A team sport is a competitive athletic activity with a specific goal and objective that requires teammates to interact and work together to achieve the objective. This generally involves the teammates facilitating the movement of a ball or other object in accordance with the rules of the game to score points. The team members can also collaborate to solve problems encountered during play such as inclement weather, injury or the use of equipment.
Generally, team sports involve a fixed roster size (e.g., 12 players on a basketball team), although it is possible for a league to allow teams to reduce this number as needed. Some examples of team sports are basketball, soccer, rugby, water polo, baseball, lacrosse and cricket.
One of the biggest lessons that team sports can teach is that there are no shortcuts in life and that success often requires a significant commitment to training and practice. This can help youth learn the value of hard work and that if they are willing to put in the time, they can improve their chances of success in school, their future workplace and in their personal lives.
Additionally, team sports can help children learn how to deal with disappointment. Not every game is going to go the way they want it to, and they will likely experience losses at some point during their career. Learning to cope with these setbacks and using them as an opportunity to learn and grow can teach them how to overcome obstacles they will encounter throughout their lives.