A team sport is an activity in which there are a number of athletes on one side competing against another. Some sports that are considered team sports include baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, hockey and tennis. These types of games teach children to work together and help them build social skills. They also teach them to celebrate successes and share the burden of a loss.
The most popular team sport is soccer, known as football in the U.S. There are other team sports that require a lot of cooperation and interaction amongst teammates including curling, synchronized swimming, four-man bobsled and sprint relay races. There are even some individual sports that involve teams like rowing and sailing, but they are not typically seen as team events despite the fact that the athletes compete against each other rather than the opposing team.
Research shows that team athletes are able to cooperate with each other a greater extent than their individual competitors. This is because they are accustomed to the mental and cognitive demands of a team sport.
This enables them to better understand how their teammates play and what roles they can fill. In turn, this helps them become more supportive, understanding and patient people. Additionally, team athletes have the benefit of learning that it is necessary to practice, train and set goals in order to achieve success.
In addition, team sports also teach children the value of a healthy lifestyle and how to maintain a positive relationship with failure. This is important because every athlete experiences losses at some point in their career and not dwelling on them can help athletes to see that a loss is only a temporary setback that they can overcome with effort.