List of sports A – Z & list of summer & winter Olympic sports

In this article, For Kids will offer you a list of different types of sports for kids and outline some important benefits of sports, in general, for your children.

In addition, you’ll find a list of summer and winter Olympic sports below, ordered alphabetically from A to Z. The list is ordered alphabetically from A – Z. 

List of sports A – Z

1. Individual sports

Alpine skiing

Archery

Billiards

Bocce ball

Bodysurfing

Bowling

Canoeing

Cross-country skiing

Cycling

Dog sledding

Diving

Fishing

Fly-fishing

Golf

Hacky sack

Hang gliding

Mountaineering

Horse Riding

Ice skating

Japanese sword arts

Kayaking

Kickboxing

Motocross racing

Mountain biking

Parachuting

Parasailing

Pilates

Qi gong

Rafting

Rock climbing

Rollerblading

Rope climbing

Rope jumping

Rowing

Sailing

Scuba diving

Shuffleboard

Skimboarding

Skydiving

Sky surfing

Sledding

Snorkeling

Snowboarding

Snowmobile racing

Snowshoeing

Snow skiing

Speed skating

Surfing

Swimming

Tai chi

Trapeze artistry

Triathlon training

Unicycling

Wakeboarding

Waterskiing

Weight lifting

Windsurfing

Yoga

2. Team Sports

Team sports

Badminton

Basketball

Baseball

Boxing

Broomball

Cheerleading

Cricket

Croquet

Curling

Fencing

Field hockey

Flag football

Football

Handball

Hockey

Hurling

Jai alai

Lacrosse

Laser tag

Lawn bowling

Paintball

Racquetball

Rugby

Soccer

Softball

Squash

Synchronized swimming

Table tennis

Tennis

Ultimate Frisbee

Volleyball

Wrestling

3. Gymnastic Games

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Balance beam

Floor exercises

High bar

Parallel bars

Pommel horse

Rhythmic

Still rings

Trampoline

Tumbling

Uneven parallel bars

Vault

Read more about the different types of gymnastics.

4. Martial Arts

a. Japanese Martial Arts

– Aikido
– Judo
– Jujutsu (jiu-jitsu)
Karate
– Kendo

b. Indian Martial Arts

– Dravidian
– Gatka
– Kalaripayattu
– Kuttu varisai
– Varma kalai

c. Brazilian Martial Arts

– Capoeira
– Brazilian jiu-jitsu

d. Korean Martial Arts

– Hapkido
– Taekwondo

e. Chinese Martial Arts

– Bagua
– Drunken Boxing
– Eagle Claw
– Five Animals
– Hsing I
– Kung fu
– Lau Gar
– Monkey
– Praying Mantis
– Tai chi chuan
– White Crane
– Wing chun

List of Summer and Winter Olympic Sports

Here’s a list of sports that are part of the Olympic Games.

Some of these sports are a part of the summer competition program, and others are played in the Winter Olympic Games.

Summer Olympic sports

Archery
Artistic swimming
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Beach volleyball
Boxing
Canoe slalom
Canoe sprint
Cycling: BMX)
Cycling: Mountain Bike)
Cycling: Road
Cycling: Track
Diving
Equestrian: Dressage
Equestrian: Eventing
Equestrian: Jumping
Fencing
Football
Golf
Gymnastics: Artistic
Gymnastics: Rhythmic
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Marathon Swimming
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing
Rugby
Sailing
Shooting
Swimming
Table tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Trampoline
Triathlon
Volleyball
Water polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling: Freestyle
Wrestling: Greco-Roman

Winter Sports

Alpine Skiing
Biathlon
Bobsleigh
Cross-country skiing
Curling
Figure skating
Freestyle skiing
Ice hockey
Luge
Nordic Combined
Short track
Skeleton
Ski jumping
Snowboarding
Speed skating

The most popular sports in the world

Here are the most popular sports in the world nowadays, according to WorldAtlas.com.

RankSportEstimated FollowersArea of population
1Association Football (Soccer)4.0 billionGlobal
2Cricket2.5 billionUK and Commonwealth
3Field Hockey2 billionEurope, Africa, Asia and Australia
4Tennis1 billionGlobal
5Volleyball900 millionWestern Europe and North America
6Table Tennis875 millionGlobal
7Basketball825 millionGlobal
8Baseball500 millionUnited States, Caribbean and Japan
9Rugby475 millionUK and Commonwealth
10Golf450 millionWestern Europe, North America and East Asia

General benefits of sports for kids

1. Games Teach Socialization

Teaching children how to develop relationships may not be something you’d normally think about when playing games, but games provide a great opportunity for kids to develop social skills such as sharing, showing respect, supporting teammates, controlling their emotions and more.

Playing a game can teach you all that and have practical applications as well, such as when you use a name game to introduce one child to another.

Game time is also an excellent time to reinforce a child’s listening skills.

For instance, when one child has a question about a game, be sure that all of the children listen to the explanation.

When playing games with kids, always remember to de-emphasize winning and competition and emphasize good sportsmanship.

2. Sports Provide Opportunities to Learn Self-Control

Children, at a young age, have a difficult time controlling their feelings and emotions.

Daily practice of a sport or game can help them learn this life skill, as it’ll teach them discipline.

Find the right moments to discuss handling frustration with your children.

For example, if a child loses his temper during a game, that’s the perfect moment for a conversation about this subject.

3. Learning the Rules of a New Game Can Teach Focus

Teaching your child how to play a new game can be challenging. Most kids have an attention span of about fifteen minutes, so as adults, we must be creative.

First, connect before you direct: Ask all of the kids in front of you to look you in your eyes first, and then begin talking to them.

Next, as you explain the game, stay brief, stay simple and ask the kids to repeat your requests back to you. Ask questions to be sure they were listening.

The games that work best for this age group are those that have just a few, simple rules, and preferably, require the children to complete only one task at a time.

Since adventure is everything for this age group, learning a new sport or skill can be an easy sell to kids. 

The act of learning a sport will teach kids to conquer fear, set goals and take risks.

 If you’re unfamiliar with some of the adventures provided in the lists above, research the rules of play, gather your equipment and have fun.