Fun off the playing field

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Fun off the playing field

Erin Kim, Staff Writer

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Across all team sports, one thing remains the key for victory: the chemistry between teammates. When athletes have deeper connections with their teammates, both in and out of their sport, they are able to play smoothly together, reading each others’ next moves, highlighting strengths and covering for each others’ weaknesses. Here are a few team bonding activities to help build these relationships and have an unforgettable season with your team.

 

Karaoke

Karaoke is a memorable form of entertainment that will spark laughter and create meaningful connections between teammates. There is nothing like music to bring people together, as similar music tastes will establish a common ground for further discussion and differing styles may help one learn more about teammates and their personalities.

“I like karaoke for team bonding because it allows for everyone to let loose and get comfortable around each other,” Varsity Lacrosse junior Arlyn Pandes said. “ It’s an activity that anyone can engage in, whether they are good at singing or not.”

 

Bonfire

Beach bonfires are cozy team bonding experiences that are sure to leave everyone feeling happy and content at the end of the day. Spend the day by the beach, splashing around in the ocean waves and basking under the warm sun. Then spend the night huddled by the crackling fire, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and singing along to throwbacks. This is a great opportunity to share conversations, lighthearted or deep, with teammates you haven’t gotten the chance to know well yet.

 

Restaurants

Team bonding does not require extravagant planning and the emptying of wallets; in fact, it can be as simple as gathering together for a quick meal at McDonald’s after practice. Affordable and easy activities like this encourage more participation, and any group outing is bound to rack up laughter and memories.

“McDonald’s is my favorite team bonding activity because it provides us with an opportunity to get to know each other personally and create lasting friendships,” Varsity Volleyball junior Antonio Li said.