The Benefits of Team Sport
Team sport involves more than just a single individual competing in a competition. In fact, some of the most popular sports in the world are team based such as football (Rules) or Australian football and cricket. Many other sports also involve teams such as curling, synchronized swimming, rowing eights and four-man bobsled.
Team sports teach children the value of commitment and hard work as they develop skills that will help them in all areas of life. They learn to respect their teammates and that they all have strengths and weaknesses and that it is important to work together. They learn to celebrate wins and share the burden of losses. In addition, they learn to practice, train and set goals and that they generally have to work harder than their peers in order to succeed.
Kids who participate in team sports tend to have better grades and more rounded personalities. In addition, they are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to be physically active and engage in regular fitness activities. They are also more engaged in their communities and have a sense of belonging.
It’s important for coaches to recognize each athlete’s strengths and define roles accordingly. For example, you wouldn’t see Lionel Messi playing goal and you would be shocked to see David De Gea up front. It’s also essential that team members communicate regularly and clearly – both verbally and non-verbally. This helps to eliminate misunderstandings and increases the efficiency of the team as a whole.