5 Reasons to Incorporate Team Building Mid-Season
The mid-way point in a competitive season might seem like a weird time to emphasize team-building, you've likely got plenty of things you want to work on and correct, but in fact it's a great time to reignite the camaraderie and togetherness you want to foster among your players to create a special team unity.
Taking the time out of a session to do some challenging, but fun, team building exercises is a great way to break up training, and more importantly, help solidify the cohesiveness of your squad when it takes the field on match day.
Here are 5 reasons to incorporate team building mid-season.
1. Learn Something
Even if you've gone to great lengths to avoid cliques developing within the ranks of your team, certain subgroups of players will congregate together, and be less expressive or friendly with certain teammates, it's unfortunately unavoidable in many cases and happens at all levels.
However, injecting some team building into your season will offer players the opportunity to learn different things about their teammates they might not have previously picked up on in preseason.
2. Work Together
Team building exercises are a great way to get players working together for shared goal.
Iif your already well into your season, hopefully your team is connecting on all levels and working off the same script, if some are not, introducing a few exercises that require specialized teamwork and synergy is a great way to get people on the same page.
Don't overlook the power of team building, many coaches consider these practices too fluffy for their liking, but more often than not these coaches don't have players that truly care about each other.
3. Increase Communication
Focusing on aspects of team building that require explicit and thoughtful communication for success can translate into solid performances on the pitch, so embrace a few challenges that require players to communicate and build trust in one another.
That way the players will feel more comfortable verbalizing the necessary information sharing that is needed for top level teams to succeed.
4. Emphasize Understanding
Players come from all different backgrounds and walks of life, that's part of the brilliance of brining a team together, but if certain players on your team aren't quite jiving at the mid-way point of your season, team building is a great way to try and discover some commonalities between players that can enhance on-field performance.
So come up with a few exercises that ask the players to reveal something personal about their own lives.
5. Have Fun
It's easy to dedicate all efforts in training towards building the intensity needed to be solid competitive athletes, time is rightfully spent on technical ability, tactical understanding, fitness, etc., but it's also important to make sure players are having fun playing the beautiful game.
Team building is a great way to insert some good laughs and fun into a training session, spending twenty to thirty minutes sandwiched around some intense physical and mental training is a great way to remind players why they love the game so much in the first place.