A team sport is a form of competition where more than one person competes on a single sports-specific team. The most popular team sports are football, basketball and baseball, but there are many other teams of all sizes that compete at different levels of the game.
Team sports teach athletes the importance of collaborating with others toward a common goal. Working with a group of teammates helps them learn how to respect their fellow competitors, act in unselfish ways and make decisions on behalf of the whole team, according to the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. Team athletes also learn to value their teammates’ abilities and realize that everyone brings something unique to the group, whether it’s a physical skill set or a personality trait.
Besides teaching a sense of group responsibility, team sports provide an opportunity for children and adults to engage in regular physical activity. The increased energy from participating in a team sport can help boost self-esteem and deter bad behaviors and habits, especially for kids. Children who participate in team sports may feel a greater sense of social support with their coaches, teammates and friends than they do with the other people they interact with on a daily basis.
The team sport of rowing involves two to nine people seated in one boat using an oar and working together to propel the boat through water. It’s a highly demanding team sport that requires a lot of strength, coordination and mental toughness from each member.