High school teams are designed to help young people learn to compete and cooperate. Helping young people accomplish these goals requires one critical ingredient: team chemistry. By participating in team building activities, your kids will begin becoming friends instead of just teammates.
Here are some team building activities you can use to help your high school team develop the team chemistry they'll need to be successful.
According to recent research on team building strategies, allowing team leadership roles to develop autonomously helps build team trust and unity. The following games will allow your high school team to develop a number of hierarchies without having to elect or designate a leader too early:
Hierarchy by Height: Instruct your team to arrange themselves in a single-file line. Once they're in single file, instruct them to reassemble, in a single file line, so that they are arranged from highest to shortest (or vice a versa). After they're able to accomplish this feat to your satisfaction, divide your team into halves or thirds (8–10 team members works best). Have each group complete the same task, but time each group to see which is the fastest. You can use variations of this game with shoe size, hand size, or arm length. Although these metrics might seem odd, they will require your teams to interact with each other without worrying about preconceived leadership roles.
Hierarchy by Age: Instruct your team form a single-file line. Next, instruct your team to arrange themselves in a single-file line arranged by graduation year. Once they have completed this task, ask them to repeat the steps using their birth month instead. Lastly, ask them to arrange themselves by birthday date.
*For more advanced groups, you can instruct your team to complete this task without talking.
Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Today's teens are connected to their phones and social media like no generation before. One of the biggest struggles a high school coach or teacher can have getting their students and/or athletes to engage without their phones. It's also important, however, to acknowledge the role that social media will likely play in team culture and communication.
Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Begin by breaking your team into groups (5–7 members per group is ideal). Next, have everyone in the group surrender their cell phone to you except for one member. Once you've safely secured the phones, give each team a map or a list of clues to help them partake in a scavenger hunt (ideal locations for this include schools, shopping malls, and parks). Inform each team that they must reach each location and snap a group selfie as proof that they made it to each location. As the each team reaches a location, you can text or update a social media feed to keep the other teams apprised of their competition's progress.
If you're working with students who can't yet drive themselves, make sure the majority of locations are easy to access by walking.
Untangle the Knot
Cohesive and competitive teams learn to problem solve as a group. Tapping into this shared decision-making requires trust and patience. Presenting your students and/or athletes with situations that require calculated decision-making versus sheer athleticism can help your team start communicating effectively and collectively.
Untangle the Knot: Divide your team into groups of 5-7. Next, have each group stand in a circle. Once they're circle have them close the circle until their shoulder are touching. After their shoulders are touching, instruct each group member to reach across the circle to grab the hand of another group member. Once every group member has exchanged this hand-holding process, instruct the teams to disentangle without letting go of their hands their holding, so that they're standing in a circle holding the hands.
31 July 2017
A few months ago, my beloved, maternal grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday. When I was younger, she always threw me a huge birthday party at her home every year. For her 80th birthday, I planned to repay her for all of the birthday bashes she planned for me when I was a kid. The party was held in the activities building of my grandmother’s church. Because I’m not skilled at decorating for parties, I enlisted the help of professional party planners. These individuals filled the activities building with streamers, balloons, and beautiful, colorful floral arrangements. I couldn't wait to see the surprised look on my grandmother’s face when she arrived at the party venue. On this blog, I hope you will discover the benefits of hiring professional party planners to oversee your next, joyful occasion.