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Sports That Don't Use a Ball

How many of these sports can you list, based on the clues given?
Quiz by CBTemple
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Last updated: January 25, 2013
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Description
Sport
Stones, ice and brooms
Curling
Put the biscuit in the basket
Hockey
Backstroke, breaststroke etc...
Swimming
Jesse Owens' forte
Track and Field
Robin Hood's favorite activity
Archery
Win by pin
Wrestling
Uses a shuttlecock
Badminton
Win by points, TKO, or KO
Boxing
Sport played in British pubs
Darts
Skimming on the snow or water
Skiing
Description
Sport
Cliff-jumping, refined
Diving
America's Cup event
Sailing
A peregrine will come in handy
Falconry
Sport recently banned in England
Fox Hunting
Gabby Douglas's sport
Gymnastics
Golf, but not with a ball
Disc Golf
Played with an epee
Fencing
Chasing the checkered flag
Auto Racing
Uses a half-pipe and ramps
Skateboarding
The hippie version of football?
Ultimate
101 Recent Comments
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Level 77
Jan 25, 2013
Can you please accept falconing instead of falconry? If you Google falconing you will see plenty of hits for the sport.
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Level 79
Aug 17, 2017
Because it says "showing results for falconry" the proper term.
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Level 25
Jan 25, 2013
That fact that people consider hunting any animal a sport nowadays is...somewhat troubling.
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Level 62
Sep 19, 2015
Agreed.
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2013
Added Falconing and Snowboarding.
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Level 48
Jan 25, 2013
Hunting isn't accepted for Fox Hunting??
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Level 83
Nov 19, 2015
But hunting is still allowed in England, just not of foxes.
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Level 79
Nov 3, 2017
Isn't the UK overrun with foxes? Maybe they should bring it back.
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Level 48
Mar 27, 2018
The UK is also overrun with people, perhaps we should hunt them instead! :-)
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Level 27
Dec 25, 2023
can you accept hunting for fox hunting please
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Level 32
Jan 26, 2013
The diving clue can also refer to BASE Jumping, and for the hockey clue, all I could think of was Easter egg hunting...
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Level 62
Mar 19, 2015
I thought of base jumping, bungee jumping, rappelling -- it's a very vague clue.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
Agreed, almost everything comes to mind besides flying. Even after seeing the answer I dont associate diving with cliffs.. but with water. Usually diving of a cliff is a kind of fatal thing..i tried basejumping, bungeejumping paragliding, hangglidig, and several others
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Level 62
Sep 19, 2015
yeah, I typed in base jumping as well..'wingsuit' base jumping is another one-- fascinating to watch but incredibly dangerous IMO.
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Level 62
May 16, 2016
Yeah, I tried base jumping. Only got diving by guessing random sports. It's a terrible clue.
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Level 76
Aug 17, 2017
I'm Canadian and have been playing hockey since (well, as with many, I have no conscious memory of ever having not played hockey)... I have also watched tons of hockey all my life. And I have never heard "biscuit in the basket" until right now. Maybe this is some particular announcer's catch phrase?
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2017
that surprises me, I'm a canadian who plays hockey and I hear that phrase all the time
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2017
I never even noticed the clue, since I typed hockey right away before reading any of the clues. That one is... odd, to be sure. I don't think I would have gotten it based on the clue.
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Level 7
Jan 26, 2013
Cheese Rolling is also a sport that was recently banned in England....

Although I guess it depends on what you count as "recently"

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Level 64
Jun 21, 2013
That's what I thought it was as well!
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2013
So was dogfighting, which was my first guess.
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Level 22
Jan 10, 2014
is cheese rolling what it sounds like it is?
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2014
Yep - exactly what it sounds like. A 9lb wheel of cheese is rolled down a hill and a mass of people chase after it.

Google Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling.

