Extracurricular Groups and teams

Perfect for Extracurricular Groups


Nobody likes to be picked last for groups and teams. For those that are, they should not need to worry about why.

As time goes on, we are learning more and more about mental health and emotional intelligence. I will not profess to be an expert on the matter, but there is no doubt that experiences such as waiting to be picked for groups and teams at school and youth clubs often affect us later on in life.

Sometimes, there is no harm done in wanting the strongest team. That is instinct. Of course you want to win the match or finish first. There are plenty of genuine reasons why somebody may be picked last.

But what if..?

  • What if you were...

  • self-conscious
  • not confident
  • being bullied
  • different for any reason
  • unable to communicate (language or disability)

What may be ‘just choosing the strongest/fastest team’ to some, may be internalising any or all of the above for the person waiting there, making them even more self-conscious.

It is never too late to show a little empathy.

Making groups completely random from time to time will encourage teamwork and interaction between those who would not normally choose to work together.

Who wants to ..?

This is not just about choosing groups and teams, it can also be about the position people play/hold within them.

The fact that everybody believes somebody is shy does not mean that that somebody does not deserve a chance to gain confidence.

A good leader is not always he/she who can shout the loudest.

What about the real world?

As leaders, teachers, and coaches, we are all partly responsible for preparing the youth of today for the real world. This world is more inclusive by the day. Children need to know that their choices, determination, perseverance and commitment will shape their future, and it can look however they want it to look.

Although the person they are now won’t be who they are forever, some things aren’t easily forgotten.


  • Leave more time for fun by saving time
  • Avoid altercations between participants
  • Encourage participants of mixed abilities to interact
  • Encourage participants to develop new skills
  • Avoid conscious and subconscious judgements
  • Build confidence throughout the team
  • Are completely fair and random


  • Be used multiple times without redistribution
  • Create subgroups
  • Order group members
  • Allocate roles within groups

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