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What is it?

  • There are a number of other team sports that can be played in the UK.  

  • Among the most important are the following, all of which are "stick and ball" games played with a medium sized ball:  the baseball family (including rounders and softball) played with a thin bat;  lacrosse played with a stick with a net on its end; and polo, a game played on horseback with a long mallet.  

  • More detailed information on each of these games, and others such as wargaming and paintball, can be obtained from the specialist organisations listed below.  

  • Competitions usually play an important part in the local sport.

Find out more


British Softball Federation & Baseball Softball UK  www.baseballsoftballuk.com/ 
British Baseball Federation  www.bbf.org/ 

English Lacrosse Association  www.englishlacrosse.co.uk/ 
Hurlingham Polo Association  www.hpa-polo.co.uk/
National Rounders Association  www.nra-rounders.co.uk
English Unihoc Association  www.englishunihoc.cjb.net/

The Lyneham Wargames Club  www.austinpowers.free-online.co.uk/ 
The Paintball Emporium  www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Loge/4039/ 


Lacrosse Talk 
Cartier International Polo Magazine 
Paintball Games International 

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club for the game that interests you (see organisations above).

  • See if there are introductory sessions at your local club or sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of team games.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • All these games are normally played by single sex teams, with lacrosse being more of a game for women in the UK.  They can be played by a wide range of age groups;  polo in particular is a game in which skill as well as physical ability is important. 

  • Most of these games can only be played and even practiced with a group of other people.  Most players join a group or club of some kind and the social aspect of club life can be important.  

  • It is generally better if the people you play with are of roughly the same standard as yourself.  They will not always be of the same age.

Equipment or clothing
  • Lacrosse requires the normal kind of sports shorts and tops while there is special formal clothing for baseball games.  Polo players wear a variant of riding gear.

  • The serious player of all these sport needs special footwear, and the stick or bat plus some protective wear.  

  • All players may require special strip for competitions which may be provided by the club. 

A place or facilities
  • All three groups of other team sports require special pitches or grounds.  

  • There may be facilities for baseball type games and lacrosse attached to schools or sports centres, as well as local clubs.  

  • Polo is very much a minority sport and facilities are mainly available at clubs.

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