Alternative

Alternative and X-Games include Alternative Sports such as Ultimate (Frisbee), Roller Derby, Quidditch and Dodgeball; Team Combat Sports such as Jugger, Paintball, Airsoft and Laser Tag;

Flying Disc Sports

There are two main Frisbee or Flying Disc sports played in Ireland – Ultimate: a team game whereby the objective is to pass the disc into an endzone in your opponents half and catch it without it touching the ground. The second is Disc Golf: similar to Golf but the player must get the disc into a basket in as few throws as  possible, with a course in Co. Wicklow.

below you will find links to the Results and Tables of various Flying Disc sports in Ireland:

World Flying Disc Federation:

World Flying Disc Federation | Dublin Golden Cup 2014-2018

European Ultimate Federation:

European Ultimate Federation | European Ultimate Championship Finals 2016

Irish Flying Disc Association – Irish Ultimate Leagues & Championships:

IFDA | Irish Ultimate League 2017

Irish Flying Disc Association | All-Ireland Women’s Indoor Ultimate Championships 2018

Irish Flying Disc Association: Dublin Ultimate Leagues:

IFDA | Dublin Winter Indoor Women’s Ultimate League 2017

Irish Flying Disc Association | Dublin Winter Indoor Mixed Ultimate League 2017

Irish Flying Disc Association | Schools:

Irish Flying Disc Association | Schools All-Ireland Ultimate Chhampionships 2008-2015

Quidditch

Quidditch is a team sport based on the sport portrayed in the Harry Potter books & films, whereby players on Broomsticks attempt to score through a vertical hoop at either end of the pitch.

Below you will find links to the results & tables of various competitions in Ireland:

Irish Quidditch Cup:

Quidditch Ireland | Irish Quidditch Cup 2019

Roller Derby

Roller Derby, usually only played by Women, is a sport played on Roller Skates, where two teams (called Leagues in Roller Derby), race around an oval track. The object is to score points by overtaking opposition skaters and blocking them also.

Irish Leagues (teams) in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast have been members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association over the past four years. The WFTDA is a Worldwide Governing Body for the sport and organises tournaments worldwide,  with Weighed Rankings kept, and the top Leagues competing in end-of-year tournaments.

Below you will find links to various WFTDA Rankings and Tournaments:

Women’s Flat Track Derby Association:

Women’s Flat Track Derby Association | Irish Ranked Teams 2015-2018

Jugger

Jugger is like a cross between American Football and Medieval Combat. It is a team Sport where the objective is to get a skull from the middle of the field into a zone at the opposing teams end. There are five players on each team, four of whom are paired off fightning each other with padded weapons such as swords.

When a player is ‘killed’ in these fights he has to kneel down and is out of the game for that particular round. The Fifth person is the Qwick. His job is to get the skull from the middle of the field past the opposing Qwick into a zone at their opponents endzone. He can only advance the skull once the other teams fighters are all dead. The team which scores the most skull touchdowns is the winner.

Below you will find links to Tournaments involving Irish Teams:

Season 2015

Jugger | Mile High International 2015

Season 2016

Jugger | Irish International 2016

Jugger | International Tournament of Spain 2016

Jugger | Metallsvenskan Jugger Turnering 2016

Season 2017

Jugger Turniere | Jugger.cz Open 2017

Jugger Turniere | Jarnsvenskan 2017

Season 2019

Jugger Turniere | 3. jugger.cz Open 2019

Paintball

Paintball and Airsoft are Team Combat sports where pellet guns are used to ‘kill’ an opponent.

There are usually a number of objectives to be met i each game, which can score points for the team completing the objective. The sport is usually played in a number of scenarios such as World War II Village, Desert Town, Woodlands, Wild West etc.

The main difference in the guns used are paint guns for Paintball and Woodsball, and hard pellets for Airsoft.

Paintball was invented in New England, USA and Airsoft in Japan.

Below you will find links to various tournaments and leagues in these sports:

Paintball

Millennium European Paintball Series (Seasons):

2015

Irish Paintball League (Overviews):

Irish Paintball League 2008-2010

Irish Paintball League (Seasons):

2008 2009 2010

Woodsball

Irish Woodsball League (Seasons):

2010 2011 2012

Laser Tag

Laser Tag games were invented in Texas, USA, and the most recognizable to Irish readers would be Quasar.

