Team Building Activity: The Ball Game

The desire to achieve something relevant in work is an important motivator for all employees. This is in contrast to complacency and mediocrity, where we simply settle for the average or below average output that we have.

The Ball Game is one activity that is aimed to the achievement striving of your team. The activity is called as such, since it simply involves the throwing and catching of a ball.

Here is everything you need to know to conduct the Ball Game:

Participants:

8-10 people per group

Materials:

One plastic ball per group
Stopwatch

Objective:

Each member of the team has to touch the ball with the lowest time possible.

Instructions:

  1. Each group has to form a circle.

  2. Each member has to pass the ball to another member in FRONT of them. They cannot pass to a person right beside them.
  3. Once the first member of the team throws the ball, the facilitator will start to time their performance.
  4. The ball should not fall down the floor and cannot touch anything other than the participants' hands.
  5. Each person cannot hold the ball for more than 3 seconds.
  6. Failure to comply with the steps 2 to 4 will result in a restart for the team.
  7. Once each member of the team has touched the ball, the facilitator will show the team’s allotted time.
  8. It is the prerogative of the team to try and beat their old score or not. New ways to create beat old records are encouraged.

Some post-activity questions to stimulate reflection include:
  1. How did your team achieve your best record?
  2. What factors contributed to your success? The lack of it?
  3. How do these factors relate to the workplace?

Here's a video of how it is done and a possible solution.


The Ball Game can be played with one or many groups of people. It can also stimulate healthy competition among groups, allowing them to strive for better records. When you want a team building to encourage achievement and excellence, be sure to try The Ball Game on your team members.    

Notes:
  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network . Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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