Team Building Exercises

When it comes to being a coach, the job is not only about knowing the game and knowing how to help the team improve its skills in the game. You could be a perfect shot in basketball, and you might even be able to help your team practice and give them great tips on how to aim and shoot the ball into the basket but that does not mean that your job as a coach is done. One of the most major tasks of a good coach is to make sure he or she practices regular team-building activities to ensure that the team has established a “one for all and all for one” mentality.

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These activities can be as simple as trivia or a “two truths and a lie” game to help break the ice between the members of the team. Once they get to know each other on a deeper level outside the game, they are likely to be more trusting and accepting of each other within the game. Another form of team bonding could be through the formation of a human knot. It is a group-based activity where you physically tangle members of your team between each other and they need to find a way to open up into a clear big circle, without letting go of each other’s hands.

Communication bonding is another team-building exercise where members of the team essentially speed date each other and they need to come out knowing as much about each other as possible. This way the team has built a newly formed connection and know each other at a deeper level which again helps bonding and trust between members of the team. It is only when the team is well connected and a basic sense of trust and understanding between members that a team can really be strong and perform well in the game.

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