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90 Examples of Sports

 , updated on December 12, 2023
Sports are competitive physical activities and games. These fulfill the human need for play, physical activity and competition. All sports are potentially competitive. This is the key difference between sports and leisure, recreation or entertainment. As a venue for competition, sports can build life skills. For example, winning may build confidence and losing may build personal resilience. Sports can also build a sense of sportsmanship, camaraderie, shared experience and community. The following are common examples of sports.
American Football
Archery
Arm Wrestling
Auto Racing
BMX
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Bobsledding
Bodyboarding
Bowling
Boxing
Canoeing
Capture the Flag
Competitive Dancing
Cricket
Cross-country Skiing
Curling
Cycling
Diving
Dodgeball
Dragon Boat Racing
Electronic Sports
Esports
Field Hockey
Figure Skating
Fishing
Footbag (Hacky Sack)
Football (Soccer)
Frisbee
Gliding
Golf
Gymnastics
Hang Gliding
Hide and Seek
Hiking
Horse Racing
Ice Fishing
Ice Hockey
Inline Skating
Kayaking
Keep Away
Lacrosse
Logrolling
Luge
Martial Arts
Miniature Golf
Mountaineering
Outrigger Canoeing
Paragliding
Parkour
Pickleball
Polo
Racquetball
Rafting
Ringette
Rock Climbing
Roller Derby
Roller Skating
Rowing
Rugby
Running
Sailing
Skateboarding
Skydiving
Snorkelling
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Squash
Street Hockey
Sumo
Surfing
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tag
Tennis
Tobogganing
Track & Field
Trampolining
Triathlon
Ultimate Frisbee
Unicycling
Volleyball
Wakesurfing
Walking
Water Polo
Weightlifting
Windsurfing
Wood Chopping
Wrestling

Team Sports

Team sports are competitive games played by opposing groups of players known as teams. Teams commonly represent nations, cities or schools and create a feeling of pride, loyalty, fellowship and common purpose.

Individual Sports

Competitive individual athletic activities that can cultivate self-reliance, skill mastery, high performance and independence.

Water Sports

Sports that take place in oceans, lakes, rivers, pools and other water environments.

Winter Sports

Sports that take place in cold environments.

Adventure Sports

Sports are viewed as a form of adventure, exploration and calculated risk taking. These often take place in natural environments such as oceans and mountains but include modern urban pursuits such as parkour.

Spectator Sports

Sports that draw large audiences such that they represent a major form of culture and entertainment.

Notes

Sports may be conducted in a non-competitive way such as a runner who only seeks enjoyment from a run.
The process of improving at sports such as knowledge of performance and knowledge of results can be applied to any pursuit.
Overview: Sports
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Competitive physical activities and games.
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