Non Competitive Sports for Adults

Sports are usually competitive. In many cases, performance call for competition. Could it be something else?

What is The Meaning Of Sports?

Many people do sports, but not all of the same motives. Sport can have different meanings:

  • recreational
  • Social contact
  • Health
  • Anti Stress
  • Permission
  • limits
  • Contact with nature
  • Measure yourself with others
  • Own performance is determined, etc.

Individual Sports

Categorized by, individual sports can be both competitive and non-competitive. Swim to win, but as well try your lap faster and faster, without wanting to do better than the neighbor.

Sports Group

Most team sports are by definition competitive. Either the two teams fighting each other, as in football, basketball, rugby, etc. is either a number of participants to each other to faster or higher or longer than others, such as running, cycling, high jump, etc.

The Non-Competitive Challenge

The purpose of the non-competitive sports now, with the same passion to perform as well as possible, but rather against the other, with the other. Some examples:

Non-Competitive Tug

In these sports, the participants lined up in two equal groups, each of which on both sides to pull rope. As soon as one team takes over, some people spontaneously join the winning team over to the other team, to restore balance there. This will take place alternately in both directions.

Non-Competitive Marathon

It’s a marathon or something shorter, but definitely not a short walk away. The riders give what they can, but if someone completely on the up and the group begins to leave behind, delaying, he has caught up to him last. And he will support it later to achieve together in the middle of the group. A very good exercise for the ego!

Non-Competitive Tennis

Classic Tennis is focused on the other player to make a mistake. Here it is just the opposite. We do not excessively difficult or hard balls, but we are trying to hit the ball as harmoniously as possible to flow back and forth, so that no one makes a mistake. The intention is to try endlessly to continue playing without errors.

Non-Competitive Badminton Or Table Tennis

Can of course also use the principle of non-competitive tennis for table tennis and badminton.

Advantages of Competitive Sports

The advantage is often talked about building a team spirit, so learn to cooperate with others, and sometimes you have to your advantage backward determine which of the group. However, this is made in non-competitive sports course. Another benefit that is sometimes heard is that competitive sports are good against aggression, because it is a ritualized form feed the last war. It would thus no longer be necessary to engage in real war. Nor can it be argued that has never been proven that the same effect can not be achieved through non-competitive sports.

Disadvantages of Competitive Sports

The most common criticism of the competition sports hooliganism and selfishness. In fairness it should be added hooliganism is a marginal phenomenon that only a small?? albeit very unpleasant?? the group should do. It is more difficult to evaluate self-increasing element. Probably on some athletes it?? I feel?? very encouraged, but not all.

Mixed sports

There are some sports already competitive both in form and in non-competitive. Some examples:

  • mountaineering
  • speleologists
  • Scuba Diving

Advantages of Non-Competitive Sports

It is clear that this is no longer going to be better than the other. We are not rivals but fellow players. The fruit of our efforts are not ourselves or our team, but for everyone. This course encourages other qualities of our nature.
There is no winner. All players are winners!

Therapeutic Possibilities

It is obvious that the use of non-competitive sports can be of great value in the re-education of criminals or help people with behavioral disorders.


It seems clear that the non-competitive sports role is not to replace the competitive sports, but rather to supplement with their new, specific methods.