Diving into the World of Hybrid Sports

Playing sports is a great way to incorporate healthy and productive activities as a part of your routine or as a fun way to time pass. There are countless sports, which are played in different parts of the world – these include both solo sports and team sports – both popular choices.

But you know what’s more fun and productive than playing a sport? A combination of two or more sports is known as hybrid sports. Read below some of our top picks of hybrid sports that can level up your playing time whether it’s on your own or with a group of people!

Chess Boxing

This unique boxing ring game involves the skills of two sports – chess and boxing. 

Chess boxing was invented in 1992 by a French comic book artist. The objective of this unusual sport is to either knock down your opponent while boxing or checkmate them in a game of chess. Players alternate between rounds of fighting and playing chess. This sport is especially popular in European countries and it takes place in a boxing ring.

Frisbee Golf

This hybrid sport is also known as disc golf more recently. It is an interesting combination of the two games of frisbee and golf. The objective is to cross the disc golf course from start to end with the fewest number of throws. The scores are appointed in the same way as in the game of standard golf.


This is a unique racket sport which is a mixture of table tennis, tennis and badminton. The game uses a special plastic or wooden paddle played with hollow, plastic balls. Pickleball can be played between two players or as a doubles game. The objective is to gain points and prevent the opponent from returning the ball.

Pickleball is a popular sport in the United States –be played indoors and outdoors. If you are looking for an active sport to stay fit then this hybrid sport is something you should try!

Mixed Martial Arts

This full-contact, combat sport is a combination of several action sports such as boxing, jujutsu, wrestling, judo, etc.

Mixed Martial Arts has emerged as one of the fastest-growing sports. Players perform certain fighting techniques such as grappling, kicking, striking, and ground fighting in this 2-player sport. There are separate games held for females and males.

Learning one martial art is a big achievement but imagine being good at several ones. This is one of the toughest sports out there!


This is a fairly famous sport in parts of America that uses a frisbee with a game of American football or rugby. This was first played in 1968 as a team sport with 7 players in each team but if played indoors or at a beach – it consists of 5 players in each team.

The ultimate aim is to catch the frisbee in the opponent’s zone which scores a point for the team. The frisbee can be passed to team players.

Water Polo

This water ball sport is played with two teams consisting of 7 players each, with 4 quarters of 8 minutes each. A period of 30 seconds is given to the team who possess the ball in which they must score a goal ball. If the team fails to score, then the ball is passed to the other team.

Goals are scored by throwing the ball into the opponent’s goal. The winning team is the one with the greater number of goals. People who are good at swimming can play this exciting sport!


Q. Does chess boxing exist?

Yes, this unusual yet interesting sport was invented by a French comic book artist.

Q. What sports are combined to create ultimate?

Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact, team sport that is played with a frisbee. It combines elements of netball, touch football, and American football.

Q. Who is a hybrid athlete?

A hybrid athlete is someone talented in multiple sports or fitness disciplines.

Q. What are two sports that are similar?

Baseball and Cricket are two similar sports. They are both considered bat-and-ball games and are played by both men and women.

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.