Everyone is familiar with common sports like basketball, hockey, football, baseball etc. but men have been creating unique competitive sports for thousands of years as a (relatively) safe way to prove one man's superiority to his peers. Whether team sports or solo competitions sporting competitions are ultimately far superior for society than constantly fighting our battles in hand to hand combat. Let's take a look at some interesting and unique competitive sports that you might never have considered before.
One of the fun things about these sports is that you'll notice a trend where popular core concepts are adapted and turned into something more extreme. Humans tend to like experiencing different things to keep them mentally stimulated and intellectually satisfied. As a result we often take a basic idea like running a race and turn it into something crazy like a Wife Carrying Competition.
Others come out of necessity such as how flag football avoids most heavy injury risk, while some like curling were created for god knows what reason aside from two guys that were bored one night looking for something to do with the stones sitting on the edge of a frozen lake.
Let's take a look at some fun unique competitive sports that you can try yourself.
Frisbee golf is a great option if you are looking for more casual play and love the wide open nature of golf. Don't worry though, while there are plenty of casual players ... Frisbee Golf has become very competitive and there are many dedicated courses established across the world.
Among the sports we've featured on this page, Axe throwing is probably one of the easiest to understand and practice since it is simply taking an axe and hurling it towards a target. Axe sizes can range from simple camp-style hatchets to full sized wood chopping beasts. Scoring is simple and works just like darts and archery. While you can go out in the forest and simply throw axes at random trees (don't hurt trees please), there are plenty of places check out axe throwing at organized clubs that offer league play as well as for individual events.
Imagine a cross between waterskiing and slalom skiing where you are pulled behind a horse - and sometimes other animals such as dogs. Along the way, the skier goes through a series of gates and jumps. This sport originated in Scandinavia but is now popular in the United States as well.
Clearly the origin of this one is from the popular JK Rowling novels and subsequent Harry Potter series of movies. While us muggles don't have the ability to fly, this organized game is a mixture of rugby, dodgeball, and handball where players ride a broom between their legs and chase the "golden snitch" dressed in yellow who runs around the field - and off. Beyond that, the game is very similar to what you might have seen in the movies!
Imagine a cross between volleyball and soccer where players compete to kick a ball over a low net using their feet and other parts of their body - except hands or arms. This game traces its origins to Southeast Asia but we think it looks like a lot of fun.
It's like regular street hockey but instead of rollerblades ... players ride around on unicycles trying to get the ball into the net!
We hope this blog post has convinced you that competitive sports can be just as fun and meaningful for adults, especially men who enjoy the thrill of competition. Whether it's a unique sport like Axe Throwing or Skijoring, we're sure there is something out there to interest even the most active person in your life.