[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - Aquatics centre

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 6 07:39:33 UTC 2016

John, I think you will find that many water/ice sports including the
ones you mention have specific requirements regarding the pools/rinks. A
pool for water polo/swimming/diving/ice hockey as a proper sport
requires that a pool/rink be of a certain shape, size and depth and with
certain markings, and be fitted with certain features such as starting
blocks and goals. It's like a "pitch" with surface=water/ice. 

Yes I know you can swim as a leisure activity in almost any bit of
water, but you can also play soccer in the park with jumpers as
goalposts. But that is just a leisure activity, not an organised sport
as such.


On 2016-01-06 02:35, John Willis wrote:

>> On Jan 5, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> my opinion on this is that swimming is so different from other sports that I'd use a different main tag for the structure.
> +1  
> Most "sports centres" are built around the idea of pitches/fields/courts of some sort. Solid expanses of walkable area, with specialty rooms for individual sports that also take place while on solid ground. 
> These are multiuse facilities, usually, built around the idea of pitches. Even with nets and lines, many sports can be played on a single pitch - but swimming/water polo/diving doesn't use pitches. It is not a specialized pitch, like a tennis court or soccer field. This is similar to ice skating/hockey and skiing/mountain biking runs. They are not pitches in the normal sense. 
> So facilities that cater to pitch oriented and related sports are easily called a sports centre - our sports centres also have kendo/judo and Sumo rooms, as well as normal wrestling - but you would expect to find wrestling/gymnastics/weightlifting at a sports centre. Specialized sports, but still on foot. 
> A really large sports centre may have a pool on the grounds as well. It is merely a pool. 
> Aquatics center is its own beast. It is a stand-alone facility dedicated to swimming, with 1 main pool and related facilities (usually many pools) and no pitches - a separation seen in real life throughout the world. 
> Javbw
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