What is the difference between individual and dual sports?


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In an individual sport, a player competes individually, without a partner. In a dual sport, often also called a team sport, a player has two or more partners, or teammates. An example of an individual sport is tennis, because opposing players compete as individuals. However, doubles tennis is an example of a dual sport, because each individual is on a team with one other person.

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What is the difference between individual and dual sports?
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The advantage of playing an individual sport is that the player is able to make all decisions independently and doesn't have to rely on another player or players. Dual sports can be complicated as one player has to effectively link his ideas with those of his partner. However, the advantage of dual sports is that the two players can work together to complement each other's strengths, and compensate for each other's weaknesses.

The objective of a dual or team sport is often for teammates to work together to move a ball or object to a specific zone on a court or field to gain points, in direct competition with the other team. Examples of this common type of team sport are basketball, soccer, and ice hockey. However, some team sports measure success in alternative ways. Participants in team sports such as track and field, rowing, and sailing measure success in the time it takes for the team to move from point A to point B. In this type of team sport, a team is successful if they succeed in achieving the goal faster than opposing teams.

Organized dual and individual sports originated in Greece around 776 BC with the establishment of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games began to give warriors the chance to prove their skills in events such as javelin throw, jumping, running, and wrestling. Today the Olympic Games hosts both individual and team events.

Other examples of individual sports are boxing, bodybuilding, cycling, surfing, darts, archery, bowling, golf, karate, gymnastics, shooting, squash, taekwondo, yoga and javelin. Examples of dual sports that are often played with teams of two are badminton, synchronized swimming and table tennis. Examples of team sports that are usually played with teams of two or more are hockey, cricket, football, volleyball, basketball, rowing, and handball. A dual sport varies from an individual sport in that it may need a larger playing ground. Team sports often need the largest area of play to accommodate both players and fans.

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