steep mountain or hill slope||1. Steep mountain with moguls (bumps) and an area for snow jumping|
|2. Quick strides||2. Fast descent from top to bottom||2. Made up of two events – aerials and moguls. Aerials has compeitors doing acrobatic ski jumps. In the moguls competition, racers speed around the moguls to the finish line. Judges determine the winner in each event.|
Snowboarding, part surfing and part skiing, is a very popular winter sport. It requires a board, bindings, and boots. No poles are used.
A player rolls a ball down a long alley, trying to knock down pins.
|1. Even number of players, two-24||1. One-five players|
|2. Ball or thick, flat disk||2. Ball|
|3. Nine pins||3. 10 pins|
other games played with balls – synonyms and related words
a game in which two or four players use rackets to hit a shuttlecock (=a small light object with feathers on it) to each other across a net
a game played on grass in which players hit balls through curved pieces of metal called wickets or hoops using long wooden hammers called mallets
in the U.S., a game in which two or four people hit a ball against a wall with their hands
a game similar to field hockey and lacrosse that is popular in Ireland and is played by two teams of 15 players
a game in which two teams throw and catch a ball using long sticks with nets at the end, and try to score goals
the game of jai alai
a game similar to tennis that is popular in the U. S. Players use a bat to hit a plastic ball with holes in it over a net.
a game played by two teams riding polo ponies. They get points by hitting a small ball into a particular area using a polo stick (=a wooden hammer with a long handle).
an indoor game in which two players use small rackets to hit a ball
a game played in the U.K. that is similar to baseball, in which players hit a ball with a bat and then run around four sides of a square
a game in which two players use rackets to hit a small ball against a wall. You play squash on an indoor area called a court
a game in which one or two players on either side of a table hit a small light ball with wooden paddles across a low net in the middle of the table
a form of baseball played in the U.S. by young children in which the ball is not thrown but is placed on a special stick so that you can hit it easily
a game played by two people with a ball that is attached to the top of a pole with a long rope. Each player tries to wrap the rope completely around the pole by hitting the ball in one direction or the other.
a sport in which two teams use only their hands and arms to hit a ball to each other over a high net, trying to prevent the ball from touching the ground on their side
English version of thesaurus of other games played with balls
How Do You Play Lacrosse?
When it comes to sports in the United States, many people immediately think of one of the three most popular professional sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Of course, there are other popular professional sports, such as hockey and soccer, too.
Football is probably the sport most often associated with the U.S., but there’s actually another much older sport that was invented here hundreds of years ago by Native Americans. It involves a large field, a small rubber ball, two nets, and long sticks with baskets on the end. What are we talking about? Lacrosse, of course!
Even though it doesn’t receive the kind of attention some other sports get, lacrosse can boast that it’s a truly American sport. Native Americans have been playing lacrosse since as early as the 15th century.
In addition to being a fun game, Native American tribes used lacrosse to train young warriors for battle. They may have even used the game to settle disputes between tribes. Unlike the 10-man teams of modern lacrosse, Native Americans sometimes enjoyed games involving hundreds of players on a field that could be miles long!
Modern lacrosse fields are large rectangles with a goal at each end. Although the field might remind you of a field hockey or soccer field, there are differences in how lacrosse is played.
Ten-person teams face off as they try to get the small rubber ball into their opponent’s goal. Instead of throwing the ball with their hands or kicking it with their feet, lacrosse players use long sticks with a net-like basket or pocket on the end to pick up, carry, throw, catch, and shoot the ball.
The lacrosse stick — called a crosse — allows the players to whip the ball around the field with incredible speed. Players must cover a lot of ground and game play can get intensely physical, which has earned the sport of lacrosse the nickname of “the fastest game on two feet.” Lacrosse players get a lot of exercise, and the best players develop exceptional speed and stamina.
