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Skiing is 4th in Sporting Activities

post #1 of 21
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The Conference Board of Canada has released a report on participation in sports.

Among the Canadian adult popultation, skiing has the 4th highest level of participation. Hockey, golf and baseball were the top 3.
post #2 of 21
Do they say what it takes to become a "skiing participant"?
Frequency, number of skiing days/season, etc.?
post #3 of 21
I am surprised. I think there are far more people who run or even train with weights. Perhaps "weight training" per say is not much of a sport, but running should qualify.
post #4 of 21
That´s why I was asking. It strongly depends on how you define. I know about some very superficial polls with highly debatable results.
post #5 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkiNut
Among the Canadian adult popultation, skiing has the 4th highest level of participation. Hockey, golf and baseball were the top 3.
But first in OUR hearts and minds?
post #6 of 21
yeah? why is golf a sport, and not running?
post #7 of 21
Why is baseball on the list. It is not a sport, it is a pasttime, which was the motto for baseball a few years ago. "America's Pasttime"



Any poll can be phrased enough to get the desired results.

100% of the skiing polulation skis.
post #8 of 21

baseball

For most of us baseball is a "pastime", we go to a game and watch or sit with a cold one on the couch.

But, for my wife .... two softball leagues ... she plays and when you add the number of kids who play from T-ball to Little League or Babe Ruth and Legion ball, that active participant number is pretty high.

I can sit through a few games a year and enjoy the "math" of baseball but as to playing .... I'd rather watch paint dry.
post #9 of 21
I guess they don't play the #1 sport in the US in Canada: Football.
post #10 of 21
I'm surprised baseball is that high on the list for Canada. The initial post said 'adult' population. For adults, I wouldn't think it would be that high in the US, either. If you factor in kids, then that would be a different story.
post #11 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Liquidnails
yeah? why is golf a sport, and not running?
I imagine beacuse it very difficult to truly gauge how many run...these other sports are the typ that you can look at the greens fees paid, lift tickets purchased, and participation in "organized" leagues. running for instance, is much more independent. (number of shoes sold really wouldn't work). same with weight training...do you go to the gym for the weights, the cardio, the courts, the classes or what?
post #12 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betaracer
Why is baseball on the list. It is not a sport, it is a pasttime, which was the motto for baseball a few years ago. "America's Pasttime"



Any poll can be phrased enough to get the desired results.

100% of the skiing polulation skis.
watching baseball is america's pasttime. playing is a sport. the most difficult task in sports is to strike a ball moving at 90+MPH with a cylidrical bat into a 90 degree arc. I forget the exact numbers, but you have something like 1/3 of a second to decide if you are swinging or not...

I am a member of the skiing population...yet I snowboard...so much for that theory...
post #13 of 21
Any poll on the top Canadian sports that doesn't include curling has to be suspect.
post #14 of 21
The study is here: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/boardw...t-Briefing.pdf

But you have to register.

Quote:
Definition of Sport
For the purposes of this study, sport is defined as:
an activity that requires a degree of physical exertion and skill,
which typically involves competition with others and a set of rules
(such as ice hockey, soccer and bowling)
or
physical activity undertaken to improve personal sporting performance
(for example, training to reduce time or improve distance).
This study excludes from its definition of sport competitions that
use motorized vehicles. It also excludes physical activities that
involve neither competition nor the intention of improving personal
sporting performance (for example, activities such as jogging for
exercise and biking to work).1
1 Other jurisdictions, including the European Union and the United
Kingdom, use a broader definition of sport (including walking), which
tends to affect participation
Quote:
Table 1
Participation in Sport, 2004, Adult Population
Source: The Conference Board of Canada, National Household Survey on Participation
in Sport, December 2004.
The Conference Board of Canada 3
Active participant
Ice hockey
6.6%
1,646,000
Golf
6.5%
1,621,000
Baseball
4.7%
1,172,000
Skiing
4.0%
998,000

Soccer
3.8%
948,000
Volleyball
3.1%
773,000
Basketball
2.8%
698,000
Tennis
2.6%
649,000
Curling
2.6%
649,000

Bowling
2.4%
599,000
Swimming
2.4%
599,000
Cycling
2.2%
549,000
Running
1.9%
474,000
post #15 of 21
I didn't know that golf or baseball were played in Canada.

I thought the four choices were skiing, hockey, MTB riding, and growing mullets.
post #16 of 21
dude, you live in Montana, you guys invented the mullet...
post #17 of 21
Nothing to spice up the off season like a good mullet debate.
post #18 of 21
I thought a mullet was just an overgrown shag and blameable on the BeeGee's......
post #19 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by waxman
dude, you live in Montana, you guys invented the mullet...
but we didn't make it synonymous with our country (the Canadian National Haircut, as I've seen it called on some websites), nor with our country's premier athletic activity (the "hockey mullet" as I've seen it called likewise).

just exactly when the mullet assumed such prominence is something for haircut scholars and semioticians to debate.
post #20 of 21
I'm not Canadian but with a daily watering of PBR I grow many a mullet back in the yard next to the ocra.




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post #21 of 21
In the U.S.A. the highest watched sport on TV is NASCAR. I really think thats atypical.
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