The Differences between Popular Sports in China and America
Generally, the popular sports that Chinese teens play are different from Americans.
The main sports that Chinese teens play at schools are badminton, table tennis, rope skipping, and basketball. In the U.S.A. teens also play basketball, while also playing football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, kickball, and tennis.
Chinese middle school is from seventh to ninth grade, and the Chinese students take their physical education (P.E.) exams in the ninth grade. This exam is like the FitnessGram here, but they have different items, such as long-distance running, standing long jump, rope skipping, and shot-put. This exam is very important for Chinese middle-schoolers because it is one of the cumulative entrance examinations for the best high schools. If students score poorly on the physical examinations, it will lower their academic grades, and the students are not be able to attend the prestigious high schools, which could affect their livelihood.
My favorite sport is badminton. I used to play it weekly, and I was good at it. But since badminton is not really a popular sport in America, I haven’t practiced for a long time.
I have just learned how to play kickball last week. At first, I did not want to try because the rules sounded complicated, and I was afraid of making mistakes, but Sergeant Poynter told me that I would never learn how to do something unless I tried it. So eventually, I tried. I liked it. I found out kickball was so enjoyable because it is not a serious sport, and it is played for entertainment. So now it is one of my favorite sports.