Ball games have been around for centuries. And they’ve been around for that long because they’re extremely popular. In fact, most of our physical sports today are centered on a ball in some way or another. We have the Aztecs and Olmeca peoples to thank for this. It’s been noted that ball games were played almost 3 thousand years ago and have been adapted with new rules, balls, settings and playing fields to keep the game fresh and ever evolving.
Ball games aren’t just played for fun though, there are many famous professional players who have made a career (and a lot of money) out of their love for a specific ball game. Most players choose one specific game and hone their skills to perfection, earning them national and international acclaim. So yes, it may start out as 45 minutes of physical ed at school, but it has the ability to grow far beyond that if you take it there.
The importance of playing ball games
In children, ball games help to develop a variety of important skills. For example, a young child playing with a ball is required to use the part of his or her brain to accurately calculate the speed, intensity and angle at which the ball is traveling toward them in order to catch it effectively. To do this, the child will need to develop timing, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, motor planning and focusing skills. So there is definitely merit to playing with a ball, even from a young age.
A look at the most common ball game types
There are so many different individual ball games which fall under the following categories.
Bat and ball games
Games like cricket, baseball, golf, even hockey are some of the bat-and ball games.
Racquet and ball games
This category includes games like tennis, badminton, squash, lacrosse and so many others.
Football, basketball, and lacrosse fall under this category.
Volleyball and basketball are both classified under the net games category.
Bowling, croquet, and lowball are all versions of target games.