Team building exercises are a great way to get the team together, get to know each other a little better, and most importantly they are suppose to be fun! There are many games out there that teams can do. They can be physical challenges or they can be more personable. Here is an example of an exercise you go do with your teammates:
Activity: 2 truths and 1 lie introductions game
Instruction to team:
Introduce yourself by stating your name (and role on the team) plus:

  • two true statements about yourself, and
  • one false statement about yourself

Make it difficult for the group to determine which is the true facts and which is the lie.You have 30 seconds to think of your statements, after according to the order decided by the picked person, each teammate makes their guessed statements, pausing after each truth and lie for the teammates to decide which is which.
This exercise is suppose to reveal some fun facts about each player.The exercise can reveal surprising and impressive information about people (hidden talents, hobbies, fun facts, experiences, etc). The activity also can creative thinking and group interaction. The exercise also requires group analysis and decision-making in deciding which are the true statements and which are the lies.
Received the idea from the website:
An example of how it should go:
There was about 17 people on my team. 9 people were underclassman and 8 were upperclassman. For this activity, there does not need to be groups. Each person would get up at a time, in front of everyone, and say their two truths and one lie. I would say the more people that want to complete the activity, the more fun it can be, but it is not necessary to get a large group together. The most important thing for this activity is to have a creative mind and think of something that not many people know about you.
I thought there might be some complications doing this activity because the underclassman do not really know the upperclassman very much yet. They have only been on the team for a couple of months and still making friend connections with everyone. It worked a lot better than I thought because our team has been spending a lot of time together since the season has started. Most of the truths that were told were something that has recently happened to them. It was fun and exciting to hear what everyone had written down from their accomplishments and other activities they were apart of. It also was exciting to hear about the people that we are not as close with either and what they have experienced in the past. By doing this activity, it was easier to start a conversation because we knew a little more about each other.
How did the team respond:
Everyone benefited from the activity because it was a lot easier to start conversations with the teammates that not everyone knew. The goal of this activity was to break the ice so everyone knew a little something about everyone. I noticed some of my teammates that are more on the shy side, started a conversation with someone, which was rare. Everyone had fun with the activity because everyone contributed to it, created better conversation starters and communication, created decision-making skills, team work skills, got creative trying to think of a lie, think of something no one else knows about you, and build new and old friendships.
I would recommend this activity to anyone that wants to break the ice and I would consider using it again. This activity can be used on the first day of class or practice, with new co-workers, parties, and events.

Written by:

Sarah Grippi
Director of Basketball Mindset