What is Team Sport?
Team sport is an organized sports activity in which a group of individuals, called players, work together toward a common objective. The objectives of most team sports revolve around competing and scoring points against an opposing team.
Team sports are unique in that they involve players interacting directly and simultaneously between each other to accomplish an objective. This goal is typically accomplished by teammates facilitating the movement of a ball or similar object in accordance with a set of rules.
Despite the many benefits of participating in team sports, the most important aspect is not necessarily winning or losing but rather the lessons learned from playing with a group of people. These lessons will benefit you long after you have left the court, field or rink.
The social and emotional growth that young people experience through participating in team sports is invaluable. They learn to communicate, solve problems and manage conflict in a supportive environment while learning valuable skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
A common pedagogical principle of team sport is that it should teach players to cooperate with and compete with one another. However, a number of studies suggest that team athletes perceive cooperating with teammates as being less essential to their competitive success than individual athletes do. These findings indicate that training tasks should be designed to ensure that they are appropriately modified to reflect the performance environment in which team athletes compete. Furthermore, it should be emphasized that the use of cooperative training with a focus on the cognitive representation of competition is a powerful tool for enhancing a competitive advantage in team sports.