Team Building Ideas
Posted 07 May 2008 - 04:27 PM
Because of this, I never designed a running play for my Center. Tomorrow, one of the things the kids and I will do is design a play for the Center to run the ball. I'm actually going to let the team design it--with only a few "suggestions" from myself. I'm sure they will come up with a pretty "interesting" play, and when we run it on Saturday they can say that is the play they all designed. ;-)
I'm looking for any all suggestions as to what you coaches recommend for team-building excercises, as I'm always looking for great, new ideas. This really won't be the type of practice where I have the kids fall backward into a teammates arms or anything like that, mainly just a loafing session to do some fun things. Kind of an "all-skate" if you will.
Posted 08 May 2008 - 01:14 PM
Posted 08 May 2008 - 01:33 PM
It might be too late in the season to do a "team bulding" practice.I like to do that at the beginning of the season because it makes much more sense.
Agreed. We definitely do this in the first practice, and I like to "treat" the kids throughout the season. Remember, we have three practices per week, so it's more of a "let's do something different today" type thing.
After games, a lot of us will go have ice cream or something, so it's not so much that we NEED to work on our team-dynamics, but rather I want to continue to stress it.
We have the "circle of trust". I start every practice with it. Basically the kids form a circle around me, we pitch the ball around and just chat about anything. In the first practice of the week, I present the Player of the Week award (POW). This player is the captain for that week, and he get's to wear a special jersey that week's practices (which he can autograph).
I asked the team what we should do with the jersey at the end of the season (which will have all the POW's signatures on it). Last year I kept it and framed it. However, this year the kids think we should put it in a time-capsule, which is a cool idea. So in our FINAL practice, we'll bury it in a time capsule in the middle of our practice field. ;-)
p.s. I like the idea of water balloons. Every now and then I'll bust out a water gun on them, and they go BONKERS. Haha.