Team sport is a term for any sport that requires more than one person to play it. This category includes sports that feature a coach, official and team captain as well as sports where a single player competes against a rival (such as individual gymnastics or mountain climbing).
Working with teammates teaches athletes to appreciate their differences as they work towards the same goal. This skill will prove invaluable in both school and the workplace, as teamwork is a fundamental component of any successful enterprise.
In addition, the competitive aspect of team sports can help youngsters develop a sense of self worth. By requiring players to work hard for their spot on the squad, it checks their inflated measures of self-worth and elevates them by demonstrating that dedication to their sport and respecting their coaches can produce positive results.
Moreover, team sport provides young people with an opportunity to develop communication skills and to learn to cooperate effectively with others. Whether listening to locker room pep talks or debriefing after a game, athletes need to be able to express their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the team.
In addition, the memorization and repetition required by many sports teaches kids to work hard and retain information, which are valuable skills in classrooms. Taking part in a team sport also helps them develop excellent time management and organizational skills, so they can balance homework, practice and games with family and friends, work, rest and socializing.