Leadership Inspirations Activities

Fast Pass

Find the fastest way to pass the ball

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

A couple of balls or objects that are safe to throw

 

SUMMARY

 
In this activity, participants start by simply passing an object to each other. The challenge becomes finding a way to accomplish this task faster and faster! Groups come up with some incredibly creative ways to achieve this feat together.

 

SET UP

  • Have everyone stand next to each other in a circle. 
  • If you have a large group (over 30 participants) you will want to split them into smaller groups to keep everyone engaged.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give a tennis ball or other small object to one person.
  • They will throw the item to one person, who will then pass the item to another person. 
  • The item needs to be passed to everyone once, until it is returned to the person who started with the object. 
  • Participants need to remember who they passed the ball to for the next round.
  • Then, challenge the group to go as fast as they can, in the same order as before. Tell them you will be timing them. This time will be their “base time”. 
  • After this speed round, tell them their new objective is to try to beat their base time.
  • The item must follow their established pattern, that is they must continue to pass to the same person. 
  • Each participant must have “sole possession” of the item at one point in time during the activity. 
  • Let the group strategize together and when they are ready, start the timer. 
    • Facilitator Note: This activity challenges the group to come with a variety of ways to solve the problem, as long as they don’t break either of the rules above, any solutions they come up with are great ideas! 
  • Tell them their new time and ask if they think they can go even faster, often time groups will have more ideas they want to try out. 
  • Continue until the group is satisfied with their “final time”.

VARIATIONS

  • You can track your group’s time as a graph on a poster paper. This visual is useful during a debrief.
  • Complete this activity with multiple items at a time for an added challenge. 
  • To use this activity as a name game, check out Group Juggle.
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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?

Meeting Skills 

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
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?