A team sport is a sporting event in which individuals are organized into opposing teams and cooperate to entertain their audience. Its objective is generally to win by outscoring the other side. Some sports that are commonly regarded as team sports include basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, football, soccer, lacrosse, water polo and cricket.
While team athletes have a common goal, the nature of their interaction is different from that of individual sports. In a team sport, the simultaneous demand to compete and cooperate is more evident since players have to both compete for starting roles and cooperate for team success. The present research demonstrates that this type of cooperation, which has been previously described as incompatible with competition, does not necessarily inhibit cooperative behavior for team athletes.
Team sports are also a great way for people to develop social skills, as they learn to work with their teammates and share the burden of success and failure. These skills can help people in other areas of life, such as working and living with others. In addition, many people find that playing team sports helps them stay in shape. However, there are some barriers that prevent people from participating in team sports, including not being fit enough, lack of availability, time constraints, cost and fear of injury. To overcome these barriers, people can look for ways to play at local parks and gymnasiums, or even in their own backyard. They can also seek out a group of people interested in the same sport and start their own team.