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Level 32
Feb 3, 2013
I did terribly, as anticipated.
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Level 65
Feb 4, 2013
The clue for darts is misleading in that it makes you think the british version is called something different than the American version. The clue should probably be worded as "pubs and bars" instead of "british pubs"
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Level 44
Jul 22, 2013
What about thoroughbred racing.
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Level 67
Jul 22, 2013
I got confused between boxing and wrestling. Good quiz though.
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2017
LOL
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Level 84
Apr 8, 2014
Rhythmic gymnastics does use a ball. You may wish to specify artistic gymnastics.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
There's balls in wrestling too...
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Level 73
Apr 30, 2014
"Hockey" is played around the world on a field and definitely uses a ball. "Ice Hockey" is played in North America and parts of eastern Europe and uses a puck
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Level 43
Jun 6, 2014
Wiki says "Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey[1]) is generally referred to simply as hockey."
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Level 83
Sep 10, 2016
But seeing as this is an international website, it should specify ice hockey.
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Level 58
Jun 8, 2017
Should specify which version of hockey in the answer, just for clarity's sake if nothing else.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2017
Since the quiz is "Sports that don't use a ball," if you are aware that ice hockey is a thing that exists, you can infer that the quiz is asking for that particular kind of hockey.
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Level 67
Jun 6, 2014
When I think of darts I think of it traditionally being a sport played in British pubs. I think it is coincidental that all these other countries have it, when it started as a British thing.
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Level 33
Jun 6, 2014
Archery and Hunting, Same thing
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Level 83
Oct 18, 2015
Because shooting a target is definitely hunting. And because hunters still use longbows instead of guns.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
*Sees a board with a bullseye get animated and run away..*
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Level 86
Jul 28, 2014
I have never heard of disc golf or ultimate and I don't think fox hunting and falconry can be called "sports". On the other hand, cycling should definitely be featured in such a quiz.
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Level 72
Dec 24, 2016
Yeah, no idea what Disc Golf or Ultimate are. I assume they are either sports not played in Britain or they are just very obscure.
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Level 68
May 31, 2023
We have several parks in my city in NZ with disc golf targets, and my son played in inter-school Ultimate frisbee tournaments (several a year) at high school.
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Level 48
Aug 4, 2014
disc golf is also frisbee golf..
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Level 48
Aug 12, 2014
What about rowing?
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2014
couldn't believe that 'Sword fencing' was not allowed, my mate has a farm and spends most of his time 'Fencing' and has never seen a sword!
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2014
Auto racing is not a sport. It takes skill, sure, but driving doesn't qualify you as an athlete.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
Killing an animal does?
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Level 21
Nov 4, 2014
you should add rowing :)
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Level 69
Nov 16, 2014
won't accept car racing
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Level 53
Jan 17, 2015
My first try, before even reading the clues, was "american football", I don't know why...
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Level 75
Feb 13, 2015
please accept pin the tail on the donkey for win by pin
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Level 58
Apr 16, 2015
May as well. It's as much a sport as Falconry.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
It is where I put darts...
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Level 27
Mar 4, 2015
"Boating" for sailing?
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Level 58
Apr 16, 2015
Falconry is not a sport. Sorry.
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Level 83
Apr 16, 2017
It probably is for the falcons.
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Level 81
Jul 9, 2024
Fox hunting isn't a sport.
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Level 55
Apr 23, 2015
"Motorsport" should be accepted for auto racing, and "athletics" for track and field
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Level 38
Jul 6, 2015
I put in shooting and arching for Robin hood's activity, as i have been recently reading the Ranger's Apprentice series, where the group the books are about, are archers and they do use the term arching!
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Level 38
Jul 6, 2015
Could the clue: Win by pin be changed to either: Win by A pin or: Win by pinNING. Thxs
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Level 66
Jul 25, 2015
As someone said above, the diving clue is really vague. Maybe either allow BASE jumping or change the clue to something like "Plummeting off a springboard"?
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2015
You forgot American Football, also known as Hand Egg *grabs popcorn*
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Level 50
Oct 29, 2015
Posh people chasing defenceless animals and letting their hounds tear it apart is not a sport.
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Level 56
Feb 18, 2016
Could not have said it better myself!
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Level 89
Jul 20, 2019
Hear, hear! (From an Englishman)
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Level 55
Feb 5, 2016
what about rugby?
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Level 56
Feb 18, 2016
What would you call the object they throw and catch?!
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2017
Egg.
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Level 56
Feb 18, 2016
And as always with sport quizzes, I take issue with the inclusion of darts. The OED defines sport as 'an activity involving physical exertion and skill'. Granted, darts is a skillful pastime, but where is the exertion?
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Level 63
Aug 11, 2016
Are you referring to the Oxford Dictionary? I don't think a dictionary should be used to define things. It just explains them. Wikipedias source of definition (Sport Accord international sports federations) lists these categories for sports: Primarily physical, primarily mind, primarily motorised, primarily coordination and primarily animal-supported. That's why chess for example is considered a Sport (primarily mind) too.
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Level 72
Dec 24, 2016
I agree with you in reagrds to darts. But can you not say the same for a lot of "sports"? Golf for a start. Yes, the real top players are fantastic athletes but would anyone argue John Daly, Colin Montgomery and Darren Clarke were athletes? Then there's Miguel Angel Jiminez, who 'warms up' by doing a few gentle stretches whilst smoking a cigar!

