5 Sports You Never Considered To Pick Up As An Adult
You’re a competitive person, but the demands of adult life – work, relationships and all those weekend brunches – have chewed away at the time you used to spend satisfying that competitive edge. The easiest way to scratch that itch should be to lace your boots back up and hit the pitch again, but so many of the sports we used to play are harder to get back into the older we get. How do you get back to playing sport as an adult?
No one wants to spend a Tuesday night at training running suicides on a wet winter soccer pitch just to play a five-minute cameo off the bench come Saturday. On the other hand, no one wants to play against that “social” netball team that actually trains. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom for your sporting career! Once you think outside the box, there great casual sports you can start playing right now to get fit, active, and scratch that competitive itch again.
A quick online search of these sports in your city or state can point you to your closest club. Give them a call or send them an email and soon you’ll be ready to go.
1. Ultimate frisbee
Don’t let the gentle glide of that flying disc fool you. Ultimate Frisbee is a fast paced game that will get your heart rate soaring as you dart around to lose your defender before taking a clean mark of the disc.
The rules are a combination of Netball and NFL where you compete for the frisbee so long as it’s in the air, and a goal is scored by catching the it in the end zone. Learning the forehand throw will be your steepest learning curve coming in, but if you haven’t exercised regularly for a while, prepare to be puffed. There will be other fitness and teamwork elements to improve from there, too.
A few diving goals and big wins will make you feel like it was well worth it.
2. Disc golf
So you the art of throwing a Frisbee captures your imagination, but you want something a little easier on the body? Frisbee golf is just the sport for you.
The aim of the game is to land your disc in the “hole” (actually a big basket) in as few throws as possible. It sounds easy, but curving your disc around a treacherous row of trees takes some skill that will hook you in quick.
Meanwhile, reading the conditions is crucial in ensuring your final putt doesn’t drift away with the wind, and is always down to a bit of luck. To top it all off, Disc Golf lets you enjoy the social side of golf without the financial demands of club fees and, well, actual clubs.
3. Inline hockey
Inline Hockey is growing all across Australia and there’s never been a better time to start. The game is fast but simple: Score more goals than your opponents in two 20-minute halves, go as hard as you can while you’re on the rink because rotations are aplenty, and make sure to pump yourself up before every game with an obligatory Mighty Ducks montage.
This is a little more equipment-intensive than the other sports in this list, but all of it is necessary for your safety on the rink. It’ll be best to rent, borrow, or op-shop around for gear before you know this is the sport for you, and pulling the trigger on your own. On the bright side, once you’re at that point, you know you’ll be sticking around.
It’s lived in the shadow of baseball and cricket for a long time, but softball is fun, easy to learn, and comes with the prospect of magic moments like home-runs, strikeouts, big slides and diving catches.
It’s also one of the more social sports on this list with plenty of time for banter on both sides of the plate – a great option if your words have always been your best athletic trait.
Need we say more? With some slightly abridged rules needed to adapt to, well, reality, Quidditch offers something very similar to the Harry Potter game we fell in love with. Long distance runners can play as Seekers, contact sport lovers will revel as Bludgers, Keepers can take in the new challenge of protecting goals with a broom between their legs, and everybody in between can have a shot at general play as Chasers.
Grab your brooms, brew some butter beer for post-match celebrations, and make your Quidditch World Cup (now actually a real thing) dreams come true.
Eugene is a Chinese-Australian writer based in Melbourne. He is overly emotional about food, has a fear of giant squid, and posts on Instagram @mr.pocari.
Main image: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Heyday Films & Warner Bros. Pictures.