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Old 02-12-2009, 05:35 AM   #16
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Being that most racers can't finish a 100 yard dash in less than 2 minutes I am going with hobby. A sport requires some physical activity
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Being that most racers can't finish a 100 yard dash in less than 2 minutes I am going with hobby. A sport requires some physical activity
chess is considered a sport

and since my czech rc driver licence says "sportsman licence" rc is a sport
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The lack of physical activity disqualifies it from being a true sport IHMO. It is certainly very competitive, but I think it is a stretch to call it a sport. A competitive hobby, but definitely not a sport.

Tripping off the driver's stand or getting hit in the back of the calf with a truggy just don't count as sports injuries in my book.
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The lack of physical activity disqualifies it from being a true sport IHMO. It is certainly very competitive, but I think it is a stretch to call it a sport. A competitive hobby, but definitely not a sport.

Tripping off the driver's stand or getting hit in the back of the calf with a truggy just don't count as sports injuries in my book.
I'm with you. I do RC racing in the mountain bike racing off-season. I've won mountain bike races and RC races. I have to say that standing on the podium after 3 hours on the bike is much more gratifying. I really fancy RC racing now, but I'd never consider it a sport. Plus chicks dig mountain biking a whole lot more.
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To me its just a hobby. I only race at the club level for now. For those who travel to national events and race becuase their job depends on it, then you could call it a sport.

As for those who say there is no physical endurance needed, have you ever had to chase down a run away in a large lot ? That can be pretty physical.
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RC in my opinion is neither a hobby OR a sport. For me it's a lifestyle, one I got divorced over.
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This is a good discussion and it's something I've been wondering about myself.

Bowling and "sport fishing" are considered sports and they don't require much more movement than R/C racing. That is, if you take into account all the activity like wrenching, marshaling, and running around the track when you flip your car during practice. And there is poker, which is on ESPN.

I think that if those activities qualify as sports based on movement/coordination, then R/C racing would qualify as a sport, too. Plus, it meets the definitions that were stated in the original post.

I think a swimmer or football player would scoff at this, though.
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Well...i figured since this post got moved over here from a different site , i would just use my comments from over there , since i don't feel like re-typing the entire thing over again.


"I've been racing motocross for +30 years , and have reached up into the pro classes for the last 15 of them. I ran a huge indoor MX track up here in the NW for 3-1/2 years and was a personal trainer for the sport. Countless injuries ( with my last one costing a $130,000.00 and two week strapped to a breathing machine) , with wrestling for 11 years , played football , baseball , basketball...you name it...i have probably at least tried it. NOTHING has ever worked me as hard as racing MX , and if you look up what type of physical conditioning you need to race competitive MX....we are right up there with tri-athlets. With all that being said , NO , RC is not a sport! And neither is Poker , chess or stupid video games....but for some reason Poker and chess make it onto ESPN?? I still don't get that...but whatever.

I will say this though....RC , has a "sport" like feel to it , because of the competition involved in doing it. It gets you completely focused , and is a great "hobby to be in. Someone mentioned above that because it costs so much money , it should be considered a sport....sorry but that's wrong! I love driving my little RC cars , and YES i raced the 1/8 offroad for quite a while. But it doesn't even compare to the multi thousands of dollars i have wrapped up into my 30%-40% aerobatic aircraft! You are talking about $3500.00 - $7000.00 per airplane in some cases.....do i think it's a sport?...NO! It's an extremely expensive hobby. I think what confuses some people is seeing stupid board games on ESPN , they automatically think RC is a sport. It's a great , REALLY GREAT hobby , and is good for any person to get into , for the aspect of learning new things , learning how to become good , learning how to become a good sportsman , and learning how to help your fellow competitor. "





Then some guys said...it's sport just like BMX , skate boarding and such....so i replied.....

"You are missing the point! BMX and Skateboarding are completely different....they are physically demanding and you can get hurt in them. You push your body to certain limits. "RC racing is a sport....but bashing isn't"....pretty fine line there don't you think? Are you physically working harder at a race? Not mentally....but physically? RC racing is NOT physically demanding what so ever. And please don't say....."yeah....but corner marshalling is"...really? So a kid that voluteers on the sidelines , that doesn't even own a car , is participating in a sport? It's about as much excercise as playing with your dog in the back yard. Name me one friggin factroy RC car racer that physically works out , to prepare for an rc car race please. Standing on a drivers stand and just concentrating is NOT a sport. There are two many "activities" now days that get listed as sports....Poker , Chess , darts , spelling b's......holy crap give me a break. Anything that takes a Physical standpoint and causes you to exzert yourself in a contest against other opponents is considerd a sport.

You can have a 400lb fat kid on the stand with heart problems , being an extremely good driver....does this make him a good athlete? NO...it makes him very good at what he does , being a good driver. There is a line to be drawn between SPORTS and HOBBIES.....RC car driving falls into the Hobby category , no matter what anyone says. Running after a car does not count....you can run to your dang mailbox to get the mail , does that make it a sport to?

I get more of a workout washing my truck than i will ever get driving an rc car.

Someone please tell me what the Athletisism is in racing a RC car?

