Can You Guess Which Sport Uses Each Piece of Equipment?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Sports are exhilarating, entertaining and a great way to keep your mind and body in shape. If you’re a sports fan, try naming each sport in our quiz based on a piece of equipment used to play it. Ready, set...go!

The traditional soccer ball is made with a total of 32 panels. This number, at one time, represented the number of countries in Europe.

Lignum vitae, a very hard wood, was once used to make the vast majority of bowling balls. The first hard rubber bowling ball did not appear until 1905.

When the first tennis balls were made in the 15th century, the outer shell was leather and the stuffing was either wool or a combination of human and horse hair. While tennis balls are made in a wide range of colors, the ones used in major events are fluorescent yellow.

The lacrosse stick is often simply called a “crosse.” Traditionally, lacrosse sticks are made from hickory wood but modern ones are usually plastic.

Track bicycles are specifically designed for use in the smoothest and flattest conditions. They are made without brakes - which are seen as unnecessary - and potentially dangerous additions, due to the speed of the riders and the conditions under which they race.

While boxing gloves may appear as a safety feature, they are deemed to be more dangerous to boxers than bareknuckle boxing. That’s because they allow more hits to be made to an opponent’s head.

While polo balls are typically three and a quarter inches in diameter, the length of mallets used tends to vary between 48 and 54 inches. The differences in the height of the mallets stems from the differences in the heights of horses used in the game.

A wingsuit works on the same principle as the parachute by creating sufficient surface area and air resistance to slow down the flyer. The wingsuit has been known by many names, including “birdman suit” and “bat suit.”

In 1891, when the inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith, first introduced the game to his students, they played with a soccer ball. The very first basketballs made specifically for the game were made of leather with a cloth lining.

The hammer is made up of a metal ball which is attached to a grip by means of a steel wire. For men, the ball weighs 16 pounds, while for women, a lighter ball of 8.8 pounds is used.

The bow and arrow have been a part of human history for over 10, 000 years. Some of the earliest bows were made from tendon, horn and wood.

The rule in cricket is that all cricket bats must be made from wood. The rule came about in 1979 following Australian cricketeer Dennis Lillee’s attempt to use an aluminum bat in a game against England.

Only women take part in the balance beam event. They perform acrobatic maneuvers on a wooden beam which is 16.4 feet long and 4 inches wide. The beam is raised 4.1 feet off the ground.

There are two types of Olympic rowing races – sculling and sweep oar rowing. In sculling, each rower operates two oars, while in sweep oar rowing events, each rower uses just one oar.

Golf rules allow each player to carry as many as 14 different clubs. Each club is designed for use in specific game situations.

Snowboard sizes range from as short as 35 inches (children’s boards) to as long as 85 inches (racers’s boards). The width of the board is generally chosen to match the rider’s foot length (toe to heel).

The original football helmet was made of leather, which was later padded for extra protection. Nowadays, the helmets are made of a padded, hard plastic shell with plastic-coated metal bars forming the face mask.

The paraglider wing is made from two pieces of fabric held together by an inner framework of supporting material. The harness in which the pilot sits (or reclines) is said to be more comfortable than resting in a lounge chair.

The core of the surfboard is designed to be both lightweight and buoyant. The outer shell is hard and supportive.

The shot (ball) typically weighs between 2 pounds 3 ounces and 16 pounds, depending on the athlete’s age and gender. In international competitions, while men use 16-pound balls, women’s balls are lighter, at 8 pounds 13 ounces.

A bobsled is basically a toboggan on runners. It was invented in 1897 in Switzerland to give riders greater speed going downhill.

Most sport kites are made in a triangular (or delta) shape. They are typically maneuvered by the use of two lines but there are also four-line (or quad) sport kites.

The particular type of binding used to hold the ski to the plastic boot was invented by Norwegian Sondre Norheim. The binding made it possible for skiers to execute jumps.

