Team sport refers to sports that are practiced between opposing teams, where the players interact directly and simultaneously between them to achieve an objective. The objective generally involves team members facilitating the movement of a ball or similar item in accordance with a set of rules, in order to score points.
Evidence suggests that the Mesoamerican ballgame was played as a team sport as early as 1,000 BC, with competing teams attempting to pass a rubber ball through a vertically suspended stone circle.
One of the greatest advantages of participating in team sports is that it encourages people to interact and get along with others, and teaches participants to cooperate with one another.Team sports tend to follow the human trend of pack cooperation to achieve certain physical goals, and to compete with rival humans.
Team sports improve skill level not only because others are relying on participants' performances, but because each player still has the human nature to be competitive, even against his or her teammates.
Some would argue, however, that sport is part of the mechanism of ideology. This is to say that it is part of the apparatus which aims, above all else, at the reproduction of the status quo. Partly because of the play character of the activity, i.e., because of the empty and disciplinary repetition, and partly because of the external imposition of "rules," one is arguably forced into considering sport as conditioning for acquiescing before aimless modes of production. Just as in post-industrial society the work force must learn to submit to relations of production that repress the real needs of its citizens, so too in sport do they learn to compete with and against each other, in the service of a vacuous prize.