The sports played in Jamaica, typical of our culture, is also very
diverse. We play most of the sports of the Commonwealth, the Americas,
and of course those we acquired from our many peoples
Despite this variety, I assure you - outdoor or indoor, there is no deeper passion anywhere else!
We play for fun, relaxation, keeping in shape, and even for a stake! However sports do offer many of our youths a ticket to continued education, fame, and financial security.
The list is quite long, but here are some of the most popular sports played in Jamaica.
Perhaps golf is not quite one of the most popular sports played in Jamaica (by locals-let me admit) but I was forced to include it based on its impact and the overseas interest it is generating.
We hosted many tournaments including some of the major championships and some of the best players in the sport show off their skills right here!
The great weather and spectacular terrain, the food and the people all adds up to an amazing golf experience. See my Jamaica Golf page for more.
Domino is a big pastime here. It is played everywhere by everyone.
Although a sophisticated game -sort of like chess or poker, it is often a popular affair at an informal dinner, community centers, or any social gathering.
Of the most popular, football has to be the number one on the list- by sheer numbers.
Football has given hope to many of our inner city youths. Thanks to the passion, popularity, and fame of our 1998 World Cup Football qualification, many of our young 'ballers' have gained lucrative contracts to play for distinquished clubs across the world.
"How dare you?" A visitor to our website just stopped short of telling me that. I did apologize for not including Netball in our first publishing.
The truth is though Netball is the leading female sport in Jamaica. It it right up there with Football. The Ladies have been doing extremely well. Right now, the Jamaican National Netball team ranks third [Yep 3rd]in the world, surpassed ONLY by New Zealand and Australia!
The 'Sunshine Girls' as we call the team, have illustrated my position that 'My Island Jamaica' is a clear world beater! More about Netball in Jamaica.
OK, I admit, bobsled is not a sport played in Jamaica, but you will soon realize why I had to include it- I just had to.
The first Jamaican Bobsled team made history in the Calgary
Olympics Winter Games. They warmed the hearts of many worldwide in their first attempt at Olympic glory and was even immortalized in the popular Walt Disney movie; Cool Runnings.
Basketball is every rising here. Thanks mainly to the cable stations that brings foreign matches in our homes. The facilities for basketball have improved a far way over the last 5 or so years.
In the cricket circles, there is much talk about basketball 'pulling' some of the future possible great Jamaica and West Indies cricketers to basketball. Needless to say I don't support that view as a Cricketer.
By the way, if you are really enthused about sports and adventure, you may find this Portugal Website quite interesting.
All in all though, the sports played in Jamaica is alive and well! For Updates and News on these and all the other major sports played in Jamaica Click Here
So if sports is your game, there are lots of sports played in Jamaica to satisfy your preferences: There is no excuse to
lay horizontal on the beach all the time! :-)
"...thanks for creating such an informative Jamaican site!"