Well, your dreams are crushed that dodge-ball is not an official Olympic sport, and you probably won’t see stair luge either. But hope is not lost. With sports like Horseshoes, Cowboy Action Shooting and Pickle Ball, the Huntsman World Senior Games are bound to raise some eyebrows and bring interest to sports that reawaken the active soul. The Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah will have the typical Olympic style games but introduce new sports that I can’t wait to see.
Cowboy Action Shooting
CAS requires competitors to use firearms typical of the mid-to-late 19th century: single action revolvers, lever action rifles chambered in pistol calibers, and side-by-side double barrel shotguns (also referred to as a Coach Gun – with or without external hammers, although automatic ejectors are not allowed) or 1897-style pump-action shotguns with external hammers. Winchester 1887 lever-action shotguns and Colt Lightning pump-action rifles are also legal. Both original and reproduction guns are equally acceptable. All CAS handguns must be “single-action”, meaning that the hammer must be manually cocked before each shot can be fired.
On top of that they have to dress up in Cowboy Gear… How Awesome is that?
There are many horse shoe pits across America, in parks, recreation centers and sometimes dedicated fields for the sport. Horseshoe is an official game and is governed by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA). It is an old game, coming from a time when horses were a part of everyday life, and used horseshoes were turned into a lively game. The Sport has grown more sophisticated now. But the Basic concept of the sport is still relatively the same. Each Team or individual, tosses their shoe to a post in the ground. The closest Shoe receives 1 point. In NHPA rules, the shoe that touches the post receives 2 points.
Where as the above sports are self descriptive, Pickle Ball has nothing to do with Pickles. The sport was invented in the mid 60’s by Congressman Joel Pritchard, and some friends, when they couldn’t quite find all of the components of their badminton game. The name is believed to have been named after their dog “Pickle”. The sport itself is played much like Badminton, but uses a large wiffle ball, a smaller court and square-ish racquets. It is a very fast pace game as there are less stop games per match.
See you at the 2012 Huntsman World Senior Games Opening ceremonies October 9, 2012 .