The 10 players on a lacrosse team are divided into three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders, and a goalkeeper. Game play involves strategy and precise passing. The game shares some similarities with basketball, in the sense that lacrosse games can include fast breaks, picks, and different defensive strategies, such as zone and man-to-man.
A crosse isn’t the only piece of specialized equipment that lacrosse players need. Since the small, hard ball whips around the field at high speeds and contact with other players is frequent, protective gear is a must. A typical lacrosse player will wear a helmet, gloves, mouth guard, and protective pads that cover the ribs, shoulders, and elbows.
Today, lacrosse is a popular sport with both men and women at high schools and colleges across the United States. In 2001, a semi-pro league, called Major League Lacrosse or MLL, began play. There are currently nine teams in the MLL.
The Best Field Hockey Balls for 2021
Best Field Hockey Balls Buying Guide
Field hockey became a popular sport in the 19th century, and by the 20th century, it had acquired a certain level of popularity. Field hockey fans may be found on almost every continent these days, although the sport faded from prominence after a time. Hockey is arguably one of the most challenging sports to play since it requires handling a field hockey ball with a stick and the proper equipment to play the game properly. In essence, no hockey game is complete without the appropriate puck! It might be difficult to choose the appropriate field hockey ball with so many options, and most are different depending on your sport.
What Features Should You Look For In A Field Hockey Ball?
It is not easy to pick the best field hockey ball in 2021. Sure, they might have the same appearance, but when tiny details can set a good field hockey ball apart from the others.
Field hockey is played on both natural and artificial fields. Grass, clay, hard court, or turf may be used on the field. To reduce or remove any potential mistrust and conflict, the field hockey ball must be visible and noticeable not only to the players and referees on the field but also to officials, camerapeople, and even fans off the field.
It is also necessary since some courts, particularly those with deep grass fields, may obscure the field hockey ball. Furthermore, the ball color picked must contrast well with the ground and surrounding locations. As a result, a green field hockey ball would be unsuitable for a green grass playing surface. Hockey balls should be brightly colored so that they may be easily identified on and off the ice. As a result, white is commonly utilized as the standard color.
Texture of Ball
Depending on the surface, a player might prefer one of the two types of field hockey ball textures; a polished, glossy ball is frequently used on sand-based fields whereas the increasingly popular dimpled field hockey balls are great for water-based artificial pitches. Water disperses faster off the ridges of a dimpled ball, allowing it to travel a greater distance at a faster speed. Field hockey balls with a cork inside soften the feel of the ball and improve control, making them great for playing in the daytime. A softer ball, on the other hand, provides better protection for hockey sticks.
Field hockey balls must fulfill certain weight requirements set by international committees. A field hockey ball used in professional tournaments should weigh between 5.5 and 5.75 ounces, or 156 and 163 grams, according to the FHA of the United States. However, Olympic regulations allow for slightly greater weights.
What Factors Should You Consider Before Buying A Hockey Ball?
Selecting the appropriate field hockey ball to meet a certain requirement can be difficult and time-consuming at times. The brand, use, and user reviews are the most important factors to consider when buying the best field hockey ball in 2021.
Before purchasing a product, the majority of consumers rely on reviews. This position is still advised when purchasing field hockey balls. Reviews are submitted by people who have bought and used the item and can vouch for its quality. The evaluation would be favorable if the ball served the purpose for which it was manufactured and purchased and negative if it did not. In general, the greater the quality of a field hockey ball, the more good reviews it receives.
Most consumers are tricked into believing that a good field hockey ball made with durable materials will often cost more than the other options in the market. This isn’t necessarily true in every case. It is feasible to create a good field hockey ball at a lower cost that will result in a fairly priced end product. Pricing a field hockey ball entails more than simply the cost of the components.
For example, a company could aim to break into a new market by keeping its prices low, despite its products being of high quality. Furthermore, there are instances where some field hockey balls are made with low-cost inputs yet sold at a premium price. The bottom line is that while pricing is a good indicator of product quality, it is not always accurate.
