Nowadays, there are two controversial issues about the influence of sports on the character depending on the number of participants.
Some people suppose that sports done in team helps to build a stronger character than individual sports do.
We see it in both the left and the right mindlessly and unquestioningly parroting whichever cable-news deity they revere.
Now, we see it even in America’s ultimate team sport.
If it weren’t for the “America” qualification, my first guess would have been Austrailian Rules Football or maybe hockey.
Soccer relies on the intricate interactions of 11 players on each side all at once, as does our football.
However, there are some people who are sure that sports done solely do good for the developing of one’s character much more than joint work.
They consider that sports are not for communication but for competition, and to compete is better on your own.
Basketball requires a well-organized offense with picks and passing and cutting.
Even NASCAR, unwatchable as I find it, has pit crews, one of the most impressive team displays in sports. The game where, for 90% of the live action, it is merely pitcher versus batter.