All around the world, people of all ages and all backgrounds, join together to play team sports. It allows people to escape from their lives for a little while and come together in comradery, fun, and exercise. Each sport has different rules and equipment, but overlap in the purpose of bringing people together to play a game Below is a list of team sports to choose from.
American football is a physical contact sport that includes 22 athletes on the field, 11 on each team, and up to 50-60 players on the roster. Football demands toughness and the level of physical contact with other teams make individual football teams like big families. It is an exciting and fast-paced sport that involves thorough communication between players on and off the field.
Baseball involves two teams composed of nine players. However, only one team is in the field while the other team is at-bat at any given moment. Each team will switch from offense to defense every inning. Baseball is a slower paced sport and requires players to concentrate and have consistent readiness. Every player has a role to play in the game, like the pitcher, first baseman, shortstop, and outfielders.
The sport of basketball is a quick and fast-paced game that involves thorough communication and unity between the players on the court. Each player must be able to shoot, dribble, and have continuous energy. It takes daily practice and patience in order to master this sport. Basketball involves five players on the court for each team and brings close relationships, full body workouts, and problem-solving skills to all team members.
Cheerleading teams can have anywhere from five to thirty-five athletes. This is not your typical sport in the sense of "one game and done." This involves competitions and well-rounded athleticism. For instance, flexibility, endurance, stability/strength (to catch and hold teammates), and concentration are all key in cheerleading. Faith in teammates is crucial for this sport. Additionally, there is a lack of redemption in cheerleading, therefore, if one teammate is slacking or distracted, it can derail the rhythm of the entire team. Cheering is an intriguing mix of athleticism, creativity, collaboration, and competition.
Similar to other sports, cricket involves teamwork, athleticism, equipment, and substitutes, however, in cricket, the sub can only be used when another player is injured during a game. The game involves 11 players on each team and the twelfth member participates only when the umpire allows the sub to enter the field. Equipment needed is a cricket bat, padding, gloves, balls, helmets, stumps and wickets. The goal of cricket is to score the most runs. The rules of cricket may take some time to grasp, but with practice, diligence and hard work, cricket is an exciting, momentous, and engaging sport.
Futsal is a sport somewhat similar to soccer that is played on an indoor court. It started as indoor soccer, and then the rules began to change, creating the sport of futsal. In futsal, there are five players from each team on the court at once, and one of these team members is the goalie. Similar to soccer, the goalie is the only player who can touch the ball with their hands. Unlike soccer, futsal has walls and a much smaller court, making the game faster and more demanding. Futsal is played on many levels from recreational all the way to the Youth Olympics.
In handball, two teams of seven players face off on a court in a fast and mentally strategic game. While handball incorporates many attributes that other sports have, a goalie, defense, offense, and goal of getting the ball into a net, it is unique in its skills and tactics. Each teammate is obligated to think quickly and have confidence in the players on the court with them. This game is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. With time and diligence, players will have fun, build relationships, and create mental toughness that can be used in many aspects of life.
On skates and ice, each player focuses on balancing, as well as, playing the game. Skating on ice allows athletes to move fast and powerfully. Ice Hockey includes five skaters and one goalie, creating strong bonds on the team. It is a rough and "nitty-gritty" sport that demands a vigorous and tough mentality.
Lacrosse uses equipment different from any sport, a lacrosse stick (or Crosse);this adds another dimension to the intensity and artistry of the game. For men, this game has 10 players on the field for each team, however, for women it has 12 players on the field for each team. Lacrosse teams include a goalie, attackmen, midfielders, and defensemen. Since each player has a different role, it takes communication and practice to develop proper skills in this game.
This team sport revolves around collaboration and partnership. Usually involving eight people in one boat, rowing insists on effort and hard work from all teammates. It is different from many sports, due to its "field" (the water), as well as its equipment (an oar). Furthermore, the crew is constantly sitting during this sport, so it focuses on arm and core strength more than anything.
Rugby is a rough and aggressive sport that takes confidence and boldness. Rugby demands that the players support and keep one another level-headed, due to the passion that goes into playing this sport. This game requires immediate decision making, strategic tackling, and intense practice, in order for the players to properly prepare for competition. Most important when playing rugby is kicking, catching, tackling, and choosing a position that highlights the player's strengths.
With 11 players on each team, soccer is a momentous sport. It demands multi-tasking in thorough skills in leg coordination while also being attentive to both your teammates and the opposing team on the field. Soccer uses minimal equipment, just the ball, the goal, and a uniform. The main idea of the game is getting the ball in the goal, while the idea is simplistic, the execution takes intense practice and discipline. When playing soccer there players are guaranteed to learn team working skills, perseverance, endurance, and persistence.
Similar to baseball, softball is composed of nine players for each team. The difference is that women play softball and men play baseball, as well as, while men pitch overhand, women pitch underhand. Softball takes mental toughness, being ready on the field at all times, and being prepared while batting to know when or when not to swing.
Swimming can be done individually, however, in swimming relay races there are four people to a team. Each member will swim a different stroke and performs individually. Similar to on land relay races, swimming demands support and optimum performance from all athletes. Swimming does not involve much equipment so it focuses on physical strength and mental toughness.
Tennis can be played as both a singles game or a doubles game. As a team sport, tennis is played with a doubles partner or two players on each side of the court. It requires minimal equipment to play; you'll need a tennis racquet and a can of tennis balls. The rules of tennis are easy to understand, but mastering the many strokes of the game can be demanding and require many hours of practice. If you choose to play this team sport, you will learn patience, trust (in your partner), discipline, and most importantly build valuable skills that can be applied to the rest of your life.
Track and field can include up to 12 athletes on a team. This is one of the most individual and separate team sports, requiring each teammate to fulfill their own task. Considering this sport only has one athlete running at a time, it is important to have consistent support from all members. This helps to push one another in order to achieve their common goal of winning.
Depending on the type of volleyball game, this sport can have anywhere from two players on the court for each team to six players on the court for each team. This game involves instantaneous decision making and constant attentiveness to all players on the court. It takes extreme hand-eye coordination and loud conversations between the players at all times.
Done solely in the water with seven players "in the field" (six players, one goalie), water polo incorporates both on land and in water skills and techniques. Communication is imperative in this game and forces players to multi-task by swimming, talking, defending and most importantly, attaining the ultimate goal, winning.