Index: Sports

  • Mesoamerican Pelota Purépecha

    Pelota purépecha was a Mesoamerican ball sport with great similarity to field hockey, sometimes played with a ball lit on fire.

  • Mongolian Beikou (Daur Hockey)

    Daur hockey is a millennium-old sport from northern China. Historically, players used rough tree branches and a piece of apricot root to play.

  • Native American Chunkey

    Chunkey was a Native American sport that involved rolling a small circular stone and trying to land a long pole near its final resting place.

  • Native American Shinny (Hockey)

    Shinny is a term usually used to refer to a sport comparable to hockey or lacrosse, played by Native American and Canadian First Nations tribes.

  • Roman Harpastum (Ball Game)

    Roman harpastum was a combination of American football and keep-away. It was a fairly violent sport, with elements from wrestling incorporated.

  • Scottish Shinty

    Shinty is a Scottish ball game with ancient Gaelic roots. This dangerous sport has characteristics similar to soccer, hockey, and baseball.

  • The Mesoamerican Ball Game

    The Mesoamerican ball game was a wildly popular – and deadly – spectator sport played among many Mesoamerican societies throughout millennia.

  • Welsh Bando (Field Hockey)

    Bando is a Welsh hockey sport that was wildly popular in its past. It was even responsible for a level of deforestation in 18th century Wales.

  • Welsh Cnapan (Medieval Football)

    Cnapan was a massive, chaotic ball sport played in Wales as early as the Dark Ages. Games had up to 2,000 players, both on foot and horseback.