When you play on a sports team, your bond is vital to the success of the game. Cohesion, communication, and collaboration are required to the success of a team sport, whether teen, college, or pro level. Each member should be working towards the same goal as a puzzle.
However, like work teams, sports teams don’t always communicate correctly. That’s where team-building courses come in. These courses are perfect high-impact experiences that will teach group skills and create the conditions needed for bonding.
What You Can Expect From Team Building
Improved morale from each member of the team!
Sometimes teams can lose morale after a long streak of defeats. However, taking time off from training and trying a team-building course can help turn back on the confidence. Many times, lack of confidence and moral can be the reason that a team is not performing as expected. It much harder to play or train when you think you’re going to lose no matter what you do. Try to focus on activities that make your players feel like winners in the same way that winning a game would.
Better leadership skills for team captains!
It’s important for a team captain to be a great leader, mentor, problem-solver, and most importantly, confident. However, young teams can have struggling team captains due to the nature of the age. However, taking the team captains from all your teams to a special course can allow them to bond and grow by learning both from each other and from the course. Make sure to look for courses that challenge their ability to work together and solve problems alone. Working with only other captains can also team them when to back down and when to step up.
Find barriers that are keeping your team from getting better!
When your group seems to have hit a wall, then it’s time for a ropes course. Taking a course like this can put a strain on a team, allowing you to see where the issue is. For example, you might find that your players don’t handle high-stress situations well. In this case, focusing on how to eliminate stress on the field should take precedence at the next practice.
Clearly define objectives and goals for both the overall season and personal growth.
Playing sports is about more than winning games. Each team should have both personal and overall goals. If you’ve never set these before, then working through a course can help each member or player to find their goal. Examples include handling stress better, becoming a better leader, growing stronger, gaining more agility, or even starting to meditate to handle pre-game anxiety. For a team goal, look at how to grow together. Perhaps a goal such as, “Our team will form better lines of communication on and off the field.”
Improve processes and procedures.
When something happens before a game, such as a sickness, then you need to know how the team will handle and cope. Taking a team-building course can teach you how to create those procedures and why they would be important should you have never created them before. In addition, team building courses such as ours in Boise can show you how to handle during game changes and events.
Identify strengths and weaknesses!
Within each team, there will be strengths and weaknesses. It might not be a person, but an idea or a setup. On the other hand, maybe one person’s abilities aren’t being used. As such, you have an untapped strength. Taking a team-building course that lets each person control a different aspect than normal can show you if one person might be better than the other at a specific task.
Become better at problem-solving both on and off the field!
Lastly, if your team has issues with solving problems as they occur, then taking a team-building course might help them both on and off the field. Knowing how to react when something happens can help each player become better at their sport. Make sure you pick a course that can help your players observe, think, and implement a solution.
If you are looking for a team-building course, take a look at what Bodies in Motion in Boise, Idaho has to offer. Our team building courses are great for children, teams, and adults in need of better skills in group settings.