Category talk:Precision sports

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Snooker a precision sport? Sure, you need to pot a ball in a pocket, but you don't get more points whether you hit the pocket dead on, or via one of the jaws. If snooker is a precision sport, shouldn't soccer be one as well? After all, that requires the players to put the ball in a "pocket" as well. Abigail 09:19, 3 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I thought of that, and I can't really say I have an answer. Perhaps soccer should be categorized as a precision sport (but then indirectly, via something like "sports with goals"). The difference is that as far as I see it, precision is the only physical feat measured by snooker (much like shooting). I might be wrong. (Am I?) (Of course the most interesting feat measured by snooker is tactics, but it's dubious whether that is part of what makes it a sport - then we get to the questions of such games as chess or bridge being sports or not..) -- Jao 09:30, 3 Jun 2004 (UTC)
Tactics is important in snooker in the same way it is with soccer. In fact, with soccer, the only thing that is measured is the number of goals - that is, the ability to put the ball in the goal. And while it helps in soccer to be a good runner, if you don't put the ball in the goal, you won't win. I know what you are getting at, and it might be a good idea to subdivide sports into different categories. But "precision sports" isn't a category I'd expect snooker in. Curling, bowls, darts, shooting, petangue (sp?), yes. Now, a category that combines snooker, pool, and the various forms of billiards, that might be a better idea. Abigail 09:53, 3 Jun 2004 (UTC)
Agreed. There's a whole family of such sports, and they are quite special. By all means, go ahead and create it. -- Jao 10:19, 3 Jun 2004 (UTC)