What is a Team Sport?
Team sport is any sports activity that requires the cooperation of teammates to accomplish a common objective. The most obvious goal of a team sport is to win, but this can be achieved in a variety of ways. Some examples of team sports include basketball, baseball, football, hockey, and soccer.
These activities are regulated to a great extent by the league to which they belong, which sets the rules and limits on how and when they can practice, what type of players can join, how many games they can play, etc. It is these extensive external controls that make team sports distinct from other types of groups.
For example, Liew Huey Fen, 36, enjoys playing netball on Saturday mornings with her group mates. The team aspect keeps her motivated to keep going as she is accountable to her friends, and it also builds her social skills. However, she admits that the lack of time and the travel expenses can be major barriers for some people.
Despite these barriers, team sports continue to be popular all over the world as they offer an escape from our busy lives and provide a sense of community and comradery. They teach children and young adults valuable lessons that will go far beyond the field, rink or court and help them build a better, more well-rounded life for themselves as they grow. These soft skills become personal attributes that can be used to improve relationships with peers, family and co-workers and contribute to happiness in one’s life.