Almost all young people love to socialize and compete with their friends, and playing team sports is a great way to strengthen friendships, meet new people, and get in a bit of exercise! There are a variety of team sports that can be played in a regular, competitive way, but are also great for parties and summertime fun. If you have an indoor arena in your area, these sports can also be played in the wintertime.
Rugby is a great sport for anyone and encourages teamwork, flexibility and running. Generally 15 players are needed for each team, although a modified version is played with 7 per team. The object of the game is to score more tries than the opposite team. The opposite team is only allowed to tackle the person holding the ball. A normal game lasts 40 minutes each way with a break in-between. Although not a typical American sport, it’s very popular in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere, and there is also a women’s rugby team in Arizona. It’s a great alternative to more well-known sports.
Football is a great game for guys, girls, and mixed groups. Although football normally requires padding and a helmet, a great way is playing using a “two-hand” tackle. When the opposite team tags the player with the ball with both hands, it’s counted as a tackle and the play stops. The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team by getting touchdowns and field goals. Football is one of the great American team sports.
Soccer, like rugby, is one of Europe’s famous team sports. Soccer also encourages good team work skills. A typical soccer game is played in two halves of 45 minutes each. The object of the game is to get more goals than the other team. Unlike the other games mentioned, a player is penalized for touching the ball with their hands. Players can only touch the ball using their feet. Soccer generally doesn’t require any special gear, and anything can be used to mark the goal lines. Generally 11 players are needed per team, although in a friendly game not as little as 3 on a team works well.
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