Non-traditional sports take hold in Charleston 

Not Just Pigskin

When it comes to South Carolina, the word sport generally conjures up images of huge linebackers and garnet or orange clad cheerleaders. Suffice it to say, this state loves itself some football. But not everyone wants to play pigskin and thanks to that two very different, very old sports are beginning to grow a fan base.

This week we take a look at cricket and hurling, British and Irish exports respectively. Plus, two other newcomers to the Lowcountry’s sporting life: trampoline volleyball and beach bocce ball.

Cricket: The world's second most popular and first most confusing sport
Cricket: The world's second most popular and first most confusing sport Sticky Wicket

Hello!" Geoff Hawes, organizer of Summerville's cricket club, the Summerville Sandlappers, says, waving down my car as it pulls up next to a small shed on the edge of a muddy field. Hawes' British accent tips me off: I've found the cricket field. — Connelly Hardaway


The ancient Irish sport of hurling finds a home in Hampton Park
The ancient Irish sport of hurling finds a home in Hampton Park The Crack of the Hurl

When someone mentions that they play the sport of hurling, inevitably people first think they're referring to curling or making a bad joke about drinking too much whiskey. In fact, hurling is actually an Irish sport —it's not that Brit export cricket—that has a growing team in Charleston. — Daniel L. Gidick


These bocce lovers know how to roll with it
These bocce lovers know how to roll with it Boccin' Out

When I was first asked to report on a bocce ball league in Charleston, little did I know that I would ultimately end up on a booze cruise headed to Morris Island, but thanks to the folks at Chucktown Social, that's what happened. — Viraj Naik


Welcome to the world of trampoline volleyball
Welcome to the world of trampoline volleyball Bounce, Set, Spike

I started playing volleyball when I was 13 years old, so when I heard there was a new volleyball league at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, I couldn't help but puff up my chest a little, convinced I'd waltz in there and blow everyone out of the water. — Sarah Eastwood


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