Leadership Inspirations Activities

Speed Hoop

Participants hold hands try to move a hula hoop around the circle as quickly as possible

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Experiential Activity

Materials

Hula Hoops

 

SUMMARY

This activity is a quick activity that works very well as an energizer, icebreaker, or quick problem solving activity. Groups can race to beat their time in moving the hoop around or race against each other!

 

SET UP

  • Have the group hold hands, forming a circle with a hula hoop on one person’s arm.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Explain to the group that they have to get the hula hoop all the way around the circle without unlocking hands.
  • Time them while they perform the activity and if the group completes the activity quickly, ask them if they can go faster.
  • For a final round – have groups pass two hula hoops around in opposite directions!

VARIATIONS

  • This activity can also be performed with an 8′ loop of rope.
  • This activity can be performed as a competition with multiple groups racing against each other.

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.?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?