|（School of Physical Education，South China Normal University，Guangzhou 510006，China)
Abstract: From the macroscopic perspective of mode, by using the dominant force of inheritance as the criterion for classifi-cation, the authors put forward that nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports had 3 modes of inheritance, namely, natural inheri-tance, national inheritance and social inheritance. Secondly, the authors believed that the subject of inheritance changing from individuals to groups, the field of inheritance changing from villages to cities, the content of inheritance changing from rituals to body movements, the means of inheritance changing from single to multiple, and the purpose of inheritance changing from god amusement to people amusement, were specific signs of evolution of the modes of inheritance of nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports, and predicted that the mode of social inheritance would gradually become the dominant mode of inheritance of nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports. The authors put forward the following opinions: the causes for the evolution of the modes of inheritance of nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports include natural environment, science and technology, economic system, social organization and value view etc; the change of the mode of social cultural ecological structure first caused the change of various elements in the modes of inheritance, and then the change of various elements in the modes of inheritance inevitably determined the evolution of the modes of inheritance of nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports.
Key words: sports culture；traditional national sports；nonmaterial cultural heritage of sports；mode of inheritance