How to be a pioneer player for the sports beginning with P

Want to try some fun sports for your next adventure? We have rounded up a list of the perfect solo and multiplayer sports that start with P!

Paddle boarding

If you are looking for some exciting water activities, then this should be on top of your list! Paddleboarding involves a riding on a paddleboard or surfboard.

Most common form of this sport is stand up paddleboarding where just as the name suggests, you paddle your way while standing up. This sport uses upper body strength especially arms. It can be done while lying down on the board or kneeling down.


This is a racket sport with a special plastic or wooden paddle played with hollow, plastic ball. It is played between two players or as a doubles game. The objective is to gain points and letting the opponent from returning the ball.

Pickleball is a popular sport in the United States – a combination of badminton and tennis that can be played indoors and outdoors. If you are looking for an active sport to stay fit then I recommend trying this sport!

Pickleball is popular, but how much exercise are you really getting?

A study suggests that pickleball can provide a moderate workout for middle-aged or older people if they play often enough.


This is an unusual and underrated sport which consists of several movements such as jumping, climbing, rolling, vaulting and a few others.

The aim is to go about from one point to another using special moves in different urban locations. This is a thrilling solo sport which is equal to a full body workout!


An ideal leisure and competitive aerial sport which involves flying with an aircraft.

Paragliding is a more common and safe sport as compared to other extreme aerial sports since it does not consist of a specific take off or a landing platform.

This became a popular sport for tourists especially in mountainous regions. I remember my friends tried this sport for the first time on their trip to Thailand. I only saw the pictures but it looked like a fun activity to try out which is for people of all ages!


Pilates is a fitness sport which people engage in, in order to gain strength, tone their muscles and become flexible. This has become a popular activity around the world due to its amazing benefits. If you are weight conscious or looking for some fit exercises, then I highly recommended Pilates. It is a tried method with notable changes in the body and mind!

Ping Pong

Commonly known as table tennis, ping pong is a more casual name for this ball and paddle sport.

While this sport is played professionally across the world with Olympic single and double games and world championships events, it is also a great pastime activity to play. This was a sport that I commonly played in my school days. My friend who I mostly played with became a national table tennis champion!

Pole Vault

This sport has emerged into a modern track and field activity which is also a part of the Olympic games. A long and flexible pole is used by players to jump above a horizontal bar. This tests the flexibility, strength and endurance of an athlete.

Pole vaulting became a famous sport in Europe and North America, with renowned athletes from across the globe.

The concept of pole vaulting seems very unique to me. I bet this is one of the sports that seems like an easy thing to do but really isn’t!


A rubber or leather ball is used to play this game where teams of two push the ball towards the opponent’s goal posts. While this is not a popular sport, it is enjoyed by people at local festivals and events.

Pocket Billiards

Another term used for pool – which is range of cue sports such as eight ball, nine-ball pool, blackball etc., with some differences in each game. This is one of my favorite pastime activities to engage in. There are a lot of pool sports that you can choose from- they are easy and fun to play with a group of people!

Common FAQs regarding sports with P

Q. How risky is paragliding?

While this is an exciting activity to try out, there is some risk factor associated with it. However, with the correct precautions and protective equipment, it is a safe sport to play.

Q. Is table tennis and ping pong different?

Table tennis and ping pong are the same sports just two different names.

Q. Where is pickleball originated from?

Pickleball was invented in the US and is a popular sport there.

Q. Is pole vault an activity both men and women?

Pole vault is a track and field sport that is played by both men and women.

What is another word for pocket billiards?

Pool (cue sports) is a common term for pocket billiards.

Author’s Opinion

Discovering these sports that start with P, these are some of the fun packed activities that you can try out alone and with your close ones! My top picks are paragliding – because this is something that one should experience at least once in their lifetime and ping pong – one of the easiest sports that you can play with others.

What do you think?

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.