Team sport is a type of sporting activity in which a group of players participate together to achieve a goal. This goal frequently involves teammates facilitating the movement of a ball or other object according to a set of rules, such as scoring points.
Oftentimes, sports are played between opposing teams. However, there are also team sports in which the same team competes against other teams on a single field or court (e.g., tennis).
The distinguishing feature of a team sports is the simultaneous presence of competition and cooperation among the members of the team. For example, a basketball team of 12 members may compete with each other for starting status and playing time, while at the same time cooperating to coordinate their activities for performance success.
These features distinguish sport teams from other conventional groups, such as families or workplaces. In addition, sports teams often have clear standards of effort and productivity. These standards, such as reporting to practice sessions, following instructions from coaches, and working strenuously during competitions, are established and committed by the members of the team.
These practices can help team members learn how to reconcile competitive and cooperative behavior in their everyday lives. In particular, they can teach youth to develop a sense of self-discipline and persistence that will carry them throughout their lives. In addition, they can also help them build confidence and learn to accept failure as a part of the process of learning.