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Is Robotics a Sport? No.

By: Michael Bentley

The 2018 First Robotics Competition (FRC) season is a week and a half old, but some members on the team still question the phrase of robotics being a sport. Photo by Ethan Yu.




  1. An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Skill: check. Competition: check. For entertainment: check. Physical exertion: not quite. Competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition, as the d.tech robotics team does, may check off most of the boxes required to be a sport, but it does not meet them all. As the programming lead on the robotics team, I firmly believe that robotics has no “physical exertion” in it whatsoever and should not be considered a sport.

The only consistent person involved in each robotics competition is the human controller, whose sole job is to move the joysticks on an Xbox controller; that’s not exactly physically exerting. Additionally, the human control period is only two minutes and fifteen seconds. If your hands feel exerted after that, you might need to consult a doctor. A simple guideline to determine if an activity is physically exerting is to see if steroids would enhance your ability. I am rather confident that taking steroids would not help you use an Xbox controller, and if anything, this standard is much too lenient because it would consider bowling a sport.

Now you may be thinking, “What about Marcus, the d.tech Athletic Director, who thinks that robotics is a sport?” That is a logical fallacy. Having the title Athletic Director doesn’t mean you have authority on what is or isn’t a sport. This is also clearly a secret plot by him to slowly expand his power. First robotics becomes a sport and falls under his purview then the eSports club. Who knows? – maybe he will eventually consider Jew Crew a sport, and have control over all of d.tech.

I encourage the students of d.tech to stand with me on one of the most groundbreaking issues of the past century. We cannot let this tyrannical robotics team rule our lives, force us to deny the facts, and consider robotics a sport.

4 thoughts on “Is Robotics a Sport? No.

  1. You say being on a robotics team is not physical exercise. What about building the robot. I was on a tram this build season, and i can definitely say it is physical. I would consider moving robots, moving larger game pieces, and metal moving is very physical. I don’t know how you think it isn’t physical, we are lifting 120 pound robots around. Sincerly, a robotics student.

  2. I do agree that Robotics is a sport, in a different dictionary, robotics technically fits the definition of a sport, however based off of that same definition (any leisure activity that gives enjoyment or recreation), wiping your bottom could be considered a sport (if you are weird enough to enjoy that…) If you are going to call robotics a sport, at least acknowledge that robotics is more of an activity/mental sport, also, please don’t put it right next to other sports such as soccer, or basketball. Sincerely, someone who does robotics, and plays soccer and baseball.

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