Before purchasing a field hockey ball, consider whether it will be played on clay, grass, turf, hard court, or even sand-based turf; whether used indoors or outdoors; whether used for practice or high-level competitive games. Lighter balls are generally accommodated by sand-based turfs rather than grass or turf. Young and inexperienced hockey players prefer lighter balls, but pros choose heavier balls.
The brand of a particular field hockey ball is difficult to come by since it represents the ball and the firm that produces it. The ball brand displays the ball’s performance over a lengthy time. If a hockey ball has previously performed admirably and consistently, it promotes itself as a reputable brand, and buyers take it seriously.
What Different Types of Field Hockey Balls Are Available In The Market?
There are various field hockey balls available for all of your practice and game day needs. The ones you pick are determined by various criteria, such as league rules, playing surface, and field conditions. You will be using each sort of ball for a long time, so here is a guide to help you pick the appropriate one for your next practice session or game day.
Plastic field hockey balls with a hollow inside are used for practice. They are frequently less expensive than official game balls. They may be produced in more vivid and appealing colors to make your practice time a little more enjoyable because they don’t have to follow exact gameplay criteria. Practice balls are typically smooth and may be utilized on a variety of surfaces. The smoothness might be difficult since it may not roll consistently or reliably on a damp outdoor surface, giving you the benefit of faster responding to changing conditions.
On game day, you’ll want a standard ball that’s the same size and weight every time. You can rely on an established certification procedure to ensure that every ball meets national or international play requirements. There may be minor variances in ball size and weight depending on the league and level of play.
Ball for the High School Play
Any field hockey ball used in high school play must have an official NFHS stamp certifying its size and weight. The inside of the ball is hollow, while the outside is smooth. Depending on lighting and field circumstances, the umpire may pick a white or orange field hockey ball or another solid color on game day. The hue that is most likely to aid players and umpires in seeing the ball is chosen.
Field Hockey Ball for Indoor Games
Indoor field hockey is played in a small playing area, and the ball is likewise smaller and lighter than outside field hockey. It’s also hollow and smooth, so it’s excellent for indoor use.
Ball for Elite-Level Play
The Kookaburra ball is the standard ball for high-level tennis. Its amusing name originates from the fact that it is an Australian product, and it has earned the moniker “kooks” over time. The field hockey ball features dimples on its surface, which helps it roll true and reliably on wet surfaces. This makes it ideal for the majority of natural turf conditions encountered during outdoor play.
What Is The Price Range For Field Hockey Balls?
You can expect to pay a price of $6 to $54 when buying the field hockey balls. The price variation can be due to the packaging. Some packing has 12 balls or more to offer better value for money. Some packaging has four or a pair of balls. The price will also vary depending on the type of field hockey ball, like practice balls or officially approved balls for playing hockey.
Why Are Lacrosse Sticks & Balls So Expensive? – Get Hyped Sports
Lacrosse sticks and lacrosse balls can be expensive. They tend to be more expensive than traditional sports such as basketball and baseball, requiring one or two items to play.
Lacrosse is different compared to traditional sports, as players will need to supply their own equipment. The equipment needed to play lacrosse is:
- Shoulder Pads
- Lacrosse Stick
The only items that are supplied to the player are the game jersey and shorts. Players are responsible for the equipment listed above, which can be a bit pricey.
In this article, we’re going to identify why lacrosse sticks and lacrosse balls are so expensive and help you navigate the lacrosse landscape for cheaper options.
Why Are Lacrosse Sticks So Expensive?
Like hockey sticks, Lacrosse sticks are an expensive piece of equipment that is seldom replaced every season due to the pricing. Prices can range anywhere from $100-$500. The higher-end sticks tend to be a bit pricier for a few reasons.
Brand names are worth more simply because of the perceived value. Similar to clothing brands, early adopters in the space such as Warrior, Nike & Brine have solidified themselves in the market at a certain price.
