Introduction: Commitment - a Sport...

Now these days commitment has other connotations attached but bunny boilers, you're in the wrong place...

Commitment is a game consisting of foolhardiness and the general desire to damage one's self or surroundings...

Step 1: The History of Commitment.

This noble tradition was invented while playing an Xbox racing game and my friend kept slowing down for corners that you didn't have to, I kept saying stay on the throttle... After some point I said commit yourself while having some fun crashing...

This quickly became fun on lots of tracks and got to the point of a good game.

Later on we went cycling, in Belvoir forest soon after arriving I came to the top of a big steep hill with crazy bumps and turns, this was the point that commitment became the phrase of the day and a great sport.

The fact that I came flying down the hill and round bends suddenly to see a sharp right angle with river on the the outside was an interesting development, which lead to an advancement in the game where both drifts and tail slides where the only means considered acceptable for sharp corners...

Below is one of the birthplaces of commitment, to see why enter the main gate and go left, watch out for me...

Step 2: The Rules and Principles of Commitment...

The principle of commitment is very simple, to go through corners and such at the most unreasonable speed possible, then go faster. The vehicle of choice is a bicycle, which affords you freedom to go other places and less chance of brutal injuries in comparison to larger vehicles...

In the case of using a racing game the car used should be twitchy, have a propensity to over steer and generally insane handling issues... In this case the game is played around high speed corners and in the most foolish manner possible, generally full throttle and correcting to stop a crash is considered pussing out...

In the case of real life playing of the game pussing out is considered to be going too slow, ie: normal speeds or just not enough to be anything silly, also slowing down before the corner is pussing out, unless it's really needed.

Though there isn't much of a point system of winner it works like so:

Points are awarded for:
- Acts of complete and utter insanity
- Taking things to the point of too far
- Ignorance of unknowns like foot deep puddles etc.
- Close calls
- Determination to hold a path
- Jumping over random objects like random mounds

Pussing out is called on when:
- A player goes too slowly for no reason
- Avoids a jump or other obstacle on open ground
- Puts their feet down for corners etc.
- Stops for any reason other than tiredness or impassable obstacles

Step 3: Other Suitable Vehicles for the Game.

There are many vehicles this game could be done on.

- Skateboards and long boards, long boards more so since sliding is a possibility
- Go-peds, these things tend to feel like they're going down before they do so it makes them ideal
- Quads, granted it's dangerous by now
- Scramblers, though you'll basically be scrambling
- Rollerblades, wear full protection for that one, I can imagine pain...
- Any homemade vehicle
- Forklifts, granted it's bloody dangerous
- Crackheads, providing fast thrills at the expense of giving them crack.

Vehicles it's probably not safe to do this with

- Horses
- Cars
- Cows
- Midgets, too low to the ground
- Motorbikes
- Most watercraft...

Step 4: Places for Play...

Obviously public roads cause an issue while attempting to play this game...

Forest parks and cycle tracks make good places, as do random forests...

other places like nature walks or even just any place where you can get to are good.

The main things a place should have are:

- Loose ground like gravel (for bikes etc. not boards...)
- Lots of corners
- Lots of height variations in the terrain (hilly for the layman)

Step 5: Ways to Play.

You can play for points and have an overall winner but that involves both an impartial judge and a lot of chasing...

Generally taking off in a random direction shouting commitment seems to yield the most fun from this particular game...

Several things I would suggest to bring are a mobile, food and some plasters and stuff like that, you don't fall as much as you expect to but flying through areas like forests at great speed tends to leave you cuts up all over, especially when jumping directly through a tree...

As a last note, do play safe and always be aware of your surroundings for things like traffic, human or otherwise, make sure where you play isn't private land, if it's no bikes but everyone does don't be too much of a nuisance and you wont get bothered, if it's private land check for permissions...

Enjoy playing the game, which is also known as:
- Oh balls (During play)
- Super happy crazy fun time sport achievement crazy day. (Japan)
- Raptors! (Isla Sorna - Had to consult my brother for that name, if you get it you're a geek...)
- Taco'd (generally end of play)

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darrenhall made it! (author)2013-03-07

Your bonkers - and my new hero - - big respect fella.

:-) DZ

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Rokko8652 made it! (author)2010-08-17

While I support doing unnecessarily stupid things, you really need to have a safety disclaimer somewhere in there since you are encouraging some unsafe stuff.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)2008-09-21

Haha, just noticed the Isla Sorna...JP FTW!

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Wasagi made it! (author)Wasagi2009-12-28

Yes!

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bowmaster made it! (author)2009-06-07

I like to play this on a dog sled with wheels.

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ledzep567 made it! (author)2009-04-11

i played this and now i cant lift my shoulder. single speed no suspension and no back brakes road bike on a singletrack course racing against bikes made for that course is a no-no. it was hella fun though.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)2008-09-19

Man, I'd like to play commitment with you personally...sounds so fun...

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-21

Drop by some day then... Tis a good laugh...

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-09-21

*Grins* Well, if I'm ever in Ireland...

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-21

You better be... *Grins more due to competitive nature...

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AnarchistAsian made it! (author)2008-09-19

if you saw my crappy biking skills, you'd swear i was playing commitment the whole time... *ouch*

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2008-09-06

my bike broke, the center of the rear wheel and axle came apart. i was like a mile down the road, so i rode it anyway, slower than ever. im so pissed off...