The definition of what is and isn't required for something to be a sport is pretty subjective. One person's sport is another person's pass-time (or waste of time lol).

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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
You do often see them sweat ;)
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Level 4
Aug 27, 2016
never heard of ultimate or falconry
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Level 4
Aug 27, 2016
and what about bmx?
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Level 24
Feb 9, 2017
The clue "Win by points, TKO, or KO" could also apply to MMA fighting as well as boxing. I almost missed that one because I forgot about boxing tbh (because IMHO MMA is better. XD)
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2017
What?!! No buzkashi???!!!
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Level 85
May 24, 2017
The only hint you're going to give me is "Gabby Douglas's sport"? Seriously?
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Level 51
Jun 6, 2017
Hockey is played with a ball. Ice hockey should be the answer.
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Level 43
Aug 16, 2017
What no competitive eating
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2017
Equestrian sports? Also, should accept "foxhunt".
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2017
I thought win by a pin was bowling.
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2017
Missing even some of the classic olympic sports, such as javelin, discus, long jump, high jump, pole vault. We had to do most of those at school, also shot-put but it has kind of a ball. More like a cannon ball.
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2017
How about bull fighting? or jai alai?
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Level 58
Aug 17, 2017
Probably need to add cycling, hint could be Tour De France
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Level 32
Nov 2, 2017
yeah cycling
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Level 62
Dec 29, 2017
Lance Armstrong uses one ball
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Level 21
Nov 2, 2017
How about esports?
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Level 64
Nov 3, 2017
Couldn't abseiling also be considered "refined jumping off a cliff?"
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Level 69
Nov 26, 2017
In UK hockey is played on a field with a ball.
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2017
Agree, ice hockey yes but hockey No.

Don't set me off about Fox Hunting being referred to as a sport.....I think the term becomes blood sport. Not sure where the skill comes into it? Horse riding is the limit of skill involved.

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Level 50
Dec 22, 2017
I'd like to point out that there are several variations of fencing, only one of which uses an epee. Other version of the sport include foil and sabre, both of which use the eponymous swords. There might be a better clue for those who aren't familiar with epee fencing.
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Level 51
Jun 6, 2018
No horse racing?
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2018
Few that could be added: Rowing, Dancing/ballet, Cycling, Javelin, Long Jump, Vaulting, Equestrian, Sumo.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2018
Disagree with dancing (sure there are competitions, but there are yodel competitions aswell ;) ). But I miss surfing on this.
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Level 37
Jun 4, 2021
You should add rowing maybe
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Level 71
Sep 14, 2021
Fox hunting isn't a sport it's a disgusting bourgeois ritual
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Level 70
Oct 11, 2021
The "auto racing" answer is a bit restrictive. I tried things like "motor sports" which weren't granted but I don't think I've ever actually heard anyone use the term "auto racing".
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Level 90
Mar 17, 2022
Add ferret-legging
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Level 62
May 1, 2022
Hippy Football could also be Hacky Sack.
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Level 83
Sep 15, 2022
That was my first guess and in a literal sense is more appropriate as it involves hitting the object with feet
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Level 83
Sep 15, 2022
I think the gymnastics clue can be made more inclusive. You've either heard of the person or not, and there's no way to reason your way to the answer aside from guessing a bunch of ball-less sports.

Something like "includes rings, vault, and parallel bars" or some variation thereof might be an improvement.