Leadership Inspirations Activities

Baseball Thinking Game

Group members will solve a logic puzzle based on the game of baseball

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Clues, List Of Players For Each Team

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, a group will work together to solve this baseball logic puzzle (that does not require extensive knowledge of baseball).

 

SET UP

  • Print out the clues and list of players for each team (these can also be written on poster paper).
  • While you can give participants as much time as you would like to complete the activity, we recommend 20-30 minutes.
  • Note: No extensive knowledge of baseball is needed to complete this activity.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Your task is to determine each players position based on the clues given (pitcher, catcher, 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, short stop, left field, center field, right field). You have ____ minutes to complete this activity. Good luck!

CLUES

  1. George hates crouching.
  2. Carl’s sister married Ed’s brother.
  3. The Right Fielder, Pitcher and Shortstop drove to a family reunion together.
  4. John gave his brother a Harley Davidson motorcycle for Christmas.
  5. Louie plays on the right side of the field (when on home base facing the outfield).
  6. Looking from home, Honus plays to the left of George.
  7. Carl and John are brothers.
  8. The pitcher is neighbors with the 2nd baseman.
  9. Ted is neighbors with Ed and Harry.
  10. While at home, Mickey has a very short walk to the dugout.
  11. Ted plays in the infield.
  12. Honus plays in the outfield.
  13. The Right Fielder loves motorcycles.
  14. Ted, Ed, and Harry are the only players who are neighbors.
  15. Harry does not play in the outfield.
  16. Mickey is not the catcher.
  17. The home dugout is on the 3rd base line.

PLAYERS

  • Louie
  • George
  • Mickey
  • Carl
  • Honus
  • Ted
  • John
  • Harry
  • Ed

SOLUTION (do not share with participants)

  • Louie—First base
  • George—Center field
  • Mickey—Third base
  • Carl—Right field
  • Honus—Left field
  • Ted—Second base
  • John—Shortstop
  • Harry—Catcher
  • Ed—Pitcher

VARIATIONS

  • Have the students perform this activity in different groups based on things like their jobs or personalities and debrief around how the different groups approached the challenge.
  • You can also perform this activity with more or less challenging logic puzzles that are available for free online.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?