How to Invent a Sport

Have you always wanted to make your own sport, with your own rules? This article will tell you how!

Steps

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    Decide what kind of sport you want. Is it played in water? On a field? Is it about accuracy or about speed? Is it an individual sport or a team sport? All these things are key when it comes to making your sport.
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    Pick a name for your sport. It shouldn't be complicated like "insert ridiculous name here Romp," but it shouldn't be lame, either, like "Throwball."
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    Make a design of the field it'll be played in. If it doesn't really matter where it's played, then make sketches of the things that are needed, such as in soccer, all you need are two goals.
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    Come up with basic rules: how many players, objective, how to score/gain points, what the main methods/steps are etc. Be sure all the players have specific jobs, and that each one contributes to the game. Don't make pointless rules, like 'No throwing the ball at another player's face.' Make it more broad, such as 'No physical violence,' and include that under the title rule.
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    Draw the ball/racket/uniforms needed to play your sport. Sports involving balls must have a specific design for the ball. Some sports need specific uniforms. Some have a specific shape of a racket. Be creative in thinking these up!
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    Show the sport to someone else so they can proofread the rules and such, and give you advice to improve or help you with it.
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    Get your sport known: Introduce it to sporting arenas or gyms and find people who would be interested in playing.(If you attend a public school, e-mail other schools to see if they would be interested in including it in extra-curricular activities.)
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    Research. You never know if there is a sport in another country just like the one you're creating. Make sure its original! If you see something similar out there, add a few tweaks to your own sport to make it different. It can be similar, but don't make it too much so.

Tips

  • Make it professional; this will help to attract participants and increase its popularity. Make sure it all makes sense, and that it's realistic enough to be played professionally, even if you never intend for it to be professional. Who knows? Maybe it will someday.
  • Work out all the kinks, because no one will be interested if it is badly planned.
  • Keep persevering; patience pays off.

Warnings

  • If your sport can be dangerous make sure safety equipment(life jackets, harnesses, helmets etc.) are included in the uniform.
  • Make sure your sport is not intentionally violent, unless of course it is very similar to Karate, wrestling, or other sports such as these. Even so, create boundaries for the violence so that death or serious injury shouldn't occur.
  • Don't worry if it gets rejected, because not everyone will like it from the start.

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Categories: Team Sports