Hybrid sport

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A korfball match in the Netherlands between 'Trekvogels' and 'OZC'

A hybrid sport is one which combines two or more (often similar) sports in order to create a new sport, or to allow meaningful competition between players of those sports.

The most popular hybrid sport in terms of attendance and television viewers is international rules football.

Active sports

  • Chess boxing – a hybrid sport which combines the sport of boxing with games of chess in alternating rounds. Chess boxing fights have been organized since early 2003. The sport was started when Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh, inspired by fictional descriptions of the sport in the writing of Enki Bilal, organized actual matches. The sport has become increasingly popular since then. To succeed players must be both skilled chess players and skilled boxers.
  • Composite rules shinty-hurling – The Irish sports of hurling or camogie combined with the Scottish sport of shinty.
  • Korfball – several claims that it was developed as a hybrid of netball and basketball to enable play between teams of mixed gender. Despite the origins of korfball, today it does facilitate exactly that purpose.
  • Kronum – A hybrid of handball, soccer, basketball and rugby played on a circular field.
  • Tennis Polo - a field sport where goalkeepers with tennis racquets defending soccer goals attempt to stop field players from using a tennis ball to score.

Inactive sports