Humanity has always gravitated toward sports. There are a number of reasons for this. Our early ancestors would have played a rudimentary form of sport as exercise and for entertainment. As society advanced sport also became an industry, garnering spectators, betting and teams that can be used for profit. This all culminated in the modern day where sports dominate the world. They are a measure of physical achievement. They are a way of people settling scores and entertaining themselves. But above all else, they bring us together as a species. And if sports bring us together, then being in a team is the ultimate bond you can form. Below we are going to be looking at why Team Building is vital for the survival and success of any sports team, no matter your game.
In any sport, trust is absolutely everything. Any sport that requires a team will require that team to function as a whole. This cannot happen without trust. In strategic terms, you need to be able to trust that your teammate is where they are supposed to be when you need them to be there. In football, you need to trust you can pass the ball and they will receive it. This sort of trust falls down to rigorous training as a team to make sure you know your teammates as on the ball, but also that they know you are.
But a team cannot wor of this trust alone. For a team to function it needs to work as a proper team. The trust between players needs to be deeper than simply knowing your teammates can play. It has been proven that people who trust each other on a deeper level are able to function together better at any task than people who don’t. And when you are competing, this can mean the difference between victory and defeat. So it is vital that your team building involves learning how to communicate with each other and build stronger bonds.
Team building exercises also involve building strategies that work off your teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Different players will be better at some things than others and will often be more comfortable in a different position on the field. For any team to succeed it needs to make sure it understands these strengths and weaknesses. To discover peoples different strengths and weaknesses, you could look at playing different information gathering games with the team. A great game is ‘Who is most likely to‘ which can be altered to include questions specific to the sport and strategy that will be employed. Through this method, you can discover who is best suited for what role in your team. In the world of sport, the strategy is often first, with physical skill being a close second. So this is an important aspect that can’t be overlooked for any team keen to win!
Team building is also a fantastic way to improve the physical fitness of yourself and the rest of the team. Two birds with one stone. There are so many great exercise regimes that require people to partner up. By practising these methods your team will become closer than ever before and learn to trust each other even more.
A great starting point is a group running. Running together as a team will teach you all to pace your self and move as a single unit, rather than running ahead and leaving the team behind. Another method is spotting while at the gym. Using a buddy system to alternate spotters means you are going to get quality one-on-one time with each other and will bond like never before.
Tackling an outdoors obstacle course as a team is another great method for team building and exercise. Everyone has seen the fantastic, yet challenging, courses that exist. Wall climbing, pole jumping, balancing acts and climbing sections. All this and more is designed to test you and your team. By working together you will find you are bonding and getting in a solid workout at the same time.
All of these points culminate to show you why team building is one of, if not the most important aspect any sports team needs to consider.