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Team Building

Team building is essential for helping a group of kids turn into a cohesive unit. Team building develops understanding that the team needs to work as a cohesive unit to be successful, builds trust, and helps team members recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

This will strengthen the team's confidence by: knowing names, team members feeling comfortable talking around one another, conflict resolution (how do decide on which idea gets picked?), and listening.

Division I (elementary) teams generally spend more time, especially in the beginning of the year, on team building. Team members that have participated before should always consider how new team members feel entering a team of children who have experience in the program.

Team Building “Games”

These games are designed for very new groups, but more experienced teams could find use in them as well. A simple Google search will turn up numerous websites (www.teampedia.net is an excellent resource).

  • Name games: If they don’t know each other, it’s hard to trust each other
    • Circle games: Name with motion, name rap/rhyme, name with characteristics about yourself, throw the ball with a name, keep a balloon up with names
    • Question game: Grid with question for each member to answer and then find another team member with the same answer, two truths and a lie
  • Human knot:
    • Do it once normally - They will probably shout at each other. Physically touching each other builds camaraderie (like a football team).
    • Decide on a goal and modify the game. For example, all team members close their eyes except one who gives directions or no one can talk.
    • Time each iteration and discuss improvements. Why is the team getting faster?
  • Cup game: Do as a group all at once or pass one cup around 1)
  • Thumper (another variant is called signs): One member bangs hands on table, someone calls out “what are we playing”” everyone says “thumper!”, then the person who called out does his or her symbol and someone else’s, that person does their symbol and someone else’s until someone messes up
  • Practice a team chant
  • Cross the river: Designate a 25 foot wide river and give them 5-7 pieces of paper. They have to cross the river, as a team, without losing touch with each other
  • The maze: Put a masking tape grid on a tarp and give the team a path noted out on a piece of paper that matches the tarp grid - they have to use signals to get someone through the grid
team_building.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/12 02:31 (external edit)