Team bonding activities improve the relationships between those working together, especially on a daily basis. Team building activities also prepares individuals for better understanding each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This understanding helps them work even better together on future progress vital to their goal to perform and be successful.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” –Henry Ford
Scheduling time for team building is an important criteria that all sports should embrace within their teams. Watching the girls work together and show genuine affection for their teammates reminds me how well our youth, given positive guidance, can create harmony and work through even the toughest of challenges. Middle school years can raise havoc among girls and boys and the drama can escalate if the adults around them don’t emulate and role model healthy self-control in solving certain conflicting situations.
Working among other individuals that have their own opinions and usually haven’t matured fully in capturing positive ways to deal with affliction in a tactful and respectful manner, can definitely bring on consequences to the well-being and healthy relationship of a group.
Having a plan to incorporate activities that build on a more positive way of thinking towards others can surely have a huge impact towards young adolescents becoming less self-absorbed and more thoughtful and understanding young adults within their community later in life.
Yesterday’s activity in implementing team bonding, I had the girls write down something positive about another teammate that they’ve noticed. This exercise was to be written out to their “Spirit Buddy” of the month. Every several weeks, I randomly choose two members to become ‘better buddies’ in hopes to building a stronger, more effective team. I feel the closer they can get to knowing and understanding one another the more productive and successful they’ll become!
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford