One of the biggest differences of nontraditional sports compared to traditional sports is that the sole purpose of non-traditional sports is not to win, but rather to enjoy it and have fun. Often times there are competitions that are set up for nontraditional sports and there are people who compete frequently in them, but never the less, unlike a basketball game in which the point is to make a shot into the basket for points, a person can ice skate just for the fun of it without doing anything to gain points or win.
This brings another difference between traditional-sports and non-traditional sports.
In non-traditional sports competitions there is no simple way to find out who won. In traditional sports it’s just as simple as who scored the most points or who finished first.
In non-traditional sports competitions, points are counted, not by the goals scored, or the baskets made, but by the score given by judges who decide how adequate the performance or technique was presented and shown.
A non-traditional sport is usually categorized as a sport or physical activity that is not as recognized or as __ as other sports. This is not say that these non-traditional sports are not known or popular. Many are actually quite well known and popular.
An example of a group of nontraditional sports that are also well-known around the world and popular are the “board sports”.
Surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and longboarding all are sports that people can take part of, enjoy, and even compete in.
In these sports the participant stands on a board and tries to ride on its corresponding terrain. These sports are considered non-traditional because there are no teams for them. A person who wishes to do it simply does it and if they want to compete they just sign up for a competition.
Often, although not always, non-traditional sports tend to be individual sports.
Ice skating is another popular non-traditional sport. Ice skaters can either just skate for the fun of the cool breeze while gliding over the ice or perform jumps and turns to gain point in competitions.
One advantage of nontraditional sports is that a person can simply try it once or do it whenever they feel like it. Anyone can enjoy surfing whether they’re good or not.
A nontraditional sport is defined as a sport that normally does not have “teams” or a specific national organization or association that represent it.