Team Sport

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“TEAM- Together Everyone Achieves More.” Participating in team sports helps to develop character. It helps teach discipline, which is something every person needs to include in their lives. A team sport also encourages people to work with others as they try to reach for the same goal. People argue that sports are strictly for fun, and that they do not build character. Team sports help build character because they teach people discipline, how to work in a group, and how to have good sportsmanship.

According to dictionary.com, one definition of discipline is “to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.” Training and control are both learned while playing sports. A high school sports coach claimed “It takes self discipline to practice, because it imposes the same routines daily” (Emgee). An athlete must go to practice every day and do the same thing over and over again. Not as a punishment, but as an accomplishment because they are making themselves a better athlete. Another way team sports teaches discipline is the fact that they are TEAM sports. An athlete must know what they are doing, but they must also trust that their teammates know what they are doing. According to the same coach “It also takes discipline to trust the judgment of others” (Emgee). An athlete must understand that no matter how much they practice, a victory depends on the entire team. Working on a team is not something that’s just good for sports; teamwork applies to almost every aspect of life.
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