- Type: An initiative that highlights the value of cooperation rather than competition.
- Group Size: From 8 – 50.
- Space Required: a large, relatively flat open space at least 30 feet square. Works indoors or out.
- Time Required: 20 – 45 minutes.
- Props Required: 5 Hula Hoops or 5 Rope Rings and 60-70 tennis balls or 60 to 70 one inch cut pieces of pool noodles
Setup and Objective:
Arrange four hula hoops on the ground spread out from each other at the four corners of an imaginary 25-foot square; place with the one in the middle (imagine the dots on the five side of a dice).
Place all tennis balls in the middle (neutral) hoop.
Divide into four even teams. I put the teams into their already existing work team. For example; Sales, Accounting, Engineering, Administrative, etc…
There is no throwing or tossing of the balls.
All the balls must be out of the middle before you can take them from others hoops.
No, defending the hoops.
Play will last for 3-5 minutes, at which point the participants will be out of breath and no nearer to winning. Signal a pause and ask them to regroup with their teams and strategize for two minutes. One group or another may come up with the creative solution. Most groups, however, will try to position the people “strategically,” plan for faster ball transfers, etc. After two minutes, signal time, have them return to their starting positions, the Ready, Set, Go.
After 3-5 minutes, participants will still be no nearer winning and starting to become a little frustrated. Signal another pause, and ask them to circle up as a group and perhaps “develop a system of information and resource distribution that benefits the organization, as opposed to the team.”