Basic_Concepts_of_Sport_NOTES_revJan.2010

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Unformatted text preview: BASIC CONCEPTS OF SPORT Chapter 4 Class Notes – Revised 1/2010 “Sport provides humans with their greatest opportunity to achieve human excellence” Paul Weiss, Yale University (1969) Sport- The Natural Religion Michael Nowak (1976) The Joy of Sports Organized & dramatized in a religious way Rituals (coin toss) Costumes Sense of powers outside of one’s control Figures who enforce rules Teaches perseverance, courage, sacrifice Strive for perfection? Heroes/heroines – almost saintlike? To Understand Sport, We Need To Look At: Four Related Concepts: Leisure Play Games Competition LEISURE Sport developed historically as a leisure- time activity! Can be viewed as an attitude of freedom……or a release from demands of everyday life Joy & satisfaction derived Freely chosen & not obligatory Leisure related to play PLAY Sport = “institutionalized” forms of play Something that all people do Almost always regulated in some way There are different ways of playing Sometimes governed by rules For people to want to continue in sport, play element must be present Child’s Play Adult Play When sport is most playful, it is most meaningful to participants More calculated, planned Subordination to rules Rituals GAMES Terms sport & games usually used interchangeably….but there are distinctions Any form of playful competition whose outcome is determined by: a) b) c) 3 Important Parts of Definition: 1. 2. 3. Not all games are sport, but sport is always a game! Competition is a defining characteristic of games and a fundamental quality of sport Sports Are games that involve combinations of: 1. 2. There are “chance” elements in sport (weather, bounce of ball) they are not the primary determinants of outcomes Games that have outcomes determined mostly by chance are not sports! Games that involve strong elements of strategy but no physical skill not sports! Sport Games……....
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