What is a Team Sport?
Team sport is a game or activity where teammates interact with each other in order to achieve a common objective, such as scoring points. Team sports require a high level of cooperation and communication among teammates, as well as a great deal of physical and mental strength. Kids should first be introduced to team sports around age 6 or 7, when they have the development, social and emotional skills and attention span needed to participate successfully.
Some of the most popular team sports include football, baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey and water polo. Each has its own nuances and rules that must be learned before one can play successfully. In addition to being fun, team sports also teach children life lessons such as cooperation, social interaction, self confidence, responsibility and patience.
In general, the members of a sports team recognize that they must report to practice on time, follow coaches’ instructions and work strenuously during practices in order to improve their skills in competitions. These standards of effort and performance set team athletes apart from other types of groups, and help explain their sense of groupness.
Many studies have analyzed the relationships between groupness and performance, especially in the context of athletic teams. It has been found that the most successful teams are those that have a close-knit relationship, which is not surprising since they share a common goal: victory! The most important attribute of a successful team is the ability to cooperate and think with a team perspective.