Most of these sticks fall in the range of “normal” lacrosse stick pricing. Lacrosse has also positioned itself as a sport for the middle to upper class, which can inflate the prices because the customers are willing to pay for it, similar to the sport of hockey.
Here is a list of the top brand names in Lacrosse:
- Under Armour
Weight & Flexibility
Now to the actual dimensions of the stick. A major reason why lacrosse sticks are expensive is because of the material the stick is made out of and the flexibility of the shaft.
Expensive lacrosse sticks are often made of high-flex carbon fiber or a company’s patented protected carbon technology. The ideal weight for the carbon fiber shaft is often anywhere between 120-150 grams (for attack sticks).
The head is also the most important part of the lacrosse stick. It’s what allows you to sling the ball to your teammates or the back of the net. A weak, wobbly and inconsistent head can drastically alter your shot.
Durability and flexibility of the head to take multiple hits from defenders is what makes a head expensive. Cheaper heads can’t withstand the consistent damage and will need to be replaced.
Again, the whip levels play into the flexibility and durability of both the shaft and head. Having a flexible product means more whip, which equates to more speed of the ball coming off the shot ( assuming the fundamentals of the shooter are correct).
The whip level and the pocket also play a large role in determining the cost of a lacrosse stick—different types of material flex better than traditional sticks. Companies like Warrior have created their own technologies such as “Truoffset,” SymFlex & Lock-Throat, which have all contributed to better shafts and pockets.
Best Value Lacrosse Sticks
If you’re looking to buy a cheap lacrosse stick but is also constructed and manufactured to last, we’ve compiled a list for you.
Below is a list of sticks that we value from both a pricing and dependability standpoint.
STX Men’s Lacrosse Stallion 200 U
This STX stick is an attack/midfield stick that is a great stick for entry-level players and players looking to save some money. It meets the NCAA and NFHS standard rules. For under $100, this stick is well worth its pricing and is durable enough to last multiple seasons!
Purchase the STX stick and see the pricing here.
CAKLOR Lacrosse Stick
The CAKLOR is another cheap option on our list that is strong, light, and durable. The pocket is completely adjustable for your linking, and the stick weighs in at 0.45 Kilograms! Comes equipped with both a ball stop and end cap.
The CAKLOR lacrosse stick can be seen here for a low price!
Why Are Lacrosse Balls So Expensive?
If your lacrosse field is near woods, and you’ve ever missed the net or have thrown a wild pass, you know exactly what it’s like to lose a ball. Like golf balls, Lacrosse balls are a necessity to the game, and the more, the better.
Lacrosse balls are expensive because of the material they’re made from vulcanized rubber. Vulcanized rubber is generally seen as “more expensive” than the traditional rubbers, which are still cheap.
Back to the original point, lacrosse is a middle to upper-class sport; the prices are higher slightly based on the stigma of the sport. The good news is that lacrosse balls over the year have gone down tremendously due to more competition and ease of access to purchasing lacrosse balls.
Where Can I Buy Cheap Lacrosse Balls?
We’ve compiled a list of cheap lacrosse balls that will fit almost everyone’s budget and will not break your bank. If you’re paying more than $3 a lacrosse ball, you’re paying too much.
This is assuming you don’t mind what kind of ball you’re getting. The list below is your standard lacrosse ball that is great for putting up shots or using for practice.
See Our Complete List Of Helpful Lacrosse Articles Here.
Champion Sports Official Ball – 12 Pack
Every ball above meets the standards of NOCSAE standards, NCAA and NFHS approved. We’ve chosen the 12 pack because it’s always better to stock up before the deal goes away. Especially if you’re taking multiple shots, don’t chase after 1-2 balls; it’s always better to have more in your bag.
You can easily purchase the Champion Sports lacrosse balls here.
Velocity Lacrosse Balls – 24 Pack
Velocity lacrosse balls, the 24 pack is a great bundle deal to get lacrosse balls under $2. Again, each ball meets NOCSAE specifications as well as NCAA & NFHS. What’s great about the Velocity package is the wide variety of colors, and you can change the pricing from 24 to 120 balls if needed!
