While I encourage people to play, I never force it. There may be a variety of reasons people don’t play, ranging from shyness to sickness to anxiety issues. I’ve been in groups that are obsessed with games and with others who really don’t care what we’re doing. Obviously, you need enough people to play in order for games to work, so what do you do if people don’t want to get involved.
Here are a few tips we used to help get more people involved. Keep these in mind for larger group games, such as relays, if you have a group that seems like they just aren’t that into it.
1. Do some pre-game work. Find some key leaders in your group who will help you generate excitement for the game. You can even designate these individuals as team leaders.
PREP TIME– None
ITEMS NEEDED– Hula Hoops (1 for each team)
GAME TIME– 5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS– 10 Participants (or more) per Team
Once you’ve selected and separated teams, have them line up in single file lines. At this point instruct them that they must take the hand of the person on their right and left. The first and last person in line will only be holding the hand of one person.