What 3 sports can only be played right handed?
Posted on May 12 2020
What 3 sports can only be played right handed is a great question to be asked the next time you need an ice breaker at a gathering. This question is a great mental stirring game. You really have to think about it and start visualizing people playing sports in your minds eye. This is great for firing up the old grey matter!
Field Hockey requires players to use right-handed sticks - even those who are naturally left-handed. Every stick has a flat side and a rounded side. Only the flat side of the stick can be used, for both field players and goalies.
Polo is another right-handed playing sport and the reason for this is because of safety. Playing left handed was banned In order to avoid the likelihood of a head-on collision between players. As a left-handed player and a right-handed player head for the ball, they would not pass each other as they do in right-hand only games.
Left-handed people are not banned from the game; they must play right-handed. There are even some professional left-handed polo players who play right-handed. The use of the left hand or the mallet was banned in the 1930s. The rule was relaxed after World War II when there was a lack of players, but the rules were re-introduced in 1974.
Jai Alai is also only played right handed. Jai alai is played with two or four players on the court. One player throws the ball against the wall, and the other player must catch and return it. Your object is to throw the ball in a way that makes it so difficult for your opponent to catch and return the ball that they fail.
Since there is no wall on the right side, all jai alai players must play right-handed (wear the cesta on their right hand), as the spin of a left-handed hurl would send the ball toward the open right side. The Basque Government promotes jai alai as "the fastest sport in the world" because of the speed of the ball.