RollaBall!™ | Roller Coaster Teamwork 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

  • to practise working effectively within a team
  • to see the advantages of collaboration with other teams
  • to learn to give as well as demand required information
  • to communicate effectively
  • to listen to others

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 21 participants per training session within your organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • 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 the first section of the runway
  • a longer piece of runway to include two curves
  • an uphill section with a basket for the finish

Teams answer a set of multiple choice question to get the resources they need. Teams could share the answers with other teams but usually fail to do so - but each team needs resources or the complete structure will not be built. So why not share answers? Once they have their resources, teams can begin building their runway parts - there is a meeting area where teams can discuss how the separate sections can fit together. The activity stresses the point that different departments need to work harmoniously together for success. What this means is sharing information readily and establishing good communications. Different parts of an organisation are not rivals - they need to collaborate for success.

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 teams answer multiple choice questions correctly.
  • Observe the teams in action, noting behaviours. Often teams begin by trying to compete and by withholding information, whereas the whole point is to share information freely and work as one big team.
  • 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
  • Team Briefs A, B & C
  • 20 Questions Forms
  • Team Review Form
  • A4 White Board
  • Ping-Pong Ball
  • Set of Resources: Sticky-Tape, Scissors, Rulers, Bag of Paperclips & Rubber Bands

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

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 lightbulb 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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