Team sport is a form of physical activity that involves individuals organized into opposing teams which compete or cooperate to entertain their audience. In most cases, the objective of a team sport is to score more points than their opponents in a given competition or game. While most people think of team sports in terms of physical fitness, it has also been shown that participating in these activities can improve mental and social skills.
Many sports are considered team sports, including American football, basketball, baseball and hockey. While the majority of players are male, women are also becoming more involved in team sports. These activities can teach kids valuable life lessons, such as learning how to work with others and taking responsibility for their actions. In addition, children who play team sports can develop good communication skills.
An increasing number of professional team sports involve significant financial inputs, especially the cost of players and infrastructure (stadiums). Therefore, these sports are often designed to maximise ticket sales or live broadcasting income to pay for these inputs, resulting in competitive structures that favour round-robin tournaments rather than knockout competitions.
Athletes in team sports are typically trained and prepared by a coach through a series of periods that vary between a preparation phase, technical and tactical practice, game-play sessions and ancillary drills. Practitioners interpreting data from tracking systems should apply a critical process to select metrics that are best suited to the specific characteristics of a team sport.