9 Strange American Sports You’ve Never Heard Of

You know, when I think of American sports, the usual suspects come to mind – baseball, basketball, and that crazy game they call football (which isn’t really about feet at all!). But guess what? I’ve been doing some digging, and it turns out the USA has a whole world of weird and wacky sports that most of us have never even heard of.

I’m talking about games that’ll make you go, “Wait, that’s a thing?” I’ve rounded up 9 of the strangest sports from across the pond that’ll have you scratching your head and maybe even wanting to give them a try.


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This game involves throwing bean bags into a hole on a tilted board. It’s popular at backyard parties and tailgates. There are even professional leagues and tournaments. Imagine getting famous for tossing bags of corn!


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It’s like a mix of tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a small court. The name has nothing to do with pickles – it’s named after a dog! It’s becoming very popular, especially with older folks. Who knew you could make a sport by combining bits of other sports?

Roller Derby

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Women on roller skates race around a track and try to knock each other down. It’s fast, rough, and the players have funny nicknames. The crowd gets really into it, cheering for big hits. It’s like rugby on wheels!

Wife Carrying

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Men race while carrying their wives through an obstacle course. The winner gets the wife’s weight in beer. It started as a joke but now has official rules and championships. Who knew marriage could be an endurance sport?

Competitive Eating

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People try to eat huge amounts of food faster than anyone else. There are contests for hot dogs, pies, and even butter! The champions are treated like athletes. It’s the only sport where training makes your stomach bigger, not smaller!

Lawn Mower Racing

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People race riding lawn mowers with their blades removed. There are different classes based on mower speed. It started as a joke but now has a national association. Imagine Grand Prix racing, but much slower and on grass!

Disc Golf

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It’s like regular golf, but players throw flying discs instead of hitting balls. Courses are usually in parks with trees as obstacles. Players use different discs for different ‘shots’. It’s golf for people who think walking is too boring!

Turkey Bowling

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Frozen turkeys are used as bowling balls to knock down bottles or pins. It’s often played in grocery store aisles around Thanksgiving. Some places have banned it because it can be messy. Who needs a bowling alley when you have a frozen bird?


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This sport is played by Afghan-Americans using a headless goat carcass. Players on horseback try to grab the carcass and get it into a goal. It’s incredibly rough and can last for days. Imagine polo, but much more intense and with a very unusual ball!

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Victoria Omololu

Victoria Omololu is a fashionista exploring the world on a budget. She co-founded Only Earthlings in 2023 to show her travels in North America, Europe, Africa, and everywhere else. Victoria loves writing about travel tips, itineraries, packing guides, and taking photography from all over the world.

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