Leadership Inspirations Activities

Chicken Dodge Ball

Throw the rubber chicken to get other dyads out

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Mixer, Game

Materials

Rubber Chicken or Soft Ball

 

SUMMARY

An activity where group members will throw objects at one another in a more chaotic (and fun) version of dodgeball.

 

SET UP

  • Square off an area about 20 feet by 20 feet depending on how many participants. If you have a larger group, then make the playing area bigger.
  • Safety: Since you are throwing things around, it’s important that people throw underhand, and avoid throwing it at other people’s heads!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Everyone must have a partner.
  • Participants must stay inside the square except when the chicken is thrown outside the square.
  • When the chicken is thrown outside the square; anyone can go after it but once they pick it up, they cannot throw it at anyone. They must come up to the line and toss it to their partner inside the square.
  • When a player is hit by the chicken both the player and their partner are out and can try to distract other teams from outside the square.
  • If the chicken hits the ground then it doesn’t count.
  • If the player is hit above the shoulders (head) it doesn’t count.
  • If a player catches the chicken, the player that threw the chicken (and their partner) is out.

VARIATIONS

  • Ultimate Frisbee Rule (use if necessary)
    • Once a player picks up the chicken they are not allowed to move.
    • They can throw the chicken at anyone or try to pass the chicken to their partner.
    • Once they pass the chicken to their partner they can move again.
    • If they drop the chicken or someone knocks the pass down, they are not allowed to pick it up (anyone else can pick up the chicken so they better run).
  • Second chance rule (use if necessary)
    • Say that you and your partner have been knocked out (and are standing outside the square.
    • Pay attention to who knocked you out because if the Team that knocked you out gets hit by the chicken then you and any other team that was knocked out by that team is back in the game.
    • Example: Team 1 knocks out Team 2 and Team 3. Then Team 4 knocks out Team 1. Therefore Teams 2 & 3 are back in. The Team that knocks every other team out wins the game.
  • With a larger group add additional chickens or balls.

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?

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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
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?