InSITE reporter Naomi Allaway lifts the lid on the world of wierd sports!
Weird Sports: there are loads of them around but it's funny how only a few people know about them. Everyone’s heard of football, rugby, cricket, tennis and hockey, but who’s heard of nurdling, whomping the snurd and volleying the splog?
Certainly these three sports aren’t taught in schools! The first time I heard of them was from a friend who had gone on a summer camp where she played these sports. The next year, I couldn’t resist and booked myself on the same summer camp ready to try out them out!
Nurdling is a very energetic sport, involving getting extremely dirty and smelly. The aim of the game is to complete an assault course and beat all the other teams by getting the fastest time. The assault course is natural, not manmade, so first you go through a bog of decomposing organic material and then through a stream and up a small slippery hill to the finish! As if that’s not tricky enough you have to run as fast as you can and each person is attached to two other people by a pole that can’t be let go of during the whole assault course, otherwise time penalties are given to the team.
Whomping The Snurd
Then comes whomping the snurd. You’ve heard of rounders, well the basic idea of the game is rounders, however there are some vital differences between the two. The ball in whomping the snurd is not a ball at all; it’s a wet sponge. Also there are no specific rules to this game and you can even be chased from the bases with the sponge. The only way to get someone out is by hitting them with the wet sponge!
Volleying The Splog
Volleying the splog is another fun game to play and as you’ve probably guessed it has something to do with volleyball. But instead of using a volleyball, water balloons (splogs) are used and points are given to the opposing team if their splog bursts in your half of the court. Splogs can vary in size and some splogs are even pregnant meaning that inside them are more splogs. As well as this, there are splogs that are twins or triplets and therefore by bursting these in your opponents half of the court you can get a lot more points than if there was only one splog.
So if you’re feeling bored and the weather’s not too bad get nurdling, whomping and volleying! Be warned though if you play the last two games you end up absolutely soaked!