Group Size: 8 to 30
Equipment: a beach ball or a soft ball
Focus: group challenge, energizer, frustration tolerance
Description: Participants either form a circle or place themselves equal distance from each other around the gym. The object of the activity is to keep the ball afloat without letting it hit the ground. Challenge the group to set a goal and try to set their personal best or "world" record.
Discussion: Groups and individuals sometimes become frustrated. Discuss what people do when they become frustrated (escape, sabotage, anger, etc.). Have participants suggest specific behaviors they can do to prevent frustration and its subsequent behaviors. Continue the game and encourage everyone to act on the + actions suggested by the group.
Ways to Improve as a Group: invite the group to suggest ways they can improve and obtain higher scores.
Expected Outcome: group cohesion, understanding of frustration and reactions to frustration, laughter, physical exercise
Concerns: encourage participants not to dive for the ball if playing on a rough surface