10 Oddball Sports to Play in Metro Phoenix

Futsal is a version of soccer that uses a smaller, indoor court.
Futsal is a version of soccer that uses a smaller, indoor court.

Overshadowed by their more mainstream counterparts (we're looking at you, football), there are plenty of less-known sports out there. And not only are they out there, but many of them have competitive leagues right here in Arizona. We like to call them the oddballs. From variations on horseshoes to water polo played with inner tubes, these sports offer fun and sometimes funny ways to pass the time.

Here are 10 oddball sports and where to play them in the Phoenix area.

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10. Futsal

Futsal is a version of soccer that is played with five players on each team on a smaller, indoor court. While it may look a lot like soccer, there are several differences in the rules, including 20-minute halves, not 45, and that the ball is kicked in, instead of thrown.

There are several leagues in Arizona, many of which will be holding tryouts within the coming weeks, including Arizona Futsal, which has teams in the greater Phoenix area and Arizona Premier Futsal, which plays at the Atkinson Pavilions.

9. Squash

Squash is a racquet sport played by two or four players who take turns hitting a ball against a wall and other areas of a court, kind of like a combination of tennis and badminton. The first player to get 11 points wins the game.

There are several courts in Phoenix at fitness clubs and resorts, including at the Village Health Clubs and Spas which host annual tournaments such as the Arizona Squash Open. There are courts at both the Gainey and DC Ranch locations in North Scottsdale that can be reserved. They also have an Interclub Challenge that plays on the third Saturday of every month.

8. Dodgeball

With competitive leagues and competitions, dodgeball is no longer just a sport played in school gym classes. Phoenix Dodgeball, which practices at the Kiwanis Recreation Center in Tempe, provides multiple options for those who want to participate in the sport, including a social league and a competitive league. The social league has a different theme each time, with the one currently in progress themed around Star Wars. Teams have names based on Star Wars characters, and there are trivia nights every odd week of play. The competitive league plays every Sunday for 10 weeks beginning in August and teams and players have until Friday, July 24, to register. Teams can be registered by their captain through the Phoenix Dodgeball website. Individuals can also register as freelance agents and will not be charged until they are placed on a team. The registration fee varies depending on the type of team and player.

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