The Benefits of a Team Sport for Kids

Team sport is a type of sport that requires the cooperation of multiple players and focuses on developing a cohesive group as opposed to the development of the individual athlete. It’s inherently impossible or highly impractical to execute the sport as a single-player endeavor and the success of the entire game relies on team dynamics. Examples of these sports include curling, synchronized swimming, doubles tennis and some track and field events (such as relay races).

Working with teammates in team sports helps kids develop the skills they need to be successful adults, both on and off the playing field. They learn to collaborate with others in order to achieve a common goal and the diverse pairings of personalities and scenarios teach them to become adaptable, persistent, and patient. They also learn to value their teammate’s abilities and understand how they contribute to the overall success of the team, a valuable life lesson that can be applied in many situations.

Kids also learn that not every outcome will be favorable and how to deal with disappointment. They’ll likely get hurt at some point, they won’t always make the best decision and their efforts won’t always pay off. They’ll learn to focus on what they can control, such as how they train and practice and how they act on the field, and not dwell on the things they can’t change.

Finally, they’ll discover the importance of a strong work ethic and perseverance in order to succeed. They’ll learn how to train hard, set attainable goals and be committed to their sport. They’ll be able to apply these values to other areas of their life, including academics and their relationships with friends and family.