Team sport is an activity in which a group of individuals compete against each other, often against other teams, for points and championship standings. It is played with a common purpose and mutual interest, but there are also some sports where the athletes compete against themselves and not other participants (mountaineering).
The term team sport is also used to refer to social activities that encourage physical health through cooperation and coordination with others, for example, swimming, sailing, dragon boat racing, and track and field. Team sport teaches important life skills like trust, commitment, leadership and communication. It provides a healthy form of exercise and builds confidence, self-esteem and endurance. It is also a great way to make friends and to develop the ability to work in a group.
One study found that participants in team sports are happier than those who do not play, which could be because being part of a group gives the sense of belonging that leads to greater happiness. In addition, the routine of regular physical activity builds endurance and increases cardiorespiratory fitness.
There are many ways to get involved in a team sport, from playing at local parks to joining a recreational or semi-professional league. If you have a group of people interested in trying something new, try organizing a fun team-building event to help everyone bond. For example, have your team complete a blindfolded partner obstacle course and then have each member share a thumbs up and thumbs down about their day/week.