Take a look at the Velocity lacrosse balls here.
Lacrosse can be an expensive sport. We’ve tried to minimize the amount of money spent by purchasing cheaper lacrosse sticks and lacrosse balls. At the end of the day, the person shooting the ball needs to work on the fundamentals and technique before purchasing $400 sticks.
Continue to perfect all the fundamentals of the game, and the shots will start pouring in the back of the net.
What is :: hurling – ikirov.ru
A hockey stick and a ball are not only a golfer’s paraphernalia. It turns out there is a whole sport native to Ireland. And the name is hurling. This Celtic game was born so long ago that already in the 12th century, rules were invented that forbade serious injuries with clubs and balls. But more about everything.
Start with the inventory that is used in hurling.
So, the main attributes are a hockey club, called a hurley, and a ball for a sleotar game.
As with other sports, sports equipment has its own requirements. The length of the club should vary from 64-97 cm. The part of the club that the players hit is called the bass. The players’ bass is normal, but the goalkeeper’s bass is twice as wide. The ball also has special requirements: it must be made of leather with a cork inside. The ball should not be quite small, from 69-72 mm, but weighing 110-120 grams. To determine if the ball is good, you need to run it at a speed of 150 km / h. If he can fly at such a speed, and even at a distance of 110 m.then you have a quality ball in front of you. A must for hurling and helmet players.
How to play?
First, let’s look at the game itself. Hooling, like football, field hockey is played on the field. The field has the shape of a rectangle 30-145 m long and 70-80 m wide.
At the ends of the field there are special gates, only if in football they are U-shaped, then here, oddly enough, it is U-shaped. At a height of approximately 2.50 m, a crossbar runs between the rods.Players try to throw the ball to the bottom of the goal. This part is covered with a net. But on both sides there are squares in the form of a rectangle. One is 14 x 4.50 m. And the larger one is 19 x 13 m. For juniors the size of the field is different: they are just smaller.
What is the Hurling Team made of?
In a team of 15 people. One goalkeeper. The goalkeeper’s uniform is different from that of other players.
Playing time is less than in football 2 rounds of 35 minutes. But the extra time is -2 rounds of 10 minutes.
The game itself
The game starts very much like football. To begin with, the referee throws the sliotar onto the center line, where there are 2 players. All others are outside the zone of this center line. Then there are two moves of the game: if the ball falls to the ground, it is hit with a club or with feet. It is forbidden to lift the ball with your hand.
If a player catches a ball flying in the air with his hand, it is allowed to run with the ball in his hands no more than 4 steps, and then toss it into the air, or hit it off the ground with a club. A player who wants to dribble the ball more than three steps can use a club to carry the ball on it. If the rules are violated, a free kick is awarded from the place of violation. Moreover, the player must pick up and throw the ball into the air with a club, and then hit it. If the rules are violated by a defender in his own penalty area in front of the goal, a penalty is awarded from the middle of the 20-meter line. On the goal line of the defending team, besides the goalkeeper, two more players are allowed. A penalty kick is scored in the same way as a normal free kick.If one of the teams scores a goal or a point, or if the attacking team misses the goal, the game continues after the goalkeeper hand throws the ball from the goalkeeper’s court. The rest of the players must be behind the 20-meter line. If the defending team misses a goal, the attacking team takes a free kick (on the ground) from the 65-meter line. If one team’s ball goes out of bounds, the other team takes a corner kick (from the ground) on the line of the field where the ball left the field.
How are points calculated?
A goal is considered if the ball enters the goal.Three points are credited for this. If the ball hits the goal above the crossbar, the team can score one point. The second way to score points is by hand throwing. There is only one but! The ball must be in the air during the strike.
It is forbidden to carry or throw the ball over the goal line: it will be out. If a player of one team is in the penalty area in front of the goal at the time of the kick, then his goal or point is not counted. Thus, the other team gets a free kick.
