Alternative Sports include Ultimate (Frisbee), Roller Derby, Quidditch and Dodgeball; Team Combat Sports such as Jugger, Paintball / Airsoft, Laser Tag (Quasar) and Capture the Flag;
Ultimate – 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:
European Ultimate Federation:
Irish Flying Disc Association – Irish Ultimate Leagues & Championships:
Irish Flying Disc Association: Dublin Ultimate Leagues:
Irish Flying Disc Association | Schools:
Irish Ultimate Teams
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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:
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:
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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:
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Paintball / Airsoft
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 & Woodsball
Millennium European Paintball Series (Seasons):
Irish Paintball League (Overviews):
Irish Paintball League (Seasons):
Irish Woodsball League (Seasons):
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Laser Tag (Quasar)
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 Stats UK & Ireland Tournaments
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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.
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