Regulation-size dart boards are divided into 20 radial sections and measure 17.75 inches in diameter. Top-quality boards are typically made of sisal fiber but cheaper ones, made of cork or coiled paper, are readily available.

In the earliest form of ice hockey, the pucks were actually frozen cow dung. Nowadays, they are made out of hard vulcanized rubber. They are 1-inch thick, 3 inches in diameter and weigh between 5.5 and 6 ounces.

The balls used in pool games are normally made of plastic and clear acrylic. In coin-operated pool tables the cue ball is distinguished from the other balls by being larger, heavier or with a magnetic core.

The women’s discus weighs 2.2 pounds and has a diameter of 7.1 inches. The men’s discus is twice as heavy and slightly wider, at 8.7 inches.

Most skateboards are made using seven plies of maple wood with a polyurethane coating. The wheels differ in size and shape depending on the type of skating for which the board is used.

While jugglers are noted for their ability to juggle a wide variety of objects, the most popular ones, by far, are clubs, balls and pins. The clubs are normally 20 inches long and weigh between 7.1 and 10.6 ounces.

Most baseball bats are made of either wood or metal. The barrel, or thick end, of the baseball bat should not be more than 2.75 inches in diameter. Regulations also state that the bat should not exceed 42 inches in length.

The average height of croquet mallets is 3 feet but the height selected by each player will depend on how tall or short they are. The weight of the mallet, which averages at about 3 pounds, is also a matter of personal choice.

Racers and their skeletons can reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour as they head down a course. There is no steering mechanism, so the racer must use body angles to direct the sled.

“Pommel horse” is the name of both the event and the leather-covered apparatus used. The horse is 63 inches long and up to 14.2 inches wide with wooden handles, called pommels, placed at the top. The gymnast (traditionally men) holds the pommels to support his weight as he performs mostly circular maneuvers.

The horizontal high jump bar is positioned on two vertical supports in such a way that it will fall if the jumper touches it. Most modern-day jumpers go over the bar head first with their backs to the bar – a technique named the Fosbury Flop after the 1968 American Olympic champion, Dick Fosbury, who popularized it.

Originally, field hockey sticks were handcrafted from wood. Nowadays, they are typically made from a mix of fiberglass, aramid fiber and carbon fiber.

The barbell, which is a steel rod, is fitted with cast-iron or steel disks (called bumper plates) of varying weights. In the Olympic Games, the bumper plates are color-coded with red being the heaviest at 55 pounds.

The design of the shuttlecock makes it fly cork-first at all times, regardless of how it is hit. The feathers in the shuttlecock are traditionally goose feathers but synthetic materials are often used.

The first rugby balls were made from pig bladders, which meant they were rounder and more plum-shaped. Their sizes also differed depending on the size of the pig from which the bladder came.

A hopper balloon is a hot air balloon designed to carry one person. The pilot is strapped into a harness or seat and is suspended below the balloon.

Curling stones are made from granite mined in two specific locations in Scotland and Wales. The oldest known curling stone dates back to 1511.

Javelins have been used as weapons throughout much of history. Although traditionally a wooden spear, modern javelins are made from a metal alloy.

Hurdles races are either 100 meters, 110 meters or 400 meters in length. In each case, the runner clears 10 hurdles placed in his or her lane.

The windsurfer is often described as a cross between a surfboard and a sailboat, and as a result, it is sometimes called a sailboard. Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport since 1984.

The small rackets used in table tennis are also called bats and paddles. Each side of a player’s racket must be a different color.

The fencing sword is said to be in the rapier style, meaning it is both slender and sharply pointed. The three types of swords used are epee, saber and foil.

Poles in the pole vault event may be any length or thickness but they must be rated to match the vaulter’s weight. Poles are typically made of fiberglass or carbon fiber.

The helium-filled rubber balloons used in cluster ballooning are attached to the pilot by a harness. The individual balloons measure between 4 and 7 feet across and a single cluster usually contains between 50 and 150 balloons.

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