The 7 Most Affordable Sports to Play

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It’s not only the top athletes of the day making millions hand over fist. Equipment companies are making their fair share as well. Who knew that fun could be so expensive? Well, indulging in your favorite sport doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are the top seven most affordable sports to play.

7. Soccer

This activity might seem out of place on the list but compared to other organized team sports like hockey or tackle football, it’s relatively cheap. Parks abound all over the world, most with actual soccer fields or open spaces which serve just as well. Shorts, shirts, shoes, a ball and you’re ready to go.

6. Touch Football

Like Soccer, Touch Football is very affordable. Using those same public fields, the clothes on your back and a football instead of a soccer ball and America’s new pastime is yours for the playing. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, invest in flags and turn the game into flag football. Great exercise and fun on the cheap.

5. Tennis

This one might also seem a little out of place as tennis rackets can cost hundreds of dollars. But, unless you’re going out on the ATP tour, you don’t need to spend this kind of money. Good rackets can be had cheap in most sporting goods outlets or even department stores, goodwill and thrift stores will also most likely have them in a pinch. As a lot of cities offer free, publicly funded courts, you’ll just have to invest in a can of tennis balls.

4. Badminton

Badminton sets can be purchased from most any hardware or sporting good stores for just a few dollars. Parks, backyards, sidewalks, parking lots, vacant lots, these are all your courts. They are free of charge and are everywhere. Plus badminton is a great low-impact sport that’s easy to play in case you’ve been out of the game to long. So what are you waiting for?

3. Handball

Sports don’t get any easier or cheaper to play: you, an opponent, a ball and a wall. For literally pennies (the price of the ball), you’ve got a sport activity that is a great workout and a lot of fun. You don’t even need a park for this one. Any schoolyard wall will do. Even the side of your garage can be used.

2. Frisbee

In recent years there has been a resurgence in Frisbee and Frisbee-related sports. If you’re thinking that Frisbee is not a sport, then remember Frisbee golf, Frisbee baseball, Frsibee... just about anything. Some parks even have Frisbee golf courses laid out for ease of play so all you need to do is buy the Frisbee.

1. Running

Running is about as affordable as sports get – just the cost of the shoes on your feet. No pads, no uniform, no headgear. Your playing field is any flat surface in the world and the majority of them are free for the using.

Andrew Salmon is a writer – he enjoys writing about frugal living and finance topics, such as how to obtain  " life insurance in Canada:

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