Team sport is an activity in which participants interact directly and simultaneously between themselves to achieve a common objective. The goal usually involves teammates facilitating the movement of a ball or similar object in accordance with a set of rules, to score points against an opposing team. While there are a number of team sports in existence, the term is often applied to sports that feature teams competing against each other for championship standings, such as cricket and ice hockey. However, there are many other activities that can be considered a team sport, including athletics, swimming, rowing, sailing, dragon boat racing, track and field and even mountaineering, where competitors take on the challenge as a group rather than against each other.
The obvious benefit of team sports is the physical fitness that they promote. Participating in a team sport can encourage kids and adults to lead a more active lifestyle, especially when they are motivated by the social bonds of their group or their coaches. Additionally, group activities that require participation from a larger group can teach people how to manage their time effectively and help them to prioritize their tasks.
Participating in a team sport can also teach students the value of hard work, perseverance and setting and meeting goals. It can also demonstrate to children the importance of taking a healthy approach to their diet and that eating well is a crucial component to achieving success on the playing field or in life.