JerseyRider

Airsoft. Hobby or Sport?

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This is like the chicken and the egg and AHH no one can decide

To be honest i am totaly split down the middle

 

On one side its a competition and its physically challenging

 

But on the other you can spend alot of money on collecting equipment and trying to reenact down to language and tactic's

 

well maybe the meanings could help us out??

 

Sport:

Sport is an activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

 

Hobby:

A hobby is an activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, often in one's spare time.

 

MMMMMMMMM <_<

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oh crap that is hard. I have always called it a sport to people who dont know what airsoft is. However I see what you are saying. Whenever I speak to airsoft players I would say "This hobby...."

 

So yep strange 50/50 on this one ha ha

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Depends how you are playing IMO, I'd say if your going very MILSIM it's more of a hobby where as if your more just playing for fun I would call it a sport.

 

Probably can't define airsoft as one or the other as it's both.

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I think it used to be a hobby, but now with the rules and regs. its definitely a sport. Like you say hobbys are for fun but so it sport, however sport is regulated and restricted by the big wigs who don't always partake in said activity.

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Both, a sport can also be a hobby, e.g. motocrossing, there's the high-end sponsored side to it and then there's the mucking about with a cheap battered field bike for laughs.

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Ah but aren't many sports viewed on TV??

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airsoft tv ftw

 

B)

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Ah but isnt meny sports viewed on TV??

not many non-spectator sports. There is no arghuing that climbing, for example, is a sport, but as it isnt a spectator sport there and there is no interest for it being on the telly, it isnt.

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its a sport.

 

but my HOBBY.

 

problem solved ;)

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So come on guys what is it??

 

And give your reasons why

 

 

-----Message to Staff-----

 

If this has already been posted (which i have a feeling it has but havnt found it) then feel free to merge/delete

 

 

Thanks

 

Jack

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I would have to say a hobby. The main reason for this is that there is no way to officiate a skirmish therefore eliminating the chance of fair competition. I’m sure everyone who has been to a site and taken part has witnessed people cheating, not taking their hits etc. Even with Marshalls doing their best it could never be classed as a sport due to the fact each game relies on player’s honesty which I’m afraid to say is sometimes lacking. And it really pisses me off when players don’t take hits! haha

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Thats embarrassing not only dose it already exsist but its my own topic :rolleyes:<_<

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A sport is a competitive contest between two or more sides where there is a clear result in the end, win/lose/draw.

 

IMO it can't be a sport simply because once it becomes competitive, especially if there are stakes (ie a knock out tournament or points in a league) cheating is almost certain to happen, with the more honest players being at a disadvantage.

 

The only way i would consider airsoft a sport is some of the mil-sim events run where individual teams compete against a team of marshalls.

 

The general format seems to be this - teams play the part of SAS/SWAT/ARU and take it in turns to storm a building and rescue hostages, it is against the clock with extra points for hostages rescued and terrorists killed.

 

All terrorists and hostages are the marshalls running the day. This way hit taking is never up for dispute and at the end of the days competition there is clear winner, the fastest.

 

Other than that, i would say definatley hobby.

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im so competitive that i have to call it a sport, purly to justify the fact i take it quite seriosley

 

i think it changes from being a hobby to a sport when the realism is turned up.... standard skirmishing is just mindless fun, but milsim and roleplay events are more a organised sporting event.

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I think it can be both at once, there's nothing in the description of either that say they're mutually exclusive.

 

I think Airsoft is a sport and I pursue it as a hobby - as opposed to a job - and thats because I find it a fun passtime. I'm sure there are others that take it more or less seriously than I, but I don't see why it can't be both a sport and a hobby to a person.

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