Team Challenges are experiential learning opportunities designed to integrate right into your team’s regularly scheduled practices, games, and/or team time. Challenges range in time commitment from 15 minutes to over an hour, and in emotional intensity from from low to high. Most challenges require few, if any, additional materials beyond your typical coaching equipment.
There are three types of team challenges: Educate, Exchange, and Activate.
Educate challenges focus on “me” through individual learning, reflection, and discussion. Educate challenges primarily include some individual homework followed by a team discussion in a classroom setting.
Exchange challenges focus on “we” through sharing of teammates’ perspectives and experiences. Exchange challenges primarily take place on the soccer field within a team practice session.
Activate challenges focus on “us” by mobilizing teams to take collective action in their community, engaging other stakeholders such as parents, referees, opposing teams, and club officials. Activate challenges typically take place on game day or during team time.