What is a Team Sport?
A team sport is any sport played with a group of players on opposite teams and involves the scoring of points. There are many different types of team sports, some include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey and tennis. Team sports teach kids how to work together and support each other in times of need. They also learn how to communicate effectively, both spoken and unspoken.
Children who play team sports are more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week, and doing so with friends can make it easier for them to stick with this habit throughout their lives. They are also learning to manage their time effectively as they juggle practice twice a week, games on the weekend and school/work during the week.
Team sports also help children develop critical thinking skills, which can be used in all areas of life. They are analyzing their teammates, opponents and the environment to come up with strategies to win. They must be able to think quickly and on their feet and solve problems as they arise. Whether it’s trying to shut down an opponent, finding ways to draw mistakes from their own players or altering their speed and footwork to suit weather conditions, team sports teach kids how to be creative and find solutions in a variety of situations.
Being on a team teaches kids that life isn’t always fair and that you have to be willing to put in the hard work. They are learning how to work with a diverse group of people, and the diverse pairings of personalities and scenarios will help them become adaptable, persistent and patient adults.