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Articles and Basic Information About Non-Scholarship Sports
These sports are played at the club or “intramural” level at most colleges
Dating back almost 2,000 years to a game called battledore and shuttlecock, the sport of badminton can be traced back to ancient Greece, India, and China. In 1877 the Bath Badminton Club was organized, and this club was responsible for writing the first rules for the game. The game’s first tournament was held in 1899 and was the first All-England Championship.
Bodybuilding is a sport where athletes train using free weights and machines in order to target specific muscles. This training tears those muscles down, and then with proper nutrition and rest, the muscles recuperate and grow larger. Bodybuilders compete via displaying their physiques on a stage in front of a panel of judges who award points based on a particular criterion.
Said to be one of the most popular games on the planet, bowls (or lawn bowling) is played by rolling an asymmetrical bowl as close to the jack as possible. The game is played in an outdoor field in most cases, but there are instances where the game is played in an indoor field. In these instances, the field is made of Astroturf. There are clubs for this sport, and the game is open to all levels of experience.
Cricket is a British game that is very similar to our game of baseball. The game is played with a bat and ball, and two teams are involved with 11 players on each team. The game is played on an oval field of play, and a game can be played sometimes over the course of a five-day period without a clear winner.
The sport of orienteering traces its beginnings to the country of Scandinavia, where it was actually a part of that country’s military training. Orienteering or “orientation” was actually a military term that referred to the crossing of an unknown area with the help of a compass. Oslo, Norway was the first place where an orienteering competition was held. The competition was put together by the Tjalve Sports Club, and the course was 19.5km in length and had three control points in a wilderness terrain.
The game of table tennis ranks as the second most popular sport in the world today and is sometimes also referred to as the game of Ping-Pong. It has gained worldwide popularity over the years and has been an official Olympic class event since 1988. The game is played with either two or four players who use table-tennis rackets and hit a small hollow white ball across a regulation table with a net set up across it.