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Old 08-14-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default What Sport takes the most experience to play?

I think it is Football, but I would like to know everyone's opinions and why they feel that way. And by to play, I basically mean to be good at it, and how experience benefits you and such.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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I'd think hockey. For sure.

Since it's on ice is the main reason.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:24 PM   #3
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The hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball, so that would take the most experience/practice.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:27 PM   #4
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Really guys? I honestly think Basketball. I know dudes that play all day for years and aren't great.

Football your role is limited, you have one position to focus on.

Basketball takes so much more,
- Jumpshot
- Defense
- Passing
- Dribbling
- Footwork... the list goes on
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:31 PM   #5
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Default Re: What Sport takes the most experience to play?

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I'd think hockey. For sure.

Since it's on ice is the main reason.

I agree with hockey. You've gotta deal with the difficulties of the skill aspect like any other sport except you add skating to it.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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Really guys? I honestly think Basketball. I know dudes that play all day for years and aren't great.

Football your role is limited, you have one position to focus on.

Basketball takes so much more,
- Jumpshot
- Defense
- Passing
- Dribbling
- Footwork... the list goes on

In my opinion, basketball takes the greatest combination of both skill and athleticism of all the major sports. However baseball requires more pure skill, and thus more experience. I have seen people who were tremendous athletes get good in basketball very quickly due to the fact that they were athletically gifted. Being athletic does not give you any inherent advantages in baseball.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:36 PM   #7
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Ice... Ice is a no go, so hockey is my first choice from the already listed. However, I would also add something like equine racing or jumping... pretty much ALL experience there.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:38 PM   #8
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I think it is Football, but I would like to know everyone's opinions and why they feel that way. And by to play, I basically mean to be good at it, and how experience benefits you and such.
by football you mean soccer right?
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:55 PM   #9
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by football you mean soccer right?

Yes. As stated in the title: "Sport" and not "Novelty entertainment".
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:58 PM   #10
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Being athletic does not give you any inherent advantages in baseball.


I guess steroids didn't help McGuire hit home-runs then? And anyone can steal bases, regardless of speed? Maybe we should stick Prince Fielder in centerfield and see how it goes.


As for the question, I'll go with Golf and Racing. Both sports require an understanding of the environment that goes beyond any sort of physical talent.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:03 PM   #11
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I guess steroids didn't help McGuire hit home-runs then? And anyone can steal bases, regardless of speed? Maybe we should stick Prince Fielder in centerfield and see how it goes.


As for the question, I'll go with Golf and Racing. Both sports require an understanding of the environment that goes beyond any sort of physical talent.


Steroids gave McGwire more strength to hit the ball farther and increase his bat speed. It didn't do anything for his athleticism.

Obviously there is an athletic requirement to baseball, but it is not as great as other sports like basketball, tennis, or hockey. Running and stealing bases is obviously one part that does require athleticism, but the basic act of swinging a bat and hitting the ball is based on skill not athleticism.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:05 PM   #12
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Basketball is one of the hardest to play from scratch.

I've seen kids from my HS back in the day go to the junior olympics for swimming/running and other on the football team be absolutely terrible at basketball.

The coordination required to effectively dribble and shoot takes a lot of time to develop. A lot of people can't even coordinate the jumping with the releasing of the ball at the apex, and the follow through together as one.

It takes a lot of coordination to effectively dribble a basketball while maintaining body control whether its on the post, on penetration, or in the air going towards the basket. I won't even go into the technical footwork needed to be successful against good defenders. (look at all these 'raw talents' in the nba that are taught day in and day out for years on how to move their feet and shoot yet they still can't do it)

Sure there are a lot of brutes that play bball and can rebound, defend, ect. (ben wallace, rodman) but they are not true overall basketball players. They are specialists on a team and would get raped one on one by skilled players of their caliber.

Football is one of if not the EASIEST sport to make the pros in. Offensive linemen are just huge specimen who have to move their feet to stay in front of their man and push him away from the qb. Defensive linemen and linebackers use strength and speed to tackle and their heads/instincts to know where to go. CBs are very similar. Wideouts just have to be athletic, with good hands and speed. Running backs are all of athletic types with varying degrees of speed and strength allowing them to bust through holes. QBs are really the only 'hard' position in football as they have a lot of skill involved.

Baseball players incorporate a lot of skills into swinging but there are many athletes who are a success because of their great strength as well (see steroid era). I don't know if shooting/dribbling a ball is harder than hitting a baseball but I'd say there pretty close.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:08 PM   #13
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Steroids gave McGwire more strength to hit the ball farther and increase his bat speed. It didn't do anything for his athleticism.

Obviously there is an athletic requirement to baseball, but it is not as great as other sports like basketball, tennis, or hockey. Running and stealing bases is obviously one part that does require athleticism, but the basic act of swinging a bat and hitting the ball is based on skill not athleticism.
Doesn't extra strength=improved athleticism?

The managements in the nba are always looking for raw physical talents when fundamentally sound players that aren't athletic freaks by any means are ussually better. Look at what Pau Gasol, Tim duncan, Larry Bird, etc. did with minimal athleticism and great skill.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:09 PM   #14
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Really guys? I honestly think Basketball. I know dudes that play all day for years and aren't great.

Football your role is limited, you have one position to focus on.

Basketball takes so much more,
- Jumpshot
- Defense
- Passing
- Dribbling
- Footwork... the list goes on


You can make the same case for every sport that they need to do many roles. Basketball is pretty easy to pick up. If you have a decent skill you can get some PT, etc.

Hardest sport is probably Football.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:40 PM   #15
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I'd say baseball, hockey, maybe golf. I would think basketball is one of the easiest.
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