Scoring is based on the formula: the number of goals – the sum of points
No game is complete without breaking the rules.
If a player picked up the ball from the field with his hand, threw the ball with his hand, took more than 4 steps with the ball in his hand, caught it without touching the field, passed it from hand to hand three times in a row, threw the ball into the goal with his hand, scored the ball from the goalkeeper’s area , tripping, grabbing by the clothes or knocking down the player, this means that the player has violated the rules. In principle, the same violations are used here.as in football.
Finally, refereeing . The referee oversees the course of the game. There are two line judges and 4 referees. It is the chief referee who assigns points, monitors fines and points. But the referees show goals and points. As in football, they can be recognized by their white jackets and flags. If the team is awarded one point, the referee raises a white flag, if a goal, then a green one. But if a 65-meter shot is assigned, the referee raises his hand.
Try this exciting and interesting game – hurling.
Winter ball hockey
The winter ball hockey game involves two teams, each with one goalkeeper and 10 field players. This game is played on an ice field using sticks and a ball.
Winter Ball Hockey Rules
The object of this game is to score the ball into the opponent’s goal. According to the rules, the winner in the match is the team that scores the most goals. The skaters move on the ice and use their clubs to score the ball into the opposing team’s goal. At the same time, they should not allow the players of the opposing team to score the ball into their own goal. Goalkeepers don’t use sticks, they just defend their goal. This game is limited in time. It consists of 2 halves of 45 minutes. Also, at very low temperatures, the referee may decide to play a game consisting of 3 halves of 30 minutes each. Its winner is the team that scores more goals against the opposing team during the entire game.
In Russia, ball hockey is an official winter sport. In international practice, there is a similar kind of sport – “bandy”. In Russia, at first, ball hockey was called “Russian hockey”. In countries that regularly and organized field hockey, the corresponding associations or federations are created, which are part of the Federation of International Bandy (Federation of International Bandy). The International Olympic Committee has officially recognized bandy as a winter sport, but until now it has not been included in the official program of the Winter Olympic Games. In 1952, at the VI Winter Olympics in Oslo, bandy was presented as an exemplary discipline. In 2011, at the VII Asian Winter Games, this sport was officially included in the program. Also, the winter ball hockey game was presented at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Ball hockey, in fact, is considered a Russian national sport, since Russia played a huge role in its formation, origin and development.
In the Russian chronicles of the X-XI centuries, when describing amusements that are in wide demand among the people, clubbing is often mentioned along with swimming, fist fights, archery, horse riding, rounders and towns.In a huge country, in different regions, this game was called differently. Among the most famous names of this game were such as: chase in Vyatka, corral in the North, pig in the Urals. Also, in the annals and folklore names, you can find a number of other names. These include: dogon, cauldron, gambling, goat horn, whirligig, ice hockey sticks or just hockey sticks. From the last four names, we can conclude that the designation of the game came from the name of the objects used in it: the whirligig served as an analogue of the modern puck, the goat’s horn or hockey sticks denoted a bent stick used in the game, and the name of the hockey stick indicated that in Russia it was really a winter sport. Peter I was fond of this folk amusement. This game with a stick on the ice of the Neva attracted a large number of spectators during his reign.
Clubbing the ball | Technique
The art of dribbling in field hockey plays an important role, and if a hockey player does not master this art, he will not be able to succeed in the game. The main thing when dribbling is to move quickly with the ball without weakening control over it. The goal of dribbling is to try to get closer to the opposing team’s goal by dribbling when there is no way to play a pass with a partner.
There are several ways to dribble the ball:
1) dribbling the ball on the ground with successive jolts;
2) dribbling the ball along the ground from right to left when the ball touches one flat side of the hook;
3) dribbling the ball along the ground in continuous contact of the club hook with the ball.
