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What defines a sport?

Posted on: March 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Golf, bowling, curling, pole vault and roller-blading should NOT be considered "sports," because no defense is involved. In order to be considered a "sport," an activity must meet the following 6 requirements:

1. Athletic Ability

2. Strength

3. Endurance

4. Strategy

5. Competition

6. Defense - another team or individual can prevent you from accomplishing your goal.

In addition, a "sport" should not be judged, like in diving, gymnastics or figure skating, and one's ability in the activity should not be enhanced by the consumption of alcohol.

If an activity doesn't qualify as a "sport", it can fall into 3 other categories:

Athletic competitions: i.e. 100 meter dash, pole vault, swimming and bicycle racing.

Athletic events: i.e. diving, gymnastics, figure skating and sycronized swimming. Usually involves "impartial" judges that determing the winner. Note: judges are not equivalent to umpires or referees.

Games: Chess, bowling, golf, poker and curling.

So what's your stance? What makes a "sport" a sport?


Since: Oct 18, 2012
Posted on: October 18, 2012 3:27 pm

What defines a sport?

I would also add, that in Golf, the defense is the course itself. It is built to make it as hard as possible to make par. In that way, the player's skill is to beat the defense of the course and score under par.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:08 pm

What defines a sport?

Golf is a sport. In golf it requires athletic ability, strength, endurance, strategy, competition and defense.  Defense was defined as another team or individual that can prevent you from accomplishing your goal but it failed to mention defense of ones self. Golf is a mental struggle and a golfer must defend themselves from letting their head get to them and also not letting the pressure get to them. Golf requires a mental block which is considered defense.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2008 11:00 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 10:49 pm

What defines a sport?

Thats a very good point about the NASCAR

If you refer to point one, does it require athletic ability? Not really...

Does it require endurance? Yes

Strength? To hold the wheel in place( shakes a lot)

Strategy? Yes

Competition? Yes

Defense? In a way

So the main arguments in not calling NASCAR a sport is the fact that it doesnt require that much athletic ability

I think we'd have to get more people in on this discussion to come up with a more conclusive answer.. as they are sure to raise some more points

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 9:22 pm

What defines a sport?

This is probably the best break down I have ever seen...You define the criteria for a sport, and you still classify others such as swimming or figure skating as some form of athletic activity...I like the "defense" argument....Defense is a huge part of sports that other events such as the 100 meter or swimming does not have to deal with...both running and swimming are excellent forms of athletic prowess, but no defensive strategy classifies them as a competition not a sport.  Very good blog.  I'm digging it.

Up until this point my definition  of sport was: "if you can smoke or drink while playing, it ain't a sport."

One question though...What about NASCAR?  Do you consider the strategy involved defensive or offensive?...and what about the so called "teams" in NASCAR?.  Some times team racing can have a defensive strategy...does this change the classification?

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