The sport is one where two teams engage each other in combat in an indoor arena using Laser Guns.

Points are scored for ‘killing’ an opponent and meeting objectives such as capturing bases.

Below you will find links to various Tournaments held in Ireland, or involving Irish Teams and Players:

Quasar

Quasar Stats | Team Rankings | End of 2017

Quasar Stats | UK & Ireland Tournament | Whitstable 17 March 2018

Surfing

European Surfing Championships

European Surfing Championships (Seasons):

Lahinch, Ireland 1972

European Surfing Championships Juniors (Seasons):

Lahinch, Ireland 1972

Irish Surfing Association

Irish Surfing | Roll of Honour:

Irish Surfing Association Intercounties Champions 1968-Present

Irish Surfing Association Men’s Champions 1967-Present

Irish Surfing Association Women’s Champions 1981-Present

Irish Surfing Association | Intercounty Championships (Seasons):

1968

Computer Games

Computer sports include Capture the Flag (an Ethical Hacking Computer Sport), Robot Football (teams of motorized robots shunt a ball around an Arena towards goals at either end). Console Games (X-Box and Playstation Sports games such as Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer). Fantasy Sports (where players draft real players in a League, and score points based on how well they perform in real matches). Simulation games (where the information for players is inputted into a computer and then a Computer User v Computer User Simulation takes place).

Capture the Flag

ctftime-flat-logo-true

CTF Time Logo [Ref: 1]

About Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag is Information Security Competitions, a kind of Sport for Computer Combat.

There are three common types of CTF Competitions: Jeopardy, Attack-Defense, and Mixed.

Jeopardy Competitions have a number of Tasks (questions) such as Web, Forensic, Crypto or Binary. Teams gain points for completed tasks, the harder the task, the more points.

Attack-Defense is another scenario, whereby teams have their own network (or only one host) with vulnerable services. Teams have a time limit for developing services and developing exploits. Then the organisers connect the competitors and the Wargame starts. Points are gained for Defense (protecting own services) and Attack (hacking opponents services).

Mixed employ both Jeopardy and Attack-Defense scenarios.

Capture the Flag games touch on a number of different aspects of information security, such as Cryptography, Stego, Binary Analysis, Reverse Engineering and Mobile Security.

CTF Time:

Capture the Flag CTF Time 2014-2019

References

Images

[1] CTF Time (2017) CTF Time Logo [Internet] Available from: https://ctftime.org/static/images/CTFTIME-flat-logo-true.png [Accessed 28 November 2017]

Robot Football

Soccer Robot Games

The USL eCup Rocket League combines Soccer with rocket-propelled cars. Teams use computer-controlled rocket-propelled cars to try to score more goals than their opponents.

United Soccer League eCup Rocket League Edition 2020

Console Sports

Basketball Computer Console Games

National Basketball League 2K League 2018-Present

American Football Computer Console Games

Relocation Football League (Madden NFL) 2016-Present

Relocation Football League Season 5 2033 (Real Time 2020)

MUTHEAD Madden Ultimate Team MHL Season 7 2019

Fantasy Sports

Fantasy Leagues started in Baseball in USA. They were popularised in Britain & Ireland by David Baddiel & David Skinner in their Channel 4 Comedy Programme, Fantasy Football, during the European Championships of 1996, which England hosted.

They all follow a format whereby players pick a squad from real-life players and are awarded points for how those players do in real life matches (i.e. points are awarded for Goals & Assists in Soccer, as well as points deducted for the defensive players letting in goals.)

As well as numerous online Fantasy Leagues run by the Major League sporting organisations and Big English Sports Leagues, Newspapers run their own Fantasy Competitions ranging from Football to Golf.

Below you will find links to the Results of various Fantasy Leagues in Ireland:

Fantasy American Football Leagues

Fantasy American Football (Decade Overviews):

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 1997-2005

Irish Fantasy League of American Football 2006-2015

NFL Fantasy Football | NFL-Ireland 2015-2018

Simulated Sports

Irish American Football Association Simulation:

Madden NFL | Irish American Football League | Shamrock Bowl XXII Simulation