The weather’s nice and it’s time to go outside to try some new things. With everyone arguing over what’s the best activity, let’s take a look at some of the greatest fictional sports. There are plenty of fun ideas originating from books, movies, and television shows to inspire a new type of sport. In fact, some of them have made the jump from fiction to reality due to the growing popularity.
Of course, the first thing that springs to mind is Quidditch. Originating from the infamous Harry Potter books and movies, Quidditch is played on broomsticks. Unfortunately, players will never get the real experience of being able to fly but fans have created their own version. Affectionately called “Muggle Quidditch,” the sport involves players holding onto a broomstick while being played. On a hockey rink sized field (although the game can be adapted to smaller size), two teams of seven are formed with three chasers, two beaters, one keeper, and one seeker.
Quidditch is one of the few fictional sports to become an international sensation. The IQA, or International Quidditch Association, is the only official organization to monitor the growing sport around the world. They help organize national groups and host a variety of tournaments including the IQA World Cup, European Games, as well as both the European and Asian Quidditch Cups. In fact, it’s gotten so large there’s been talk of Quidditch eventually joining the Olympics considering how much it grows every year.
BASEketball might not be as big of a hit as Quidditch, but it’s still garnered a bit of a following. Out of all the fictional sports, it’s one of the few to be integrated into college intramural activities. Originating from the cult hit, BASEketball, the game ultimately combines H-O-R-S-E and baseball. There isn’t much running involved, which makes it an easy sport for anyone to get into. However, the best part of BASEketball is playing defense because it’s where the fun lies. The defensive players are expected to psych out the opposition in any way possible. Hijinks which ensue are typically hilarious because the defense is allowed to utilize any kind of prop to make their best distraction. Of course, the only drawback is that requirement of a basketball hoop, however, most people can find a friend with one.
Perhaps one of the most underrated fictional sports hails from a popular comic strip: Calvin & Hobbes. Calvinball is both created by and named after the titular character, Calvin, in one of the greatest games in history. There’s only rule in Calvinball: Never play the same game twice. Yes, that’s right, the sport changes for every single game.
“Other kids’ games are such a bore!
They gotta have rules and they gotta keep score!
Calvinball is better by far!
It’s never the same! It’s always bizarre!
You never need a team or a referee!
You know that it’s great, ’cause it’s named after me!”
The quote above is Calvin gleefully singing about his favorite game of all time. Since there are no rules to Calvinball, it’s easy to adapt to any playing environment. Of course, comic readers know Calvin and Hobbes like to wear masks while playing and typically make the goal of the game involve flags. Yet, there’s no way to keep score so the only intent of playing is to simply have fun. This is the perfect game for people who are interested in a good time with their friends that don’t involve any winning or losing.
As the weather gets nicer, it’s time for people to go outside and try something new. Whether it’s one of the fictional sports listed above, or just a good old-fashioned regular game, it’s always nice to enjoy the weather. However, sometimes football or basketball can get old or people can’t find enough players to partake in a game. Luckily, the fictional sports listed above are exciting alternatives that will give a group of friends a fun afternoon. With plenty of states now implementing Quidditch teams, or a few BASEketball followers still gathering players together there’s a chance you’ll find something new to enjoy. Then again, there’s always Calvinball which is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone interested in playing.