Team Building Using a Challenge Ropes Course Experience in Youth Sport

Kelsea L.W. Stewart, Jeremie Carreau, Mark W Bruner

Abstract


This study examined the efficacy of a challenge ropes course team building (TB) intervention for increasing group cohesion in a youth sport team using a mixed methods approach. Athletes (n = 10, Mage = 12.3) and coaches from a competitive female U14 ringette team participated in a one-day challenge ropes course experience approximately one month into the season. Questionnaires were completed to assess group cohesion pre- and post-intervention. Interviews were also conducted to further explore the efficacy of the intervention on the group’s dynamics. Results revealed that task cohesion significantly increased post-intervention. Additional benefits were also illuminated through interviews including increased trust, teamwork, communication/interaction, camaraderie, and team development. The findings support the use of a TB intervention using a challenge ropes course experience for a youth sport team.


Keywords


Youth Sport; Team Building; Challenge Ropes Course; Psychological

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