Team Building Activity: Ball Ring

In the facilitating world, we are immersed in the abundance of activities that we could incorporate to challenge the participants for their growth and the growth of their organization. One of the most common paraphernalia for such is balls. In this blog, we’ll be tackling the challenge that is known as The Ball Ring.

Now, you need the following to do the challenge:
  1. A ring
  2. Some strings (attached to the ring)
  3. A ball
ball ring team building activity
Asia Inspection, April 2017

Number of participants:

5 to 10 on each ring prepared


With the use of the ring, the group should take the ball from point A and deliver it to point B.

ball ring team building activity
Petron Corporation, June 2016


  1. Each individual is only allowed to hold one string on one hand.
  2. Everyone should only hold the end of the string.
  3. The ball and the ring aren’t allowed to touch the ground.
  4. If the ball drops on the ground, the group goes back to point A.
  5. If an individual lets go of his/her string, the group goes back to point A. Same goes for any other violation of the rules.
ball ring team building activity
Triplewell Construction, June 2017

The ball ring activity can be productive when done by itself or when debriefing is added. To stimulate team learning, you may ask these following questions:
  1. How were you able to sustain the ball and deliver it?
  2. Was cooperation and teamwork shown? How?
  3. What were your obstacles when delivering the ball? How did you overcome them?

Just imagining being a part of your group and doing that challenge is already thrilling in itself, how much more if you do it with Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators’ Network? With us, you’d expect these challenges improved and tweaked to address team-specific needs.

  • 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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