Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Physical Team Building Activities for Adults - Four Easy Activities, Games, and Ideas

Most outdoor team sports can be adapted to create physical team building activities for adults. The level of difficulty of these activities can be adjusted to suit the fitness levels of the participants.

Bridge Building: Each team will be given four automobile tires and two lengths of rope about half the length of the play area. The play area is imagined to be a dangerous river. Each team has to get across the river using only the tires and ropes, without any part of their body touching the ground.

This game involves team building and strategic planning. For example, one member can wait half way across with the rope. The member who reaches the other end is thrown one end on the rope, to which he or she ties the tire. The tire can be pulled across and the operation repeated to pass it to the people waiting at the start. This game requires coordination and planning among the team members.

Bandits: Form troops of three or more members. Disguise one person as a bandit for each troop. Each troop gets a description of the bandit, and a map of the terrain. All troops have to assemble at a predetermined place at the end of the time specified, say after two hours.

Within this time they have to capture the bandit. There will be as many bandits as there are troops, so each troop has to use the description of their bandit and capture the right person. This game requires group planning and decision making.

Jumping Relay: Form teams with equal number of members. One member from each team makes a standing jump from the starting line. From the point where the jump ends, the next team member makes a standing jump. The team able to cover the longest distance wins. This game builds team spirit and a spirit of competition.

Tightrope Walking: Tie a twenty foot rope into a circle. Let all the participants stand around in a circle and hold the rope, with half an arm's length gap between each person. All the people in the circle grab on to the rope tightly and lean backwards as much as they can so that the rope is taut. One person, with the help of a broomstick or staff to use as support, climbs on to the rope and walks around the circle. This activity promotes team building and trust.

Strengths and weaknesses are brought out during game play. Physical challenges help teams to bond together and build on their strengths.

By : Takuya_Hikichi

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