Most athletes develop their skills by playing the sport at some level. Regardless of the level, they must have extensive knowledge of the way the sport is played, especially its rules, regulations, and strategies. They often learn by playing the sport in school or at a recreation center, with the help of instructors or coaches, or in a camp that teaches the fundamentals of the sport.
Athletes get their training in several ways. For most team sports, athletes gain experience by competing in high school and collegiate athletics or on club teams. Other athletes learn their sport by taking private or group lessons, such as in gymnastics or tennis. Some sports and localities require athletes to be licensed or certified to practice. For example, in drag racing, drivers need to graduate from approved schools to be licensed to compete in the various drag racing series. The governing body of the sport may revoke licenses and suspend players who do not meet the required performance, education, or training. In addition, athletes may have their licenses or certification suspended for inappropriate activity.