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The only way your team is going to enjoy a successful season is if the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You could have the most talented players, but they won’t accomplish much if they can’t find a way to work together. Team-building exercises can help.

If new players feel out of place or some of the players aren’t getting along, your team spirit could take a hit. These personal dynamics affect how your team performs, which makes victory less likely. To get all your players on the same page, try the following three exercises to improve camaraderie and cooperation:

Getting to Know You

Look at any group of two or more. From cops on the beat to the carpenters building cabinets for bathrooms in your home, even if they’re not best friends, they know enough about one another to feel a bond that makes them more productive. The same idea would benefit your team.

During your first practice, ask your players to share something about themselves during introductions. Make suggestions in case they’re shy. For example, ask them to share their favorite food, color or “Glee” character. If you think they’re up to the challenge, turn the exercise into a warm-up by asking them to share this info while dribbling a ball down the field.

Off the Ground

Some practice drills can be coordinated to turn into team-building exercises, helping you kill two birds with one stone. This is one of those exercises, because it gives your players a chance to practice important skills while also learning how to work together.

Divide your players into two or three teams, and have them huddle in a circle with a ball. One kid starts juggling the ball on his or her head, then passes the ball to another player, who repeats the process, and so on. The group that can juggle the ball the longest without dropping it wins. You can do this at every practice, as long as the players break up into different groups each time.

Trust Fall

A custom kitchen is designed to look exactly the way you want it, but you can’t have it without using the basics of kitchen design. Team-building exercises work the same way. You can use what works for your team, but classic games like Trust Fall never fail.

The basics of the game are simple enough. One person falls and another person has to catch him or her. While most teams do this one-on-one, dividing the players into pairs, another fun variation places one player in a circle to fall at random angles, being caught by whoever’s closest. However you choose to play, this game is the standard option for building trust among and between players.

Since your team has to work as a cohesive unit if it’s going to win, these exercises are a great way to build bonds between your players.

 3 of the Best Exercises for Building Teamwork

About Shane Jones

I have been a long time soccer fanatic who naturally loves to live and breath the sport. Having played at many different competitive levels as well as coached the youth, I have developed a passion for talking about the game. My goal is to help educate on local opportunities to become involved in the soccer community, as well as help provide instruction, and entertainment for all soccer enthusiasts.