Team sports provide children with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their social skills. Successful participation in team sports requires children to learn how to cooperate with their teammates, how to follow directions and how to develop friendships. Participation in team sports can also teach children about being "good sports"--helping them develop the ability to show appreciation and respect to others for their accomplishments and to empathize with those who may not be as successful.
The Centers for Disease Control indicates childhood obesity tripled between 1980 and 2010. Budget restraints and increased pressure for academic achievement have forced many schools to cut their physical education and recess programs. These cuts remove many of the opportunities children have historically used to enjoy physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that children who participate in regular physical activity have reduced risks of “many adult health problems, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.” This is why one of the biggest benefits of team sports is that they provide children with the opportunity to be physically active.