Baseball is a game between two teams and is played on a field with a bat and a small white ball. The teams take turns playing in the field and batting the ball. The object of the game is to score more runs than the other team.
Softball is very similar to baseball, but is played with a larger ball. Softball is a popular sport among American women and combined men and women teams.
Basketball is played on a court with a large orange ball. There are five players on each team. Each team moves the ball across the court by bouncing it. They try to shoot the ball into the basket.
Football is a field game between two teams, played with an oval-shaped ball. The receiver of the ball tries to run with it toward the goal. The players of the other team try to tackle him to prevent him from reaching the goal line.
Soccer is a field game between two teams played with a white round ball. The players are only allowed to kick the ball or bump it with their heads. The object of the game is to kick the ball into the goal.
Tennis has a large popularity. Today Russian tennis players are famous all over the world. Sharapova, Kurnikova, Kafelnikov, Miskina are only the best known Russian tennis players. They play wonderfully at Wimbledon and other competitions.
Ice-hockey is another one successful sport in the country. The Russian team takes worthy places in competitions. In USSR there was a period when hockey team won 9 world championships in a row. Furthermore, there are only 2 hockey players which became championship winners 10 times. These are Russian sportsmen Alexander Rogulin and of course Vladislav Tretyak.
And of course the favorite sport of many women is figure skating. This is a very beautiful show. Figure skating is quickly getting popularity in the country. New ice rinks are opened, parents take their children to sport schools.