A team sport is a sport in which the outcome of a match or game depends on collective performance during a game by members of a team. Examples of team sports include basketball, soccer, baseball, rugby, water polo, handball, cricket, and lacrosse. Unlike individual sports, where the outcome depends on one person’s performance, team sports require effective communication and coordination among all players to achieve success.
Team sports also teach children how to work with a group of people and help them learn the importance of communication and listening skills. Those skills can carry over to the classroom and other life events. Team athletes also develop positive role models and can learn how to handle adversity. They also gain a healthy lifestyle and develop a strong sense of self-esteem and pride in their accomplishments.
In addition to teaching them to work well with others, team sports can boost cardiovascular endurance and build muscle strength. Kids who participate in team sports are more likely to stay active throughout their lives and monitor their sleep and nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Research has shown that youth who play team sports have improved cognitive and motor skills. These benefits can lead to higher GPAs and a greater likelihood of graduating from high school. They also meet or exceed physical activity guidelines and often have higher body-fat percentages than non-athletes. In addition, adolescent participants in team sports have better social competence and have more psychological support from friends and family.