Team sport is an activity in which people, on teams, work together towards a shared objective. The ultimate goal is usually to win by outscoring the opposing team. Examples of team sports include hockey, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball.
Several things distinguish team sports from other types of sporting events, including the requirement that participants function as part of a group in order to compete, and the fact that points are scored against an opposing team. In addition, many team sports involve a large number of players. However, there are also some individual sports that involve a group of people working together (such as hiking, jogging and cycling) or some that do not feature an opposing team or score points (such as tennis, golf and shooting sports).
In addition to the physical benefits of team sports, research consistently shows that participation in these activities improves a person’s grades in school and enhances social relationships outside of the sports arena. For children in particular, playing a team sport teaches life lessons that extend far beyond the court or rink and into every day functioning as a member of society. These lessons include the value of hard work, persistence and communication. They learn to respect the efforts of their teammates and to work well with them in a supportive environment. These are skills that will serve them for a lifetime. In addition, they will develop a healthy appreciation for fitness and the importance of leading an active lifestyle.