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chucknduck
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Has anyone ever had their team do some type of volunteer work?  Maybe work at a homeless shelter or hospital? If so, i would like to hear about how you went about arranging it and what the outcome was.  I remember reading Dave Cisar had kids help plant a tree or something similiar to work for cleats that their parents couldn't afford.  I thought that was pretty cool. 


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Ronin
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A team that my buddy coaches collects canned goods for the needy.  They go door to door in groups and ask for donations.


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We've done food drive collections.  Inquired about doing hospitals but found they don't want that many kids coming in at once (and seeing things they may not be prepared to see).

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Has anyone ever had their team do some type of volunteer work?  Maybe work at a homeless shelter or hospital? If so, i would like to hear about how you went about arranging it and what the outcome was.  I remember reading Dave Cisar had kids help plant a tree or something similiar to work for cleats that their parents couldn't afford.  I thought that was pretty cool.

Twice I had our 12U baseball team clean up a road/park for the township.  It was both team building and fundraising.  The town had gotten a grant from the state to beautify the area and they were using it to pay local organizations to clean up the roads and park.  We cleaned our assigned area (took about 2.5 hours), then bought pizza and played ball for another 2 hours.  The kids had as much fun cleaning as eating/playing (the highlight was when one kid found a discarded VHS porno in the weeds).  We also raised $1000 ($500 x2).

Last year we did two team building activities with our 7-8 grade football team.  In the spring (around registration time) all of our returning players met at a bowling alley and spent the afternoon together bowling and having fun.  Then, in August, right before season started we went to the movies as a team to see "When the Game Stands Tall" about Concord DeLaSalle HS. Not community related, but brought the team closer.

When they were very young (5-6-7), whenever we had a bye week (usually once per sesason), we would have a "fun" night where we set up stations "carnival style" and let every kid go through them all multiple times.  We'd knock off early and finish with pizza.

Field Goals off a tee (I built a short goalpost out of PVC)
Passing target
I had a huge (3 foot diameter) foam Frisbee that I would send the kids out for deep "passes" and see who could catch it.
Relay races

Again, not community-focused but I don't think they are ready for those lessons yet at that very young age.

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Has anyone ever had their team do some type of volunteer work?  Maybe work at a homeless shelter or hospital? If so, i would like to hear about how you went about arranging it and what the outcome was.  I remember reading Dave Cisar had kids help plant a tree or something similiar to work for cleats that their parents couldn't afford.  I thought that was pretty cool.

Ours is much more than that
We have weekly themes, lessons and awards
We also have a number of processes in place that build team chemistry/unity/character

All in my Team Chemistry and Character Materials-  http://winningyouthfootball.com

Not only does it help you bring teams together- it really helps with retention numbers. Ours are always off the charts- we don't lose many kids, beginning of season to end of season- one season to the following year etc

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.Winston Churchill


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JennyWilliamson
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  1. Leaders should be involved in business communication.
  2. Avoid team-building exercises that make you grimace.
  3. Make programs to recognize teamwork.
  4. Make sure you know who owns what right away.
  5. Make it a two-way street when it comes to communication.
  6. Know who is in charge of what.
  7. Have a well-defined organizational goal.
  8. Clearly define your team's objectives.

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