TEAMPLAY is Team Building. It is a seminar of a series of activities where a small group of people learns to work together as a team.

Activities are chosen to build Confidence, Cooperation, Teamwork, Creativity, Trust, Decision Making, Conflict Resolution, Resource Management, Communication, Effective Feedback and Problem Solving.

WHAT HAPPENS AT TEAMPLAY SEMINARS?

Activities: Yes, this is a hands-on, learn-by-doing seminar. Activities are chosen to fulfill the needs of the group. Some activities require thinking, some may rely on past experiences, and other activities may require some physical brute strength. Not all members of the group have the same "strengths" or prior experiences and a TEAMPLAY goal is to demonstrate the different "strengths" of the different members of the group.

Some of the activities can be active where your group may have to move from one place to another via a Magic Carpet or by a Life Raft. During a semi-active activity you may be asked to pass an ingot through Marble Tubes. Some activities are quiet where you might sit and build something or come to a group's decision about a pile of striped multicolored ropes. All activities are a challenge by choice individual decision.

Who can benefit from Team Building? Any group of people who are put together to accomplish a goal can benefit from Team Building. Examples of groups of people who find themselves working together are: the department of engineering for the City of Cleveland, staff at a physician's office, a summer staff at a church, Scout or 4-H camp, Residence Advisors at a university, Church directors, school teachers, soccer or basketball teams, Student councils, Camp counselors, and a YMCA staff. Any group of people who works together can benefit from Team Building.

How large are Teambuilding groups? The best group size is 8 - 12 people. A larger group can be divided into smaller groups; however for best results each small group should have its own facilitator. The activities are "games" and it is not until these games are then "processed" following the activity that they become "teaching tools" and learning happens. Processing is the key to Team Building and is best accomplished in small groups with a facilitator.

How long is a Team Building seminar? Seminars are designed to fit the needs of the group. Ideally a Team Building Seminar will last at least THREE hours and can last up to five or six hours as needed.

In a follow up of a Team Building seminar conversation a church camp director told Barry that his summer staff worked together as well after his three-hour seminar as most of his previous summer staffs did after being together for a month and a half.


The book Teamwork & Teamplay, Cain & Jolliff, 1998, Kendall/Hunt, is the primary source of information used in these Team Building seminars.