Indoor sports are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Not only are they enjoyed by sportsmen but they are also growing into a family orientated form of exercise. There are now several indoor sports clubs throughout Australia.
As an example, let’s take a look at indoor soccer. For starters, it can be played throughout the year, with no fear of rain or gale winds interfering with the game. This exhilarating sport is the ideal exercise ‘fix’ for parents and their children. Over the years, the game has been modified in order to allow it to be enjoyed on a simply designed indoor court. The game is easy to play, but specific rules should be respected, especially if a team wants to play against other members.
Women and girls can also play indoor soccer, but if that is not their scene, there is always indoor netball to get them into an energetic mood. Some people are put off playing the game because they think that they have to be at a certain standard. This is not the case. This is especially true for parents and their children. Although it used to be identified as a woman’s sport, it has recently gained popularity as a mixed sport. Yes! Men do enjoy the game of netball too. Instead of cheering on their wives, sisters and girlfriends, the males are beginning to join their families and friends on the indoor netball courts.
If indoor netball sounds like an attractive idea, the rules are simple to follow. Each team is made up of seven players, although some clubs have six players a side. Furthermore, in order to keep strength levels on an even keel, a mixed team is only allowed to have up to three males. When a match takes place, the game is divided into four quarters, each consisting of ten minutes. Additional players are permitted to play as substitutes, but only at the end of each quarter. The game is especially enjoyed by those who enjoy non-contact sports as the players must not touch or get too close to the team member who is holding the ball during play.
Indoor handball is another game that attracts families and mixed players. Each team comprises five players plus three substitutes. Again, no more than three male players are permitted to play at a time. Indoor handball is sometimes mistakenly viewed as a fairly modern game. Surprisingly, the first world championship for indoor handball took place in 1938. To date, these championships have always been won by European countries, with Sweden having won the most gold, silver and bronze medals. An Australian team now also competes in the world championships, but they haven’t been too successful. Perhaps with more youngsters taking up the sport, the results will eventually improve.
There are other sports that can be played on indoor courts. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Instead of watching others enjoying indoor sports, join a team or, even better, encourage your family to take up an indoor activity at a sports club.
There might be some truth in that much used expression, ‘the family who plays together, stays together”.