Team sport is a form of play involving two or more teams competing against each other. The main goal of a team is to score goals in a game by moving the ball into the opposing team’s goal. It requires stamina, hand-eye coordination and agility. Some popular team sports are football, basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball. Team sports are largely played by youth and children and are taught in school as physical education.
Unlike individual sports, team sports require cooperation and dependence on teammates in order to succeed. They are also socially significant activities that develop important interpersonal skills such as teamwork, perseverance and grit. For these reasons, team sports are an integral part of youth development and contribute to positive outcomes throughout a lifetime.
In professional team sports players, capital and land (stadiums) are combined by clubs to produce a saleable product – the game or contest. Teams compete in leagues that may or may not include other professional clubs. In most cases, the maximum roster size is stipulated by the rules of the game or by the league.
Speaking and unspoken communication is a vital component of team sports. From locker room pep talk to picking up nonverbal cues from teammates, players are expected to share their concerns, hopes and disappointments; celebrate victories; seek feedback from coaches; and develop strategies. The ability to communicate effectively is an important skill that carries over to the classroom and the workplace.