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What parents need to understand about kids and sporting events Creative Ideas for Building Team Camaraderie

It is so important to have the kids on your team bond.  You will often find that as new players join a team it takes some time for them to really be included as part of the team.  The best way to help build team camaraderie is to get the kids together outside of the team activities.   You have to think outside of the box, be creative and do something unique that the kids will enjoy that will result in team bonding.   For many years I have been the social director for daughter's travel soccer team and I spent a great deal of time organizing team bonding events.    I have accumulated a number of creative ideas for team bonding events that I have shared below. 

Great Ideas for Team Bonding Events

  • Create a night at the movies: Ask for a parent to volunteer their home, preferably someone who has a big screen TV.  Ask the girls to come up with 3 movies that they would like to watch.  Rent one of the movies on their list.  Ask parents to send some munchies  and drinks.
  • Have a spaghetti dinner: Select an Italian restaurant and work out a menu with them for pasta, meatballs/sausage, garlic bread, salad and dessert  Invites players and families.  Enjoy!
  • Create a Dedication Tape for the Coach: Select a photographer (probably the person who owns the camera) and a anchor person to ask questions.

    Break the team into groups of  2 or 3 players. Take one group at a time to film.   Have them state their name, age, position and number if it applies.  Then have them  ask each group two or three questions.  You may need to adjust your questions based on the age of your kids.  Examples:
    Why is your coach special?
    Where was your favorite tournament?
    What is the funniest thing that your coach ever did?
    What is something that your coach has taught you to do?
    What advise would you give your coach?
    Why does you coach do to make practice fun?
    What game was your favorite?
    What is the funniest thing that happened this season?
    What team is your arch rival?

    Does the team have a special cheer that they do before the game -- be sure to include it?  Also include a group picture.  If you start in advance you can include footage from events that occurred during the year.  Let the kids be creative.

    When your filming project is complete you are guaranteed to leave the coach with a smile and the kids will have a blast making it.

  • Have a Pizza/Ice Cream Party:  Contact your local ice cream parlor and set up an event.  You will want one that has a separate banquet room.  Talk to them about having pizza delivered and see if there is a pizza place in the same shopping center that could provide what you need.  Have them provide the ice cream and then put out all of the fixings for sundaes.  Include hot fudge, caramel, candy, and of course whipped cream. 

  • Tee Time:  Take the kids to hit golf balls or play miniature golf.

  • Sports Frenzy: Go to a sports related game.  It can be high school, college or professional depending on your budget.  The kids will enjoy seeing the advanced players.

  • Bowling with a Twist:  Reserve time at a bowling alley.  Often they will have a party package that will include shoe rental, pizza, drinks and two games. Do it as a father/daughter event and make it a competition.  Be sure to have some crazy prizes on hand.  Since some dads can be better than others why not add some fun to it. 
    Frame 1:   Bowl left handed
    Frame 2:   Bowl with both hands
    Frame 3:   Bowl holding your father/daughter's hand.
    Frame 4:   Bowl standing on one foot
    Frame 5:   The person next in line takes your turn for you.
    Frame 6:   Bowl right handed
    Frame 7:   Bowl between your father/daughter's legs.
    Frame 8:   Bowl with your hand on your head
    Frame 9:   Bowl kneeling on the floor
    Frame 10: Bowl normal

  • Plan an ice skating event.

  • Have a pool party:  Parents can provide meats, salads, desserts and drinks.  You can cook hot dogs and burgers on the grill

  • Have a tailgate party for a home game:  See All Star Activities: Sports Team Tailgating Page for tips and ideas.

  • Plan a family snow tubing event:

  • Have a picnic and parent vs. kids game:  This works best with teams like soccer, football,  volleyball, or basketball.

  • Bonfire/sleepover party:  Invite families to enjoy a bonfire and pizza and then have the girls stay over and sleep out side in tents.

  • Fireworks event:  Does your township do fireworks any time during the year?  Why not turn it into a team event.  Bring blankets, and snacks and watch the fireworks together.

  • Do a mall scavenger hunt: See All Star Activities: Scavenger Hunt Ideas for suggestions and lists.

  • Organize a Haunted House/Haunted Hayride night in the Fall.

  • Have a Halloween Party -- Costumes Required: Be sure to have food, drinks, games and prizes.  Let the kids vote for best costume, funniest costume, scariest costumes, most original costume.