Group Juggle demonstration of passing a series of balls across a circle

Group Juggle

Dynamic group initiative that promotes collaboration.

  • Simple set-up
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Promotes communication
  • Multiple metaphors

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Have you played this activity? What worked, what didn't work? What type of group? Do you have useful advice for other users? Do you know a fun variation?

Comments (5)

  1. jeWElle de Mesa

    Sometimes we also ‘assign’ different names – what they want to be called, their name plus an adjective that starts with the first letter of their name (jolly joel), #hashtags (#committed), or topic words (sexuality and gender terms when the session is about getting more comfortable with vocabulary)

  2. jeWElle de Mesa

    Finally used this with Mark’s suggestion (merciiiii!) of adding other levels aside from:
    1) following a sequence
    2) following a sequence with several objects being thrown

    The added level was passing a glass full of water to the right.

    Framing was about what happens when we pass on jobs/pieces of work to other colleagues; what comes up for us?

    Learning and application sharing focused on:
    1) responsible for one another,
    2). ensuring that no one gets left behind,
    3) shared accountabilities

    • Mark

      I love your comments JeWElle, esp adding what you observed as the key takeaways – I think this is super useful to other members. Thanks.

  3. Floyd Hinman

    For larger groups, I have them divide into smaller teams and use one item (a heavier item with some distance capabilities. tennis balls work great!) per group to create their passing sequence. while they are out creating their sequence, I form a large circle with poly spots, one for each player. When small groups are ready to reconvene, I have everyone stand on a poly spot (not near their group… maybe… depending on your own approach and what the goals are and such?). I then remind them that they have previously come up with and practiced a sequence for passing, “and now we are all going to go through our sequences together at the same time. As soon as you pass the ball to the next person in the sequence, please move from your current poly spot and move to the next open spot. when your group has ‘successfully’ passed it three rounds, please cheer loudly!” (or support the rest of your team, or join the dance party in the middle of the circle, or continue to move to other poly spots as you notice they are becoming available).

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