Dribbling the ball on the ground with successive kicks . To dribble the ball along the ground with successive jolts, it is hit with the plane of the hook.The stick is brought to the ball without swing, the blows are applied with the movements of the brushes. Consecutive kicks should be applied in such a way that the ball does not leave the club by more than 1-2 m. You can dribble the ball with successive kicks with one or two hands. At the moment of applying a push on the ball, the arms are straightened.
Dribbling the ball on the ground with successive strikes while holding the club with one hand . The stick is held by the end of the handle, the hockey player’s body is slightly tilted forward, the stick is brought to the ball without swing.During the application of a direct push, the arm is straightened. Dribbling the ball with one hand allows the hockey player to develop maximum speed. Such a lead is usually used with a quick breakthrough to the goal of the opposing team.
Dribbling the ball along the ground from right to left when the ball touches the ball with one flat side of the hook . The stick is held in the main grip, the arms are bent, the body is tilted forward, the legs are bent at the knees. By touching the ball with one flat side of the club and moving the hook from one side to the other, the hockey player is able to regulate the direction of the ball’s movement.The main thing when dribbling is to move quickly with the ball, moving it from right to left and left to right. When moving the hook from right to left, the hands turn the club 180 degrees. The main work during dribbling is performed by the right hand, which holds the club by the middle of the handle. With this method of dribbling, the hockey player has good control of the ball. At the same time, misleading the opponent, he can perform unexpected throws, throws, blows and dodge the players of the opposing team when crowded in a small area of the court.
Dribbling the ball along the ground in continuous contact of the club hook with the ball . The hockey player holds the stick with his main grip, his shoulders are turned towards the ball. The body is slightly tilted forward, the arms are bent or straightened at the elbow joints. The ball hook is located on the right side of the player. If the ball is on the side of the line of the feet or behind, then the hook, covering the ball, forms an acute angle with the ground. If the ball is slightly in front of the leg line, then the hook forms a right angle with the ground.The ball must be in continuous contact with the hook.
You can also dribble the ball in this way with one hand. The dribbling technique is the same as when dribbling the ball with two hands.
The method of dribbling in continuous contact with the ball hook is used when running with the ball on turns, when the opponent attacks the player from the side. Most often left-wing players use this method of dribbling. When dribbling, the ball is always under the control of the player, and he can dispose of it depending on the situation: pass the ball to a partner, throw it on goal or throw the ball up.
Basketball (English basket – basket, ball – ball) is a sports team game with a ball.
Basketball is played by two teams, each of which consists of five field players (in total, each team has 12 people, substitutions are not limited). The goal of each team is to throw the ball into the opponent’s net (basket) with their hands and prevent the other team from gaining possession of the ball and throwing it into their own basket  .The basket is 3.05 m (10 ft) off the floor. For a ball thrown from close and medium distances, two points are counted, from the far (due to the 3-point line) – three points; a free throw is estimated at one point. The standard size of a basketball court is 28 meters long and 15 meters wide. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world  .
Tennis, or tennis is a sport in which either two players compete (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). The task of the opponents (tennis players or tennis players) is to send the ball to the opponent’s side with the help of rackets so that he cannot reflect it, no more than after the first fall of the ball on the playing field in the opponent’s half.
. Baseball (English baseball , from base – “base, base” and ball – “ball”) is a team sports game with a baseball and a bat. The competition involves two teams of nine (sometimes ten) players each.
Handball (date håndbold, eng. handball from hand – hand and ball – ball) – a team game with a ball of 7 to 7 players (6 field players and a goalkeeper in each team).They play with the ball, hands. The goal of the game is to throw as many balls as possible into the goal (3 m × 2 m) of the opponent.
Game for real men
“People pretend for 80 minutes that they have no injuries, that they can play” – and yes, this is not about football. We will tell you about a little-known sport – rugby. And why rugby and American football are completely different games.
There is a legend according to which a football player from the town of Rugby was so tired of being constantly kicked that the player grabbed the ball in his hands and ran to the opponent’s goal. That guy was, of course, disqualified for flagrantly breaking the rules. But after this incident, as they say, rushed! Now in the world of rugby there are about 5 million athletes.
