Team Building Activities for Teens
Team building is the gradual process needed to achieve maximum results from teamwork. Effective team building passes through four stages: Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing. The following activities were selected to ease the team through each of these phases.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
In this phase, the players learn about their teammates and their common goal as a team. Relationships between players and between the players and the coaches begin to be formed on trust. The outcome of the Forming stage should be focused on development of a healthy team dynamic rather than the team’s current effectiveness on the field.
The Team’s Mission and Values Statement
Have the team divide into small groups of 3 to 5 players. Each group is responsible for coming up with their own version of a team mission statement and values statement. These statements describe the goal of the team as well as their guiding principles and rules. Once each group has written their statements, have them share with the rest of the team. You can then vote on the statements individually or combine the best ideas from all of them.
This activity gets the players thinking about their common interests as well as how to best achieve their goals together through the establishment of common values and agreed upon rules.
The main challenge of the second phase is establishing and fostering the “sense of team.” This stage requires the players to understand the individual contributions and expectations from each member of the team. It is in this phase that the cohesion and bonding truly beings.
In this activity, players write their strengths and talents on pieces of paper and place them in balloons to blow up and tie off. Have other teammates pick a balloon, pop it, and read the strengths found inside. Then have the author of those strengths step forward, answer any questions or add any details he or she wishes, then he or she picks the next balloon.
You can write down all of the discovered strengths on a large sheet of paper or banner. This paper can be revisited to remind the team of its individual strengths which, when collected together in the energy of a cohesive unit, creates a powerful team.
This activity inspired by North Carolina State University.
In this activity, break the team into groups of 4 or 5 players. Give them a minute of silence to think about one word that describes their team culture or how they feel about the team. Then have them share among their small group and discuss why they feel the word sums up their perception or experience of the team atmosphere. You can then have the groups share their words in front of the entire team to see how many perspectives there are.
This tip shared by About Human Resources.
This phase is the “testing” phase. Just like a prototype of a newly invented product must be subjected to rigorous tests, so must the team face the “storms” that demonstrate the strength of their unity. The stormy challenges might be provided by these team building activities, by strife within the team, or by the season’s games. Either way, it is this crucial point at which the team begins to test its bonds. Ideally, the players should come out of each test with a renewed sense of belonging, commitment and faith in their teammates and coaches.
This activity focuses on taking the positive experiences moving forward from an outwardly or otherwise negative experience.
Pair up the players in twos. Have one partner describe a bad experience they had. Give them about 2-3 minutes to give good detail and for the listening partner to ask questions. Repeat with the roles swapped. Then have each listening partner stand up and retell the story to the entire team with a focus on the positive.
The goal of this exercise is to get the team thinking with a positive mindset throughout any “storm.” Even after a brutal defeat, they will be able to better see the bigger picture with an all-important positive outlook with an appreciation for the team’s individual efforts.
This activity compiled by OnlineExpert.
This is the peak phase. By this point, the team should ideally be effective and efficient. The players should be familiar enough with their teammates to have good communication, understanding and mutual helpfulness.
The Encouragement Game
This game helps the team focus on the positive contributions and attributes of each teammate. It helps to demonstrate specific times when a player showed helpfulness, good communication, and other positive contributions.
Sit in a circle. Have each player write their name on the top of a sheet of paper. Then they will pass their sheet of paper to the left. When they receive their neighbor’s paper, they write down a single word (or preferably a short story or example) that describes the teammate’s contributions.
When the paper gets back to them, they’ll be able to see their team’s gratitude and appreciation for their hard work. The activity also reminds them to think about the times when teammates were effective or helpful. This is a very team esteem boosting exercise!
This activity was inspired by Jubed.
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