When is a sport not a sport?

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Where do you draw the line with what is a sport?


Some people refer to darts and pool as sports but others disagree through lack of physical exertion.

And what about motorsport?
Some say it's not a sport because the car is often the deciding factor.
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When it's ajar. (i.e. "a jar")




Edit: no, hang on.
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I draw the line at esports. Playing League of Legends for a living *does not* make you an athlete.
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I draw the line at esports. Playing League of Legends for a living *does not* make you an athlete.
Would you say the same for chess?
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Motosports. No exercise involved for the drivers but the people in the pit crew exercise alot.

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Motosports. No exercise involved for the drivers but the people in the pit crew exercise alot.

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You're kidding right?
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You're kidding right?
Yeah

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Motosports. No exercise involved for the drivers but the people in the pit crew exercise alot.

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Have you ever looked into the fitness of F1 drivers?

Their heart rate will be at 170+ for almost two straight hours and they'll lose kgs of sweat. It's ridiculously tough on their bodies.
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Have you ever looked into the fitness of F1 drivers?

Their heart rate will be at 170+ for almost two straight hours and they'll lose kgs of sweat. It's ridiculously tough on their bodies.
Oh wow. They must eat a ton of food then

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Oh wow. They must eat a ton of food then

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Nah, they're all very very lean. they have to be to save weight.

Put it this way, Jenson Button finished an Ironman triathalon in 4 hours 29 minutes. That's enough to qualify him for the triathalon world championships and he does this just to stay fit enough to race his f1 car to the best of his ability.
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I draw the line at esports. Playing League of Legends for a living *does not* make you an athlete.
Ok, so do you draw the line at physical exertion then?

Would you count darts as a sport? Snooker?
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Ok, so do you draw the line at physical exertion then?

Would you count darts as a sport? Snooker?
A sport isn't just an activity that challenges the body, it's about how you mentally deal with situations as well. So you can practically count chess and snooker as sports, that's my logic anyway.

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For me, the difference between games and sports is the amount of luck involved. In perfect play, sports have no luck at all. As a consequence even games like Connect 4 become sports, but I think it's still a good distinction. I say perfect play (i.e., the player has perfect control within the game) as, well, people aren't perfect and they do rely on luck in matches - you definitely see 'lucky' goals or baskets occasionally in football and basketball respectively. The important thing is it's not built into the game, via dice rolls, shuffled decks, spinning wheels, etc.
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Would you say the same for chess?
Personally, yes. I wouldn't consider chess a sport. More of a game or activity. There are only a finite number of predetermined moves on each turn, and does not require any real range of motions from the player.

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Ok, so do you draw the line at physical exertion then?

Would you count darts as a sport? Snooker?
I wouldn't call it a line, more of a spectrum. While I don't see darts and snooker as 'sporty' sports in the sense that the overall effort level is much lower, they do require actual precision and accuracy from the muscles used. So yes, I'd consider snooker and darts sports.

I'd say the main feature of a sport is probably that the skill of the athlete is does derive in some way from their muscles- in terms of precision, endurance, strength etc.
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Do u class golf as a sport?


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I think that a sport requires the perfection of physical actions. Not anybody could kick a football into a goal - it requires massive amounts of practice of the physical action of kicking. Not everybody could take a golf swing, hit a snooker ball with amazing precision, or have enough hand eye co-ordination to control an F1 car.

However, anybody can move a chess piece. The skill in chess isn't physical, it's entirely mental therefore in my opinion not a sport. Sports need that physical element IMO.
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Not everyone can finish a biology exam well and that also requires skill and precision so do u class that as a sport?


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Definition - activity for pleasure, competition or exercise


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I feel that sports requires skills such as determination, agility, mental stamina, coordination, teamwork, muscular fortitude and flexibility. I would say that darts and pool requires accuracy, precision and balance whilst motosport requires mental stamina, determination and endurance.
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The gf thought that sport was when athleticism was needed to do well.

She said snooker wasn't because they weren't athletes, they had skill but they're not athletes.

Sports like football or f1 required both athleticism and skill.

She blamed this on school sports day.
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