Team sport involves direct and simultaneous interactions between individuals to achieve an objective. Examples include sports such as ice hockey, soccer and cricket, where players help each other to perform the movements required for a specific task, such as kicking the ball or facilitating its movement in order to score a goal.
Research has found that participation in team sport is associated with improved physical and mental health for children and adolescents. This has been largely attributed to the ability of team sports to promote social interaction and encourage individual thinking with a team perspective.
Athletes also learn valuable life lessons from their experiences in team sports that cannot be learned in the classroom, such as working together with teammates, learning to manage stress and pressure, taking responsibility for one’s own mistakes and making decisions on behalf of the entire team.
In addition, participating in team sports provides a unique opportunity for students to improve their health and fitness through the use of hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills and agility.
Motivation, Ambition and Role Clarity
Each member of a team should be motivated to work hard, train regularly, attend training sessions, practice with passion, and strive to improve their skill. The team should also have clear role clarity. This ensures that each athlete understands that their actions have an impact on the overall success of the team and that they are valued and appreciated for their contributions to the team.