There are a number of other team sports that can be played in the
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.
information on each of these games, and others such as wargaming and
paintball, can be obtained from the specialist organisations
Competitions usually play an important part in the local sport.
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/
Cartier International Polo Magazine
Paintball Games International
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
Consult books or magazines
on different types of team games.
Check in your local library/paper
or sports centre for more information.
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
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
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