Team Building for Sports Teams
Team Building for Sports Teams
In the same way that occurs with work or study groups, sports teams need the right group dynamic if they want to achieve great results in the long term. It’s essential that the members of the team know each other well, are aware of their individual capacities as well as the potential of the entire group. And most importantly, that each member of the team recognizes the qualities, strengths and weaknesses of all their colleagues.
Many sports teams sign up before the start of the season or move their players around a lot from one season to another. This means the group of people that enter the team aren’t the same each year. Some members come in and others leave. This high turnover means that the technical coaches have to work hard to make sure that the different members of the team get to know each other.
The idea is to gain a high level of internal cohesion between the distinct members of the team. The higher the grade of cohesion, the easier it is to meet the goals fixed at the start of the season.
The concept of ‘internal cohesion’ is, therefore, one of the fundamental pillars in the building of a team, requiring the technical coaches to have a wide range of knowledge, known as ‘group engineering’. It’s a slow process, it needs to be well planned out and continue developing from one season to another. We’re essentially talking about constructing a team and this needs support from every side.
It’s vital that all, from the trainer to the captain, are committed to this objective and, to a large degree, lead the process. Leadership, when looking for ‘internal cohesion’ is fundamental. The majority of teams that show problems of leadership actually don´t function well as a proper team.
‘Internal cohesion’ offers a great number of benefits to the group
- Individual interests take second place to the set of shared values that bind the group.
- Internal communication is more fluid and multi-directional.
- The members of the group are more likely to jointly search for solutions in the face of difficulties and conflicts.
- It creates feelings of contentment that strengthen and reinforce the team, of which later translates into improved efficiency.
- The people that integrate into the team have a higher level of motivation.
How can we work on ‘internal cohesion’
As we mentioned previously, we’re dealing with a process that is medium to long term. In this way, the work of the trainers and technical coaches is fundamental.
For this reason it is essential to get to know the team individuals and also enhance a group ethos amongst the members. Furthermore, it’s important to work on the identity of the group so that the participants feel part of an entity that is different, unique and distinct from the rest.
Additionally, it’s key to mark out collective targets that help to cultivate a sense of identity in the group. These goals need to be attainable, if we set objectives or goals that are unrealistic we will add to frustration instead of encouraging motivation.
The trainer and technical coaches need to have close contact with the team. They need to know what is going on at each moment so that in the case of problems, a solution can be found promptly.
Neither can the trainer be an elusive figure, viewed by the team as an intrusive figure. For that reason, it is vital that the technical team identify a leader from the team, someone whose day-to-day support can be counted on.
The importance of ‘outdoor’ activities
We refer to activities that are organized and implemented outside of the usual working environment and can be totally unrelated to the team’s particular sports activity.
These type of activities are useful tools for the trainer and technical coaches, seeing as they can help to identify the different roles adopted by the members of the group (leadership, planning, egoist…) and at the same time help to strengthen the relationships between people that shape and encourage group working.
The ‘outdoor’ activities are also useful for identifying new leaders, motivating group working, enhancing internal cohesion and an opportunity for people that shape the group to enjoy, play and associate in a relaxed environment and distant from the pressure of competition.
Workings and ‘outdoor’ activities for sports teams
At Troka Abentura we have a wide variety of experiences and activities geared towards promoting and shaping working in groups, in an unrivalled environment.
We rely on a basis of activities along the beach front of Gorliz with approximately 2000 m² of open-air space, apt for celebrating the diverse land-based activities such as gymkhana, tries at herri kirolak (Basque rural sports) and other varied dynamics of team building.
We also offer a wide variety of water-related activities like aquatic gymkhana, canoe routes and BigSUP, traineras (Basque whale boats) or coasteering outings. Activities especially designed for groups to enjoy and incorporates different working dynamics.
Furthermore, we can also go to the group’s place of work to develop distinct team building dynamics, a way of carrying out ’home-based activities’.
At Troka Abentura we have spent 20 years dedicated to active tourism and adventure and during this time, we have worked with a large number of clubs and sports teams, for example, Bilbao Basket (Basque basketball team).
If you would like to receive more information please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us!