Marching band, a sport?
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My opponent brings up that marching band involves too much physical activity to not be considered a sport. Basically I can negate this entirely by providing another thing that isn't considered a sport that requires physical strain. My example is the all popular subject of cheer leading. This is yet to be considered a sport but still requires aerobatic feats that a band member that wasn't also a cheerleader. So as we can see here is that if cheer leading is yet to be considered a sport then marching band shouldn't.
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Marching band camp starts two weeks before school starts (i am a freshman in high school). Rookies start one week before everyone that has already been in band. First, we warm up by stretching, and doing "highjacks". The average number of highjacks (which by the way, is pretty much jumping jacks but you end with your hands together at the top of your head) that we do is about 65. if everyone doesn't end EXACTLY together, we must start over. The highest that i have done during a practice is 112. Then we run 4 laps around the field, which is about a mile. Then we take a gush n go (which is an extremely quick water break). Then we get on the field and work on each and every one of the 114 sets of our Marching show. Whenever we reset a set, we must run, or we will have to run or do pushups. We do this for 3 hours. When marching forward, we must marching heel to toe, so you can see "hi.....mom" on the bottom of our shoes. While marching backwards, you must never let your heels touch the ground. Last year i had to do that at 180 bpm for 24 counts. Try telling me thats not hard. I havent even mentioned the music along with it. and you must always keep your shoulders parallel to the sidelines. Then at the end of practice, we run the entire show.
I think, considering we do that 5 times a week, including saturdays, our practices should be considered a sport.
wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn therefore my argument about cheerleading stands, again adressing the fact that many cheerleaders could out-perform marching band members so if cheerleading isn't considered a sport why shold marching band be.
Now moving on to my opponents repeated argument on the physical fitness apect of it and all I have to say is, it takes some ammount of physical activity to anything. If you are not somewhat physically fit you basically can't do anything. And I woul like to bring up a staff writer for the Atlanta tribune saying "Band isn't a sport. I believe it is an athletic activity, but not a sport," basically what he is saying is that marching band is'nt a sport but un his opinion it is an athletic activity.
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Now my opponents repeated and basically only argument is that it requires to much athletic activity to not be considered a sport. Now let me bring up what it is like to condition for a real sport. In baseball we run 3 miles then warm up by playing catch squated down for 30 minutes then we try to drag ourselves down to the batting cange were we swing our weighted bats and do 50 pushups. Then we head back to the weight room to lift a for a regular workout after taking fielding practice. Repeat.
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