Softball Team Building Ideas

softball team building ideas

It’s springtime, and that means it’s time for all softball players to dust off their cleats and hit the diamond. My daughter has played softball since she was little and I have always been involved with her teams. I love these girls and I love having the opportunity to find lots of ways to make the season special. Here are some of the softball team building ideas that we’ve done so far to get things kicked off!

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Team Photos  — Every year we hang both a team photo and individual player photos in a display case outside of the snack shack at the field.  This year we tried something a little different by using softballs to spell out the word “family” in the photo. If you gather enough softballs, you could also write out your school name, team name, or team motto. We are hoping to print this photo onto tee shirts for all of the players at the end of the season. If you have a parent who likes to take pictures, another great idea is to collect these and make a video at the end of the season with some snaps of the team and individual players set to music.

Varsity letter locker signs

Varsity letter locker signs

Locker Signs — At my daughter’s school one family volunteers to make a locker sign for each of the players on the team for every away game. The girls go into school early to put these up. These can be simple computer notes, or something a little more. Since I am the team mom, I like to try to make something that the girls can put in a scrapbook at the end of the season. Last year I made team pennants for each player. This year I had two shifts as locker mom. For the first one I traced a varsity letter onto poster board to make personalized team locker signs. For the second I cut the girls’ numbers using a cricut machine (I love that thing!)

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Team pennant softball locker signs

Great idea for varsity team locker signs!

Varsity team locker signs

 

Lucky softball hair bows

Lucky team hair bows

Lucky Hair Bows — Does your player have a lucky pair of socks, underwear, or other special something? For my girl it is her hair bow. This year she decided that she wanted everyone on the team to have their own lucky hair bow. We made these by cutting black ribbon and using sparkly puff paint to write JHS on one side and each player’s team number on the other.

 

Softball Team Bonding Activities — Throughout the season the softball team hosts a few team bonding activities. We usually start off the season with a team get together (for players), have a family barbecue around mid-season, and end with a Senior Night for all families where we honor graduating players. This year we gathered the girls for a night of laser tag and pizza, followed by a sundae party and sleepover at my house.  One of the highlights was the game where the coaches showed up and the girls got to compete with them in the laser tag arena. Another was, of course, staying up all night giggling. It was a lot of fun and a great way for all of the players to get to know each other better.
Here are a few pictures from the event. Best of luck to everyone this season!!

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We converted a baseball banner into one for softball using yellow Sharpie pen

 

softball centerpiece idea

Softball centerpiece idea

One More Great Thing! — now I have finally found some great softball themed party accessories on Amazon! No more coloring baseballs yellow! here are some options that would be great for a softball party:

softball party table

softball team dinner

 



 

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Winter Bonfire Party

host a winter bonfire party

Looking for a hot time?  Build your next winter party around a bonfire. Whether you are planning a cozy night for two or inviting the neighborhood, here are some ideas for a blazing good time!

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Party Plans

  • Pick a spot for your party.  It could be your own backyard, a local park, or a nearby beach.  Check to see if you need to reserve a site.  Review local ordinances for outdoor fire regulations.  Make sure your bonfire area is free of debris and other hazards like dry brush and electrical sources.
  • Check the weather forecast.  A night with wind and rain will dampen the mood!
  • Set the date.

Invitations

Whether you phone your friends or send invitations make sure you tell them these important details:

  • Dress warmly
  • Bring a blanket and a camp chair
  • Suggest or assign items to bring  to share like marshmallow roasters, s’more supplies, food or beverages.

Food Ideas

  • Make a soup, stew or chili and reheat in a Dutch oven over the fire embers.
  • Pre-cook baked potatoes in your oven.  Wrap in tin foil and heat over the fire. Prepare fixings for a baked potato bar.
  • Have an old fashioned hot dog roast.
  • S’mores—need we say more.

Beverages

 




Fireside Play List

(compiled by Real Simple Magazine)

Light My Fire, The Doors

Burn Away, The Foo Fighters
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Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash

She’s on Fire, Train

On Fire, Van Halen

Burning Down the House, Talking Heads

Eternal Flame, The Bangles

I’m on Fire, Bruce Springsteen

The Roof is on Fire, Bloodhound Gang

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Host a MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party!

Lots of fun Minute to Win It Christmas party ideas

Minute to Win It is a fun, fast paced game show that takes everyday objects and creates crazy games that must be completed in under a minute. The best part, however, is that all of these games can be done in your own home, making  Minute to Win It an awesome theme for a party!  If you’re looking for a hilarious and truly engaging holiday party theme, check out these ideas for hosting a Christmas Minute to Win It party. 

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Minute to Win It party ideas

For even more ideas for Minute to Win It games you can play throughout the year, visit the Minute to Win It Party page at creative-party-themes.com.


MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party Game Ideas

Gift Box Christmas Ornament Roll — One player must move a round Christmas ornament across a smooth floor to land on a 12×12 piece of wrapping paper in one minute. They can move the ornament only by fanning it with a flat rectangular gift box.

Wreath Relay — 2 partners must relay a wreath from one end of a course to the other. To do this, one partner starts with the wreath around his neck, and the other slips his head into the opening as well. Then the first partner slips out, the second partner turns around, and the first runs around to join the second so that they gradually move as a team from one point to the other. (No hands allowed.)

Jingle in the Trunk — 12 jingle bells are placed in a rectangular tissue box, which is then attached by a belt so that it rests, with the opening facing out, over the player’s rear end. Shake, dance, and prance to get all 12 bells out of the opening of the box in less than a minute.

Face the Gingerbread Man — A player is seated in a chair, and a gingerbread man cookie is placed on her forehead. The player must move the gingerbread man from her forehead into her mouth using only the muscles in her face and neck.

Christmas Ball Conveyor Belt — A huge Christmas ribbon is tied in a continuous loop between the waists of two players standing about 15 feet apart. One player hooks a christmas ornament to the ribbon and then both must rotate conveyor belt style to get the ornament around in a full loop to the original player. The team must get two ornaments around the loop in less than one minute.

Do You Hear What I Hear? — Two players work as a team to put seven boxes containing different numbers of jingle bells into order from least to most in one minute. They do this by shaking each box and listening to see if they can determine the number of bells in each. The boxes contain bells in increasing increments of 5 (5,10,15,20,25,30,35).

Christmas Cliffhanger — 10 folded Christmas cards are set up tent-style along a long, narrow rectangular table. A player has one minute to blow one of these cards about 8 inches across the table so that it lands with the front flap flat on the table and the back flap hanging vertically off the table’s edge.

Raise Your Glass — In this balancing challenge, a player must make a four-tier stack of martini glasses by alternately stacking a glass, filling it with four round Christmas ornaments, stacking the second glass, filling it, and so fourth, until they create a tower of four stacked glasses. (The final glass does not have to be filled with ornaments.)

 

Whipped Cream Tannenbaum  –  Provide a paper plate and 3 cans of whipped cream per player. Each player has one minute to spray the whipped cream on the paper plate in the shape of a Christmas tree. The player with the tallest Christmas tree after one minute wins.

Napkin Ring Ornament Madness – Provide 5 to 10 large napkin rings in a basket or on a tray and an unsharpened pencil or chopstick for each player. Set the basket on a table or the floor, a few feet away from a Christmas tree. (A small artificial tree works well.) Players must use the unsharpened pencil or chopstick to pick up a napkin ring, carry it to the tree, and slide the napkin ring “ornament” onto the tree. The player who gets the most napkin rings on the tree in one minute wins!

Snowball Fight – Provide white paper for each player or team. Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner!

Marshmallow Toss –  Provide a wreath, a bag of marshmallows, and a bucket for each player. Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!

Party of the Week: Homecoming Party Ideas

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HOMECOMING

Homecoming printable

Click on the image to download and print this Homecoming subway art poster we created just for you!

At high schools and colleges all over the country, this is the time to celebrate homecoming. Whether you are a current student celebrating with friends, or a graduate returning to reminisce about the glory days, click on this homecoming party ideas link to visit our party website and find  lots of ideas to help make your celebration more special.

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Get Decked Out For the Big Game

Are you going to watch a homecoming football game? here are some fun spirit wear items we found at Shindigz.com that you can order in your own team colors to get you and your friends ready to cheer on the home team!

Green Let's Go Waterless Tattoos
Temporary Tattoos
Face Paint Sticks
Face Paint Sticks
Blue & Gold Super Fan-atic Spirit Set
Spirit Set
Gold Football Beaded Necklace
Football Rally Beads
Spirit Up Columbia Blue Foam Fingers
Foam Spirit Hands
Red Inflatable Spirit Sticks
Spirit Sticks

Have Fun Before and After the Homecoming Dance

Be sure to hop over to our Homecoming pre-party and after party ideas page for lots of ideas for making the big dance special.

A few ideas you might consider include:

BEFORE

  • Inviting the girls for snacks and a pre-dance makeup and hair prepping party
  • Hosting couples for a pre-dance dinner
  • Setting up a photo shoot area to capture everyone looking their best
Homecoming group photo

Make the most of a beautiful fall day by taking homecoming pictures outdoors, or if it’s raining, set up a photo area inside.

AFTER — Invite friends back for…

  • Popcorn and movies
  • Roasting marshmallows in the backyard
  • After dance pizza
  • Game night
  • A sleepover

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