Team sport is a form of sports in which players interact directly and simultaneously between each other to achieve an objective. The objective is typically to facilitate the movement of a ball or similar object in accordance with a set of rules, in order to score points.
A number of different team sports are commonly practiced around the world. Some of the more popular examples are cricket, ice hockey, football and soccer.
Children who participate in a team sport learn the benefits of working together as a group to succeed. They learn the value of hard work, commitment and patience, as well as how to deal with setbacks in a positive way.
They also learn the importance of communication, both verbal and nonverbal. This is something that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives, both now and as they grow older.
Emotionally, athletes experience a range of feelings while participating in their chosen sport (see Carron & Eys, 2012). These include anticipation, pregame butterflies in the stomach and postgame victory celebrations.
As part of a sports team, athletes must work with teammates, coaches and parents to achieve their goals. This is a great opportunity to develop important life skills and relationships, while also having fun!