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New Sports Let Everybody Play

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Creators of sports like Wiffle hurling and Mojo Kickball (TM) believe the new games can level the playing field between athletes and non-athletes. (Courtesy of Tsubasa Berg)

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In an "aesthletic" sport, fun and spectacle are supposed to outweigh competition. (Courtesy of Tsubasa Berg)

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After being rejected from an Irish hurling squad because it was deemed too dangerous for a newcomer, Tom Russotti decided to play his own gentler version-- with Wiffle bats. (Courtesy of Tsubasa Berg)

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Wiffle hurlers are required to wear uniforms provided by the game's inventor. (Courtesy of Tsubasa Berg)

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New sports like "Wiffle hurling," "Mojo Kickball," and street bicycle polo are designed for players who may otherwise never play team sports-- or even exercise. They emphasize improvisation and spectacle over competition. Creators and participants in these games say they don't want to see their sports become more organized-- and therefore more competitive. But sports historians say sports are necessarily competitive, or else they'll never catch on. Can new sports survive without a cutthroat element?


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