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    (Original post by Tinberry)
    As for being a (ice)hockey goalie -Id prefer to run to keep fit I always hear about people breaking fingers all the time in hockey cause its rough :/
    I've played for nearly 8 years and have had a good few bruises but no broken bones etc. I'm not going to lie, I've had my heart in my mouth a few times but I think I've only ever seen 1 or 2 girls have to go to hospital. My brother plays mens hockey which is a bit rougher and where stuff like thats more likely to happen.

    You get good team banter in hockey and its a chance to meet people from all walks of life depending what club/team you join, even playing at uni its good to get to know a range of years.

    EDIT - Now Shinty on the other hand... I've played one match and the number from bruises I had just from that! The captain spent about half an hour possibly playing on a broken ankle!
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    (Original post by Tinberry)
    Not studying but a graduate so have access to all uni groups/facilities. Im toned and active but no cardio fit. Used to do Equestrian sports, athletics and occasional cycling and am looking for ideas so contact/non contact or whether its winter /summer doesnt matter.
    In the end you don't have to plug your sport only if you want to.
    Really, I think its a matter of finding a few sports that mesh well together.

    Team sports are always the most fun to be a part of. You make really good friends, and you feel part of a little community. I joined a cricket team when I moved city and literally didn't need any more social life because of the sheer amount of friends I made through the club, to say nothing of being welcomed by everyone in the village and the local pubs who sponsored the team. I do something cricket club related probably 3-4 days a week throughout the year, whether its playing, coaching, socialising, touring.

    I'm not plugging cricket per se, just the immense benefits of joining a team sport and really becoming involved in it and its community. You don't get this with individual sports.

    However, its always useful to have an individual sport as well, because whereas team sports events require 20+ people and hence are difficult to organise at short notice, its easy to organise a game of squash/tennis/golf/darts/bowls/whatever at only a couple of hours notice.

    So if you don't already have any sports, I would recommend picking one team sport and one individual sport, and try and make sure they complement each other, for example one indoor sport and one outdoor sport, or one summer sport and one winter sport.

    Also, pick something you think you might be good at, because you will enjoy it sooner. I have also found that the more obscure the sport, the more accepting the group will be to new members.
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    care to give some ideas of obscure sports? just cause my brain does not seem to be functioning
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    (Original post by yzarcemina)
    care to give some ideas of obscure sports? just cause my brain does not seem to be functioning
    Are you asking me?

    Stuff like softball, korfball, baseball, handball, archery. A lot of universities offer these sports but most people won't have tried them before joining.

    Some women's sports tend to be somewhat obscure as well, as although the men's game is well known, most girls won't have played them in school, such as women's rugby and women's cricket.
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    bare-knuckle, full contact fighting in a cage
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    All the cool kids do badminton :awesome:

    Seriously it's a good choice. It's a sport which a lot of girls and boys play together, and generally socialise whilst playing. Also it's a sport which is pretty easy to pick up, often you see people with all different standards playing.

    So yeah badminton is the way to go
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    Scuba Diving!
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    Every shot that doesn't involve a diver in front of the camera...had one behind it.
    You get to experience practically a whole new world

    And its a massive team sport in theory. Dive clubs are awesome.

    Haha just made this post then saw your comment above
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    Scuba Diving!
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    Cross-Country Skiing
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    badminton

    its fun, cheap, easy to start and most people can give you a good game without having to have lessons which you need for other racket sports such as squash or tennis. its awesome
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    (Original post by alice456)
    badminton

    its fun, cheap, easy to start and most people can give you a good game without having to have lessons which you need for other racket sports such as squash or tennis. its awesome
    squash is easier to take up than badminton, period.
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    (Original post by py0alb)
    squash is easier to take up than badminton, period.
    squash is often dominating by people who hit it hard.

    Badminton while hitting it hard can be an advantage (and how hard you hit it is to do with your wrist strength/action), you can also be very competitive without hitting it hard, e.g. playing at the net, placing the shot.

    Hence it's a lot easier to get into the game. A beginner can test others if he/she plays smart and tries to place the shuttle. It's also a lot more relaxed than squash, more time to talk between points and often playing in doubles is very sociable.
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    Footy! It's exciting being in goal and blocking attempts and then you can watch everyone else battle it out.

    <3 x
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    (Original post by LemonLizards)
    squash is often dominating by people who hit it hard.

    Badminton while hitting it hard can be an advantage (and how hard you hit it is to do with your wrist strength/action), you can also be very competitive without hitting it hard, e.g. playing at the net, placing the shot.

    Hence it's a lot easier to get into the game. A beginner can test others if he/she plays smart and tries to place the shuttle. It's also a lot more relaxed than squash, more time to talk between points and often playing in doubles is very sociable.
    Who on earth wants to talk between points? Get on with the game and talk in the pub afterwards. You know what's more "relaxed" than both? Having a hot bath. If you want to play sport, you come to compete and have fun, not relax.

    Beginners in squash can have a 10-12 shot rally within the first hour. Beginners in badminton are still struggling to serve in the box after an hour.

    Most amateur squash points are won by drop shots. If you think its a game of brute force you've clearly never played it.

    Mind you, both are nowhere near as bad as tennis. What a crap game that is.
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    Play hockey. You know it makes sense.
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    (Original post by py0alb)
    squash is easier to take up than badminton, period.
    i dont think so as anyone can play badminton for fun, no matter how good you are whereas with squash if you are rubbish then it ruins it - as i found out when i played :P and btw most beginners would struggle to play sqaush for more than 45 minutes as the it gets v. hot on court and beginners would not be use to that type of exercise, whereas badminton can be played for longer and less intensely to begin with!!
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    Te he Im loving the squash vs badminton debate

    Now shinty is one rough game but for some reason im tempted by it even having seen the damage a stick can cause to a skull.

    I always wanted to learn how to ski but is snowboarding easier on the knees/ ankles?
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    (Original post by L-x)
    I've played against you twice this year, assuming you play for SB1
    oh, cool, which team?
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