The rules of this game, as already mentioned, are similar to the rules of American football. There are players: they are divided into two teams and there is an oval ball. The main task is to run across the field with the ball, bring it to the end zone and at the same time fight off the defenders. The defenders, in turn, are more like an army of “khalks”: they are ready to fight to the death in order to prevent the enemy from entering their territory.Therefore, strength techniques here (or rather, grips) are one of the main components.
So is there a difference?
And there is a difference. And the first difference that immediately catches your eye is the external equipment.
True tough rugby players do not recognize pain and are limited to minimal protection: a shirt, shorts and sometimes a soft helmet on the head.
American football athletes have a much more serious approach: a metal helmet and huge shields on the bottom of their equipment, almost like in hockey.
Such protection is used for a reason. And this already refers to significant differences in the rules of the game. And we will try to tell you about them:
1. During a match, rugby players may only use forceful techniques on the player with the ball, and in American football, on any player of the opposing team.
2. In American football, everything happens at a decent speed. In rugby, this is difficult to do, as there is an important caveat in the rules: it is forbidden to pass or pass the ball forward.In this case, the pass from the player with the ball must be made only to the player who is running from behind.
3. In rugby it is allowed to lift the ball with your hands from the ground. In American football, if the ball hits the ground, play is stopped.
4. In American football, a certain number of attempts are given to skid, in rugby there is not even such a concept.
5. The number of players on the field is also different: 15 in rugby and 11 in American football.
6. Regarding the playing time.In rugby there are 2 halves of 40 minutes, and in American football – 4 halves of 15 minutes.
And these are just the main differences that can be highlighted. But based on this, the gameplay is visually different. Rugby is less dynamic than American football during the actual game. But what unites these games is continuous pauses and thinking through combinations. In other words, the game is from the referee.
What about rugby at UrFU?
Our university also has its own rugby team, which was formed in 2010.However, the guys began their first trainings back in 2008, gathering on a small field in the Green Grove. Now the regibists have a coach – this is Primachenko Alexander Anatolyevich, a teacher of the department of team sports of the IFKSiMP.
Our editors talked with one of the current players of this national team Ilya Mordvinov and learned about the basic principles of a real rugby player:
– I studied at the College of Physical Education and went through all playing sports myself, – says Ilya. – And there is no such kind of unity, discipline, respect, solidarity, passion for the game and the integrity of the team in any sport. Plus, rugby includes such preparation, after passing which, you become stronger and stronger at times. And after numerous trainings, you will find yourself in a real match. And, you know, a person who has gone through at least one game will never forget it in his life.
Do you run any kind of rugby competition?
– Yes, we usually hold rugby-7 starts in the spring: we invite teams from the regions, we definitely invite students of UrFU.And first we play the Championship of the city, and then after 1-2 weeks we invite the regions (this has been happening for 5 years). However, last year we played all the matches of the national rugby-15 league for the first time, which means 8 matches. Four houses and four retreats.
Isn’t it cold for you to train in winter?
– The weather factor does not affect us at all, because we train in any weather. If we have a workout on the street, then we go out even at minus 30 (we run for 40 minutes, warm up for 20 and again).We should not somehow give in to the weather. And even matches at the international level are held absolutely in any weather: cold, icy field, rain – in some sports this can affect the game, in our country it is not.
How long is a rugby match?
We play 2 halves of 40 minutes with a break of 10 minutes, that is, rugby players play for 80 minutes in total. When I look at a World Cup match from the outside, I am amazed: people pretend for 80 minutes that they have no injuries, that they can play.Because they are constantly involved in the game and do not want to leave the field.
Is rugby really as traumatic a sport as it might seem at first glance?
– Over the past six months, we have not had a single serious injury. Judge for yourself.
How is rugby going in Russia now?
– Rugby has been banned for a very long time.