In sports like Football and Basketball, one star athlete can oftentimes carry a team on their back, using their individual talent to overcompensate for the shortcomings of other, less-skilled team members.
Remember Michael Vick, when he played at Virginia Tech or when Michael Jordan
made his comeback as a Washington Wizard? Without these superstars at the helm, neither team would have endured the success they did.
With cheerleading, however, every member of your squad needs to be performing at that 'star athlete' level and with competition season right around the corner, October is the perfect time to focus on building a sense of "team" within your cheerleading squad.
Team building activities are important components of any organization. They promote better communication, leadership development and teamwork. There are a number of different ways to facilitate team building activities
, so it is important for you to find activities relevant to your team's members.
Wilderdom.com contains a list of many popular team building activities, as well as links to several sites that feature additional team building resources. In this article, we review two popular teambuilding activities, so you can develop the perfect team building activity for your cheerleaders
One of the most popular team building activities featured on Wilderdom.com
is "Mine Field". In "Mine Field", objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place. In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her blindfolded partner through the minefield.
This is a great way for your cheerleaders to build trust with their teammates because it requires them to rely entirely on one another in order to be successful. Objectively, this exercise exemplifies how important trust is amongst teammates and how failing to trust one another can reap devastating effects on the team's overall performance.
Another great team building exercise comes from GreatGroupGames.com. In what the site calls, "The Best Game", large groups are split into teams of 4-5 and "members elect one person who they think will win the category. There'll be a category contest and if a person has 'the best' within the category, his or her team gets a point".
Here's how to facilitate this exercise, as outlined by the GreatGroupGames.com
1. Arrange everyone into groups of 4 or 5. Everyone has to participate in at least one round. Explain the rules: You will be announcing a contest category for the group (for example, "The Tallest"). There'll be a category contest and if a person has "the best" within the category, his or her team gets a point.
2. Each group needs to select one person from their group who they think will win the category.
3. Reveal the specific action or measurement the selected people have to do to win the contest (example: Whoever has the "The Tallest" thumb). The person with the best action or measurement wins a point for their team. The team with the most points wins the game.
The 'Best Game' is an excellent icebreaker and work well at building an increased sense of team members' camaraderie and overall sense of community.
Although the amount of information on team building activities may seem overwhelming, don't get flustered. Identify the needs of your cheerleading squad
and try to develop an activity that will strengthen these areas.
Using the information in this article, you should be able to develop a team building exercise that caters to your organization's specific needs.