A team sport is an activity that requires a group of individuals (each person known as a teammate or player) to work together towards a common goal. Goals and the number of teams and participants included in a game vary from sport to sport. However, each team sport requires that individuals practice good communication skills, sportsmanship and constructive behavior (including but not limited to: healthy eating habits and regular exercise).
Often times, a team sport’s goal is to win or game or match. The act of winning can be done any number of ways, such as by scoring the most points between teams. Sports such as football, soccer, basketball, hockey and baseball adhere to such rules. In other athletic events, teams may win based on the task(s) at hand. For example, a long-distance running team may win a match based on the how quickly they completed a course, or based on the level of difficulty of the running terrain.
Team sports may require a number of teams to play against one another simultaneously. Teammates may attempt to possess a ball or similar object into a point area (such as an end zone or a goal post) while an opposing team tries to defend its point area or apprehend the ball. Other team sports may not involve direct contact between players. For example, in team sports such as swimming or track and field, teams are comprised of players that perform a specific task on their own. Then, a collective score between teammates determines which team wins the game.
Though there are variances between actual team sports, the same ideas and practices are apparent. Teams and their players must follow a set of rules, work together towards a common objective, and incorporate practice, coordination and resilience into its training regime. Every player must do their best in order for the team to succeed.