Sports (often spelt as sports) can be broadly classified into two major categories, the competitive and the non-competitive. Generally, sports (or physical games) is any forms of generally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, attempt to utilize, improve or build physical power and capabilities while providing entertainment to competitors, and occasionally, spectators, for reasons of entertainment. This includes physical contact games such as football, ice-skating, wrestling, boxing, wrestling, basketball and softball as well as non-contact games like gardening, horseback riding, swimming and skating. A wide range of games can be played by humans and animals alike, both in a competitive and non-competitive setting.
Sports can be broadly divided into three main categories: contact sports which includes boxing, wrestling, basketball, softball; endurance sports which includes sprinting, running, cycling and swimming; skill-based sports which includes tennis, golf, hockey and soccer; fitness-based sports which includes fencing, gymnastics and rowing. The most common types of recreational and athletic sports are generally contact, skill and fitness based sports, though there are some exceptions. For example, diving, surfing and wakeboarding are essentially activities carried out underwater. Other kinds of outdoor sports include mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, skiing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skydiving, bungee jumping, wakeboarding, rock climbing and snowboarding. A number of outdoor activities that fall into this category may also be conducted indoors on a temporary basis.
There are many benefits of engaging in any one of these broad categories of sports. Not only can people get the opportunity to participate in physical activities, but there are also numerous health benefits to be derived from these kinds of sports, particularly if they are pursued on a regular basis. The main physical activities related to these sports tend to be strength based and involve considerable repetitive strain.
Darts is an example of a sport in which the player is using their own body weight as the force behind a ball launched from a particular direction. This sport can be regarded as both a mental and physical challenge and involves great agility and physical stamina. While playing darts, the players must have excellent control of the speed at which they dart.
One other example of an indoor sport requiring the player’s physical prowess is billiards. Billiards is a sport that involves a paddle and balls. It is a game of chance and relies on physical ability rather than luck, although some sports rely more on skill than chance. Sports games include activities such as snooker, billiards, table tennis, squash and cricket. Cricket is a widely played and acknowledged sport, although it is a relatively young game.
Many of the above-described sports can be quite enjoyable, although many do require certain skills and concentration. This is another reason why parents should help encourage young people to develop sports skills and try different sports so that they develop enough physical activity and skill to enjoy throughout life. The more enjoyable a sport is for young people, the more likely they are to use it in various situations. As sports become more popular, opportunities to play these sports outside the home will become more widespread.