5 crazy amateur sports

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The following is a guest article by Rainier Fuclan.

We all dream of being a professional sports star one day, then a lifetime of disappointment and wedgies from actual athletes makes us realize our strengths in more rewarding pursuits like Sudoku puzzles or snarky Internet articles. Even the laziest of amateur sports, like the World Beard and Mustache Competition or the Air Guitar Championship require years of dedication or a complete lack of self-respect to compete in. Luckily, there are plenty of other amateur sports out there that you can try and ultimately fail at.


Bossaball match
By Pedroromero2 at Wikipedia. CC-BY-SA 2.0

Bossaball is an unholy mix of basketball, volleyball and the Brazilian martial art capoeira, with trampolines and an inflatable court thrown in for good measure. Developed in 2004 by some Spanish dudes who were way into Slamball and the Top Gun volleyball scene, bossaball has spread to a few countries but is largely played in Spain and Brazil.

How it works:

Playing on the (heavily patented) inflatable bossaball court, teams of 3-5 players are allowed 6 touches before a striker launches himself off the trampoline to strike the ball at the opposing team. Players can hit the ball with any part of their body, with one of the most popular finishing moves being the soccer-style bicycle kick. Due to the magic of trampolines, even the most ungainly of Lionel Messi-wannabes can experience the joy of kicking a ball over a net before landing horribly on their necks.