Team sport is an activity in which players act as members of a group, facilitated by a coach, to achieve a common goal, such as winning a game. A variety of sports exist which are considered to be team based, including baseball, football, hockey, basketball and soccer.
Participating in team sport provides many valuable life lessons and experiences within a group setting. One such lesson is that working with others requires respect and accountability as well as a willingness to make sacrifices for the benefit of the whole team. In addition, working together to achieve a common goal also develops problem solving skills which are transferable to the classroom and work environments.
In addition to these skills, participating in a team sport helps kids learn about healthy living and the importance of keeping physically fit. It also teaches them to work hard for their goals and that it is often not easy or quick to be successful. In some cases it may take years to reach the top of their sport. During this time, they learn that the payoffs are worth the hard work and effort that is required.
Lastly, working together as a team to compete against more talented opponents teaches the value of perseverance and dedication. It also teaches the importance of not dwelling on failures and learning from them. For example, if your child misses a kick or fumbles a ball during a game, they will learn to accept the loss and use it as a opportunity to improve.