This past week Sam and I participated in Flip It Forward Basketball Style. Being a former camp counselor and an avid experiential learner I think that a program that challenges barriers and cliques is a splendid idea! Dana Krahenbuhl, our grant writer, modified the Flip program to fit Hudson High School’s needs. Dana was asked by the new Hudson High School basketball coaches to spend two mornings with the freshmen through senior group as they did summer practice. She told the group we were not trying to make a perfect team or force them to be friends, we were just trying to find a place of understanding and acceptance.The rules are they play it like Vegas. What is said stays within the team, so they won’t discuss what people share outside of the activity.
I cannot delve too deep into the day because crossing the line and if you really knew me are personal and like I said they stay within this group. When doing activities like these it is important to reflect on how this activity will help the team, what their teammates are looking forward to beyond winning, areas that each player can excel and improve and so on.
You can definitely ask those youth about the icebreaker games we did. They would most definitely have some fun stories to share, just ask the new coach!