Team sports 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. Team sports with wide participation include basketball, football, hammerthrow, baseball, handball, hockey, volleyball, and marching band. The term is used to distinguish itself from individual sports which are based solely on individuals’ merit like most racket sports, boxing or martial arts and individual timed races such as may occur in athletics track and field athletics or swimming.
However, racing sports like swimming, cross country running, and track and field are also contested as team sports, especially scholastically. Although they differ in many ways from ball sports, teamwork and team scoring play a major part in this competitions. As with other team sports, scoring relies on the depth and versatility of the team, although standouts can significantly affect their team’s points. Team sports are when a team works “together” as a unit.