You already know that team bonding is essential to any successful group of players—but how do you go about doing it? Team bonding experiences should be enjoyable and constructive at the same time. In today’s blog, we will be looking at five fun ideas for successful team bonding.
For a team bonding experience that facilitates fun, communication and, of course, the consumption of delicious food, few opportunities are quite as effective as a team dinner. Schedule a night when everyone can get together and enjoy a tasty meal together—this can be at a favorite local restaurant or at one of the player’s homes as a potluck-style dinner. No matter how you choose to do it, a team dinner offers everyone the perfect chance to talk about life on and off the field and get to know each other, if they haven’t already. Make it a regular occurrence so everyone has something to look forward to, win or lose.
Exercises in cooperation
Sometimes, the best way to improve communication and cooperation on the field is by practicing these skills off the field. There are plenty of techniques you can try to build a more cohesive team, but some of the best are simply the games and activities you likely already have access to! Think about playing a favorite board game, for example, with members of your team—while fun, these games are also a fantastic way to encourage collaboration and communication amongst team members, exactly the skills necessary for success on the field.
Game viewing parties
If you all love playing soccer, there’s a good chance you love watching it, too. Gather everyone around to watch your team play live with a game viewing party or outing to the local sports bar. This will allow your team a chance to get together and unwind, while also allowing you to watch how a successful team works in real time. You will enjoy yourselves as you call out your favorite passes or offer critiques on missed shots on goal—all while spending time together as team.
If it’s the offseason or a long break between games, you and your teammates can still get together and kick the ball around or have a mini scrimmage. The key here isn’t just to hone your skills—which is a constant process—but to have fun and work together, too.
To mesh team bonding with service that benefits the community as a whole, think about working together for a local cause. Whether you serve food to needy families or work to beautify the community, you will all be able to enjoy the act of doing good for others while doing something for yourself, too: getting closer as teammates.
Which of these team bonding ideas do you plan on trying in the coming months? Be sure to let us know! By spending time with your teammates off the field, you are building relationships and communication skills that can serve you and your team well during games.