A team sport involves a group of people organized into opposing teams who compete against one another for points in a game. This form of competition is a common feature of many sports including basketball, soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey, swimming, tennis and baseball.
Being on a team requires kids to put the success of the team ahead of their own personal goals and desires. It also teaches them that it’s important to communicate with others and listen to what other players have to say. This is a life skill that can help them in school, at work, and beyond.
While it’s possible to win a game or championship without every player doing their part, the odds of winning are much better when all members contribute and play to their full potential. For this reason, it is often said that a great team will win even when its best player is not on the field.
A number of team sports also have a “home field advantage” based on the fact that the home team has an advantage over the visiting team because they are familiar with the game environment, its idiosyncrasies, and local weather conditions; they are accustomed to the pitch, lighting, and wind conditions; they are able to practice on their own facilities; and they can count on a supportive crowd at home games.
Whether it’s a pat on the back from a coach, or a chance to play with new friends, research shows that playing team sports is good for self-esteem. And of course, physical activity stimulates chemicals in the brain that make us feel happier and healthier.