Should marching band be considered a sport
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I believe that Marching Bands should not be considered a sport.
The Oxford Dictionary defines a sport as: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Marching band, although it requires hours of tedious practice, cannot be legitimately labeled as "physical exertion." Partaking in arduous training to improve one"s fitness for the sake of a sport is true physical exertion. Sure, marching band members practice, but does walking and playing an instrument simultaneously really count as training? Although band members do extra "conditioning," it is not strenuous or consistent enough to be considered "athletic training." Running a 10 plus minute mile a couple times a week (if that) is not very athletically demanding. High school gym students do the same thing. Although running an occasional mile might be taxing for some, that does not validate it as training and therefore, is a weak argument.
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have heard many justifications for why marching band should be considered a sport. They have competitions and practice for hours on end. So do show choirs, drama clubs, and professional eaters. Marching band requires skill and coordination. So does walking up a flight of stairs without falling flat on your face. Marching is physical activity. Yes, but that doesn"t make it a sport. Is playing Frisbee with your dog considered a sport? That"s physical activity, too.
"physical exertion - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit;"
As someone who obviously has never experienced the practices, not to mention band camp, you can not make such vastly incorrect claims. Tell me, is running 2 miles not physical exertion? Is the same true about holding an instrument weighing anything from a 3 pound flute to a 40 pound sousaphone at a 30 degree angle above horizon for upwards of 9-12 minutes at a time, all while not acquiring a proper amount of oxygen.
From other other claim that playing frisbee with a dog is not a sport, it can be, although more so for the dog than the person.
As I recognize that I am going off topic, I will refresh my argument.
Golf is considered a sport, yet requires a very small amount of effort compared to marching band. The same is true for curling and ping pong.
Aside from that, saying that during a practice or show all we do is walk and play simultaneously is quite absurd. Although it doesn't mean much to you, marching a 4/5 at 180 BPM ( in layman's terms, marching 5 yards in 4 steps at 180 bpm. To break it down further, you would be marching 3 steps, each of a length of 1.25 yards, in 1 second, or 3.75 yards a second, which would mean you are moving at 7.670455 miles per hour, all while still having to keep an up to 40 pound instrument from moving at all.).
Going to your point about physical exertion is all about improving ones fitness. Throughout the marching season (which started in early june), not eating or exercising any differently, I have lost over 20 pounds. In 5 months. Aside from this, the average temperature during band camp was roughly 105 degrees, without heat index. With heat index, the average was 125 degrees, all with only getting water ever 2 hours. The temperature got to 140 degrees, at which nearly 5% of the band passed out.
In conclusion, the absurd statement that you can say without a doubt something you have never done is easy and requires little physical effort completely invalidates your entire argument. You have absolutely no experience in the matter, which means any statement you make about how much effort it takes is completely opinionated, biased, and false.
Thank you for a wonderful debate.
That is my final argument. Thank you for this debate.
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