List of sports

The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category.

According to the World Sports Encyclopedia (2003), there are 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games.[1]

Physical sports

Acro sports

Air sports

Archery

Ball-over-net games

Basketball family

Bat-and-ball

Baton twirling

Board sports

Sports that are played with some sort of board as the primary equipment.

Catching games

Climbing

Cycling

Sports using bicycles or unicycles.

Bicycle

Skibob

Unicycle

Combat sports: wrestling and martial arts

A combat sport is a competitive contact sport where two combatants fight against each other using certain rules of engagement.

Grappling

Striking

Mixed or hybrid

Weapons

Cue sports

Equestrian sports

Sports using a horse.


Fishing

Flying disc sports

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

Handball family

Hunting

Sometimes considered blood sports.

Ice sports

Kite sports

Mixed discipline

Decathlon, heptathlon, and the pentathlons consist of ten, seven, and five component contests that are scored together using one points system.

Orienteering family

Pilota family

Parkour/Freerunnning

Sport Parkour and Freerunning are empirically measured competitions of skill, speed or style on a obstacle based course. Self expression, demonstration of control and power are measured.

Racket (or racquet) sports

Racket sports are games in which players use rackets to hit a ball or other object. However, this list is broader and includes sport disciplines where players use not rackets but paddles (hand-held frame with flat boards or planks instead of strings).

Remote control

Rodeo-originated

Sports that have originated from rodeos in the old Western Americas.

Running

Sailing

Snow sports

Skiing

Sled sports

Shooting sports

Sports using guns (firearms, air guns, etc.).

Individual

Athletic hybrid

Skirmish

Stacking

Stick and ball games

Hockey

Hurling and shinty

Lacrosse

Polo

Street sports

Tag games

Walking

Wall-and-ball

Games involving opponents hitting a ball against a wall/walls using a racket, or other piece of equipment, or merely gloved/barehanded.

Aquatic & paddle sports

These sports use water (a river, pool, etc.).

Canoeing

Kayaking

Rafting

Rowing

Other paddling sports

Aquatic ball sports

Surface
Underwater

Competitive swimming

Kindred activities

Subsurface and recreational

Diving

Weightlifting

Motorized sports

Auto racing

Motorboat racing

Hydro racing

Motorcycle racing

ATV racing

Marker sports

Fantasy sports

Sports seen in movies, literature, etc.

  • Quidditch
  • Hunger Games (Gladiating)
  • Whack-bat (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Other

Overlapping sports

Sports falling into two or more categories.

Mind sports

Requiring little or no physical exertion or agility, mind sports are often not considered true sports. Some mind sports are recognised by sporting federations. The following list is intended to represent anything that is likely to be referred to as a mind sport, not to argue their validity as sports.

Card games

Other

Speedcubing

Strategy board games

Competitive model sports

Different classification

Potentially other sports are listed here.

Air sports

Athletics (track and field)

Electronic sports

Sports played using electronic devices.

Endurance sports

Goal sports

Sports in which the method of scoring is through goals.

Skating sports

Snowsports

See #Skiing

Strength sports

Sports mainly based on sheer power.

Table sports

Target sports

Sports where the main objective is to hit a certain target.

Team sports

Sports that involve teams.

Windsports

Sports which use the wind (apart from sailing):

Fictional sports

Miscellaneous sports

See also

References

  1. How many sports are there in the world?] (Archived July 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine). See ISBN 9780760316825.
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