RollaBall! | Collaboration Training Activity

The original RollaBall! activity! A very popular teamwork and communication skills activity - RollaBall! emphasises the need for departments to work together for a common goal.

Learning Objectives

  • Stresses the need for flexible planning
  • Demonstrates importance of clear inter-team communications
  • Reminds of the danger of making assumptions
  • Highlights need for integrated teamwork
  • Allows for celebration of success
  • Participants

    9-21 (three teams of 3-7 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

Each team has to build one third of a runway to carry a ball from one end to the other. The three parts are:

  • a tower and starting block plus a bit of runway
  • a longer piece of runway with two curves
  • an uphill section with a basket for the finish

Teams answer questions to get resources and then begin building in separate areas with only limited communication. Bringing the structure together at the end tests if it works and if the teams have managed to cooperate successfully at a distance.

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity
  • Divide the group into three teams
  • Set up a neutral area for inter-team meetings
  • Issue Briefing Sheets and construction materials (when earned)
  • Observe the teams for 60 minutes or more
  • Bring teams together and test the completed structure
  • Issue review forms and conduct a Debrief, rounding off with Action Plans for performance improvement.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Twenty Questions Forms
  • Team Review Form
  • Team Briefs A, B & C
  • Sticky-Tape, Scissors, Rulers, Bag of Paperclips & Rubber Bands
  • Ping-Pong Ball
  • 50 Sheets of White Board

Excellent! I used 'RollaBall!' for teamwork training with 12 first-time managers. The best learning points were the need to be less competitive and negotiate more openly! A fantastic way to finish a six-day programme – the delegates left on a real high. More games like this please.

Keith Watkins, Senior Trainer Manager, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

'RollaBall!' really helps give so many of our first time managers food for thought on teamwork and project management.

P. Timms, Dept of Constitutional Affairs

I really enjoyed using 'RollaBall!' and achieved outstanding results. It was used at a conference for Chartered Accountants and the best learning points include the need for planning, effective communication and COLLABORATION, not competition. 'RollaBall!' is one of the most effective team work tools I have used. It is great fun for participants and builds an excellent team spirit on which further training may be based.

Jane Caven, Managing Director, Sagegreen Human Resources Ltd

A very useful activity. 'Rollaball!' is a well-designed and ready-to-use, cross-functional team activity that generates many learning points.

Sarah Cook, Consultant, The Stairway Consultancy

Brilliant activity! I have used 'RollaBall!' a number of times and it always gets the message across – teamwork is vital to achieve the best results. I recommend it to anyone having difficulties with their team.

Fiona Flemington, Weightmans Solicitors

Excellent activity! Fun, so easy to run - and plenty of learning.

D. Willis, DW Solutions

We have received your games and we are very pleased with them. We have already used RollaBall! in one of our seminars and it was a big success.

Eleana Katsiami, EA, Visible Ltd

RollaBall! really does tick all the boxes as a learning activity!

David Cartwright, Business Improvement Officer, A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd

We love 'RollaBall!' and seeing the lighbulb moments that teams have when they participate in it! It is so applicable to the real world of work. We recently used it with a group of junior doctors and it really highlighted the impact that different teams in different departments can have on each other and ultimately the patient journey.

Sarah Montgomery, Director, Delve Organisational Development Ltd

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