Sports (or sports) can be broadly defined as any forms of organized, usually competitive physical activity that, through formal or informal activity, attempt to utilize, develop or maintain particular physical aptitude and skills for the attainment of an end. Sports are often associated with the game of basketball, although many other common sports can also be found, such as fencing, table tennis, hockey, cricket and swimming. The most common sports in the United States are basketball, golf, baseball, tennis, weightlifting, soccer, track and field and soccer. In international terms, the most popular games to watch are golf and tennis. Many people participate in multiple types of sports throughout their lives.
Most sports are usually governed by a professional sport organization, either governmental or non-governmental, which selects the participants and sets the rules and criteria for the competition. Some of the most well-known associations in the USA include the National Basketball Association, the Professional Golfers Association, the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Tennis Association, the National Hockey League and the United States Ski Team. International sports can also be governed by professional organizations that do not have a direct connection with the sport in question. Examples of these types of organizations include the World Federation of Association Football, Professional Golf Association and the United States Olympic Committee. In the United States, professional competitive body-building events are governed by the US Open, US Musclemen and US Fitness and Training Association.
There are several distinct types of sports. One common type of athletic activity is motorball, which is also known as softball, or “box” ball. Another type of sport is motorcross, which is similar to mothball except for the fact that participants do not wear helmets. Speed skates, roller skates and inline skates are some other examples of popular types of popular sports. In non-traditional disciplines such as fencing and table tennis, observers typically refer to the sport as “fencing”, “table tennis” or “tennis” (without the “s”).
Most sports are contested between individuals, but there are some exceptions. Sports that require teams or clubs, such as ice hockey and American football, generally recognise the competitive aspects of the sport and the need for team composition and cohesion. These games incorporate physical prowess, strategic thinking, teamwork and above all, mental acuity. The sport of golf, for example, is recognised as a game of skill, fitness and athleticism because of its high levels of concentration, stamina, agility, physical dexterity and commitment to the game. In this respect, it is different from many other sports; notwithstanding the obvious fact that golf is a game of golf clubs and golf balls.
Sports celebrations, tournaments and competitions can vary from simple outdoor games of arm and ball, to theatrical productions with elaborate costumes and professional actors and musicians. One way to classify various types of competition or rivalry is to note their scale and their longevity. For instance, football, baseball and basketball are organised sports and their rivalry extends up to national level in countries like England, Australia and South Africa. Competitions like the Olympics, World Cup, Davis Cup and thelympics are also recognised as multi-Sport competitions, but they generally have one defining characteristic: they are open to all competitors.
Sports are a great way to socialise and entertain spectator crowds from all walks of life. Sports competitions draw spectators not only because the participants are highly skilled athletes but also because the skill of the athletes is under scrutiny. Spectators do not get to see if their favourite player or team performs beyond expectations – they watch to see if they can outdo their rivals. And because the skill and physical acuity required in most sports are part of the appeal, sports can provide a venue not only for social interaction but also for intense competition, which can be highly motivating.