How To Become A Next-Level Athlete: An Analysis Of Niche Sports That Start With N

While netball is a popular sport played commonly in schools, it is a great way to become physically fit and engage in healthy competition. Apart from that, there are some niche sports that start with N we bet you haven’t heard of!

Read below about a few sports that start with n!


This ball sport is a popular school/college activity which is played in teams. There are seven players in each team, with the aim of the game to score more goals by shooting the ball through the defender’s hoop.

According to World Netball, netball is played by 20 million people in 80 countries (Wikipedia). Back in my school days, netball was one of my favorite sports. I was always the center and won a lot of matches with my teammates!

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Nordic Combined

This Winter Olympic sport is a combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. With its origins in 1892 and its first Olympic game debut in 1924, it is played ever since then. This also allowed for its recognition in most parts of the world and became a popular winter sport. Nordic combined can be played as a solo sports or team activity. This sport requires endurance, physical strength and speed. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an adventurous winter sport to engage in!

Nine-Ball Pool

The rules for this game are simple – you win by legally obtaining the 9-ball. The cue ball (typically the white ball) is hit first – which must strike the lowest numbered ball.

After the lowest ball is hit, in order to win, the cue ball or any numbered ball may hit the 9-ball in the pocket.

Nine ball pool is an ideal pastime activity played with other people. You can search for a nine-ball pool area near me or even play this game online!


This is surely one of the most unique sports out there that a lot of people haven’t heard of. Ninjutsu is a type of martial arts that consists of military tactics and espionage which was practiced by ninjas. This Japanese originated style of martial arts is not as popular as other martial arts such as judo or karate but surely is a unique sport. The concept of ninjas existing has always been wild to me. Learning about this martial art makes me want to try it just for fun!

Nine-pin Bowling

This was a popular sports activity in the United States, but that was till tenpin bowling took over.  However, nine-pin bowling is popular in Europe and other parts of the world with championships held annually. It can be played individually where the winner is the one with the greater number of pins after all lanes are played, or in teams of six players each.

FAQs regarding these sports that start with N

Q. How is netball different from basketball?

 Unlike in basketball, players cannot dribble, bounce, or run with the ball in a netball game.

Q.  Why was nine pin bowling banned in some areas?

Apparently, it was banned in most parts of the US due to moral issues – it promoted gambling.

Q. How do you win in 9-ball?

By legally pocketing the 9-ball.

Q. Which events are part of the Nordic combined?

Ski jumping and cross-country skiing are the two winter activities that are part of the Nordic combined.

Author’s Opinion

These sports are some of the most unusual sports that exist out there. Out of these sports that start with N, I recommend Nordic combined for a winter activity on your next vacation or for a casual time pass nine-ball pool or bowling with a group of friends or family!

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.