Leadership Inspirations Activities

Ready, Aim

Partners help each other avoid being hit with a ball while also trying to hit others

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Rope Or Cones, Balls, Blindfolds (Optional)

 

SUMMARY

This icebreaker plays similarly to a game of tag. Pairs have to communicate with each other effectively in order to get other teams ‘out’.

 

SET UP

  • Set the boundaries for the activity using rope, cones, or chalk. Make sure that you have a clear open space to play.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have the members of your group pair up.
  • One person in the pair must have their eyes closed at all times.
  • The object of this activity is to try to hit others with the balls and also avoid being hit. The only person that it matters that you hit is the person with their eyes closed.
  • The only person who can touch the balls is the person with their eyes closed.
  • The person with their eyes open can only verbally guide the person with their eyes closed. They may not touch the balls. They may not block the balls.
  • When you hit someone with their eyes closed, the partners switch, the person with their eyes open, now must close their eyes.
  • Everyone must stay completely inside the boundary at all times. If a ball leaves the area, the facilitator will put it back.
  • Safety: Because participants will have their eyes closed, discourage running. Tell participants that as they throw the ball they should imagine they have a string connecting their elbow and hip so that they don’t hurt each other with the balls.

VARIATIONS

  • Use this activity as a mixer – if a person gets hit with a ball the pair has to go find a new and different partner to play with!
  • You might also like Minefield!

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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?
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?