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-06

Damn, that's not good... Hopefully gets fixed, I'm waiting on getting a new freewheel at the moment when I stop pedalling the chain snaps up and down wildly a few times...

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2008-09-06

my neighbor just gave me a new bike, its new, jut the chain is no good it is REALLY frozen.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-06

try a penetrating oil, if it doesn't loosen then you may have to split it and diesel it for a few days, other than that you could get a new one or use the one on the old bike...

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2008-09-06

i've tried everything, im just gonna chop it and buy a new master link for the second one...they both dont have master links which sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do..

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-09-07

Aye but at least you'll have a working bike again. How much are master links anyway, I've never been able to find them here...

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purplemonkeydishwasher made it! (author)2008-08-29

another name: teenage weirdness. i'd like to see someone in calgary do this. in fish creek park ( a big forest place) there is a singletrack on the side of a almost cliff hill- long way down and youd land in a 1 foot deep river.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-30

At one point I nearly did something similar, the river one was worse though, I mean hanging out over the edge of a river I doubt I'd get back out of...

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=SMART= made it! (author)2008-08-17

Haha cool ! sounds fun lol midgets are unsuitable vehicles :D

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-17

Small crack heads are probably acceptable...

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=SMART= made it! (author)=SMART=2008-08-17

:D i know a few ...

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DJ Radio made it! (author)2008-08-15

the #1 dude at this sport is Tony Hawk

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-15

I have his autograph. I got it 2 days after christmas after I came home from Wal-Mart. I had Strept Throat. It was the year of 2006

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DJ Radio made it! (author)DJ Radio2008-08-15

KEWL!!!!! how did u meat him?

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-15

I didn't. I wrote him a letter.

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DJ Radio made it! (author)DJ Radio2008-08-15

oh. what's his address?

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-15

1611-A S. Melrose Drive #362
Vista, CA 92081

I think. If he doesn't respond within 3-4 months, try again. It took him 2 months to respond. Only a picure and sticker though. No words, no letter, no nothin. I think it's the address above. More addresses at: http://tonyhawk.com/contact.html

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DJ Radio made it! (author)DJ Radio2008-08-15

oh. does he autograph skateboards?

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-15

no.... you might wanna add about 90 dollars for that ;LOL!!!

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DJ Radio made it! (author)DJ Radio2008-08-15

LOL!!!!!

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-15

:D> he grew a beard :O anyway, I have no clue. But if you send him a letter don't write: Dear Tony Hawk, Can you autograph my skateboard? Thanks! -Bob Saget Send to 1234 Ilikeham Ave., Llamaville, Louisiana.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-15

not really, last I heard he didn't play... That and as good as he is he probably doesn't risk as much as you'd think that often, doing the 900 he did, a lot of the time he's within his limits, which sadly are falling due to age, even though he's a massive sellout he's got a fair few talents...

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Rishnai made it! (author)2008-08-11

What, no self-propelled-but-non-riding-lawnmower?! It takes lawnmower racing to a whole other level of fixed-wheel insanity.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-12

Gets added to the list, I'm in the process of finding a go-ped, to make in to a machine perfect for this, it should be able to drift, go around 50mph and have a boost button... Not nitro though, that's not weird enough for moi.

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jakee117 made it! (author)2008-08-07

i have a gas xg499 motorscooter

it is awesome and blows away slow unreliable electrics!

but it is 2 stroke and takes premium 93 0ctane =C

expensive

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-07

Weird, I usually chuck in normal standard 90 octane petrol in to the strimmer and the scooters I've used along with the oil and it's fine . Just a tip if you put four star leaded in they go like psychos...

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jakee117 made it! (author)jakee1172008-08-08

cool the manual says to use 93 and i bought it used and with a boost bottle

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pyro13 made it! (author)2008-08-06

Ahhh this is the best ever. we do this on our longboards and skateboards, but a bit different. We go down a very steep road, get going crazy fast, and weave past each other at 25-30 miles an hour. We call it speed... it's fun and bloody suicidal.

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shooby made it! (author)2008-08-05

Nice! Needs a bit more structure though I think, at least for this to be posted as a sport. Otherwise, it's just a race of any kind, so long as speed is held precedent over concern for personal injury.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-05

It's not just about speed it's about general daring, the point system needs refined a bit but I haven't has the chance to play it for a day or two, this was constructed while charging around a forest, not refined yet...

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shooby made it! (author)shooby2008-08-05

Right, but upon the completion of a course by two contenders, equal daring has generally been shown, unless one of the two contenders completed the course in less time. I guess speed and daring share a linear relationship when completing a course that could result in a fall.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-05

The point is that routes aren't set, you take them as you see them, contenders are free to overtake eachother and generally be as psychotic as they feel they can be. The game increases in insanity as the place becomes better known, on some parts the speed more than doubled over time there, more notable was the persuasion to go off the beaten track altogether, over rivers through ditches and such, there's one big hole in the ground like a half sphere that posed an odd attraction to me and led us on to a set of hidden trails, followed by a departure from the ground...

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AnarchistAsian made it! (author)2008-08-05

CRACKHEADS AS VEHICLES??? can you say : alternative fuel?

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-05

I thought so...

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Rockerx made it! (author)2008-08-05

Danger=Fun...I like it! I'll have to see if some friends are interested. Good way to spend a day :)

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-05

Good exercise the adrenaline keeps you going, we played for four hours straight...

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V-Man737 made it! (author)2008-08-05

My favorite part is when you say "Chavariffic!" LOL.

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killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-08-05

lol... chavs...

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