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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.