I don't mean to shatter some of your ego's , but if you really think RC car racing is a sport , go take some boxing lessons , or get a dirtbike and start practicing. Heck , join a WMCA and start playing soccer , or get into wrestling classes , play some softball , basketball...go running for petes sake. If you CAN'T do something that pushes your body a little , you are MISSING OUT! not only does it improve your fitness....BUT it also improves your mind as well believe it or not.

I can't believe this is even a thread worth discussing. And what's really unbelievable is some actually think it's a sport."





Then Chris replied.....and then i replied again.

"And Chris....i respect your views a lot. I have seen you on these boards for quite some time , and have always thought you have brought good knowledge to this sport with all the threads you have been involved with. Please Ask Adam that question. But to be honest....even though he is a legend in his own right , it doesn't matter what he says. Just ask him if he physically trains for his races. I'm sorry....but standing there , holding a radio in your hand and concentrating on your race , does NOT make it a sport. tell me this......what's the difference when you play an intense video game? You are doing the exact same thing...are you not?

I got a better idea.....why don't we have race where the driver has to flip his own car over. Do like a 30 minute main , and see how much excersise you can get then. THAT would start to turn this "hobby" into a sport. It would be crazy as he ll ....but you would get a workout , that's for sure."






Then some other guy again posted the same thing...And by the way , it's overley swinging towards it NOT being an actual sport on the other site. And this was my last reply....i gave up.



"You can have all the opinions you want. If you ask 100 RC car drivers if they think it's a sport....probably 90% would say no. Ask 100 people OUT of this hobby , if it's a sport....i bet all 100 say hell no!

Look.....you mentioned nascar , you obviously don't know anything about that "sport" as well. It's very physically demanding. If you want to call RC driving and racing a sport , go ahead.

ask yourself this question.......If you we're standing in a very large room , at lets say some big get together , and you started talking back and forth with some guy saying that RC racing WAS NOT a sport. And you said IT IS A SPORT.....how many people do you honestly think would back you on this? Probably NOBODY! In fact , you would probably be to embarrassed to mention that you even race RC. You would blow it off , and say "i just do it for fun"......because if you say you we're doing it hardcore.....a lot of people think it's geeky.


And for the love of pete.....just because some hobbies or activities are called sports , It DOES NOT make them a sport. I've already listed all this above.


Nobody answered my question above either.........does Adam drake or any other pro-level driver work out , excersise or anyway shape or form phsically prepare himself for his racing? You know who you should ask....is Jared tebo.....he has done a lot of MX. He has had his share of bumps , bruises and so forth. Ask him if he thinks RC car racing is an actuall sport.

Like i said....i'll get a better workout washing my car.....then i would ever get racing an RC car. I wasn't bashing either , i raced the 1/8th offroad for quite some time. Did a few RC pro series rounds as well. Did i feel like an athlete because i was racing my little rc car??.....HAHA!! the answer to that is no."





There ya have it. By the way....the rules are biased towars RC racing in a way , that you almost have to say it's a sport.

I still haven't heard on answer to my question about if even a full on factory racer honestly , physically trains for this hobby??.....still no answer on that.
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When you race it's a sport. It meets the defined criteria, and requires a level of dexterity and hand/eye coordination at least equal to that of golf, bowling, etc. And then you have to marshal, which is a degree of physicality totally absent from those sports. Let John Daly come down here and chase truggies for a 45 minute main when it's 102 deg and 95% humidity.

To answer Jeffro's question. I was marshalling a long main with Mike B. at an RCP race a couple years ago. It was July or August, it was 100+ deg. I was only running 2 classes and was dog tired already, he was running 4 and almost never has a substitute marshal. I askd him if he did anything for conditioning and he said he got in a few runs a week when he could, so there's one for you. I can tell you, I got injured last year and have just now gotten to the point where I can exercise. It's affected my driving, particularly late in the day. More fatigued, slower reflexes than when I'm in shape.

As far as ESPN comments, ESPN originally stood for the "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network", so the fact that it's on ESPN doesn't make it a sport. They still show Lions games don't they?
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Well I raced motocross from the time I was 8 yrs to 32 yrs old. In my teens until late 20's competetively. Lots of conditioning needed. The butterflies in your stomach from excitement and nerves while waiting on the starting line was awesome. Now at 39 yrs. can't afford to be layed up. I have been racing RC's buggy & truggy for the last few years and have been having a blast. While waiting for the buzzer to go off on a A main race I still get the butterflies in my stomach, not near as intence as motocross but I think it depends on how much it means to the individual. After all the money on the best servo's, engines, clutches, ride set up, tie choice, etc. and all the preperation I would definately call RC racing a sport, just a whole lot safer and no physical fitness to it. (unless you consider getting on the drivers stand physical)
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WowAll worked up over toy cars.....or should I say race cars
I don't consider rc racing a sport but after I went to Silver State last year I believe that some may consider it a sport. I was running my cars a few days before the Silver State race and watched a full on team from over seas practice. They were even all in uniform.(Pit crew and driver) If they were to tell me it was a sport I wouldn't argue with them. It was serious business to them. There were people in the park that came over to watch. They were amazed at what was going on and would have believed that this was a sport.
My only question is.....Does it really matter? If you consider it a sport or a hobby it really doesn't matter. Just go out and have some fun with your friends and family
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R/C racing is one of the only "sports" where the more you do it the more weight you can actually gain. (from lack of actual physical activity and all the beer drinking between heats).
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