Women’s Pac-12 Coaches Go Creative With Team Building

Erica McCall now talks to her Stanford team mates with more care and thought.

Team building activities to enhance communication

The Cardinal women’s basketball team has gone through communication workshops in order to improve their conversation in and outside the court. This was planned by their coach Tara VanDerveer to encourage chemistry and to develop a close-knit team.

According to McCall who is a senior forward, the biggest learning she acquired is talking individually to her team mates and how she approaches them. She also finds the right balance in approaching them, and she uses a different tone for some.


The different team building activities around the Pac-12 Conference

From cooking meals with a chef for Arizona players to stand-up paddle boarding for Washington State players, the Pac-12 Conference coaches are looking for fun team building activities in order to enhance strong bonds for their women.

June Daugherty’s Washington State team represents 7 different countries. Aside from paddle boarding at the Snake River, the Cougars also took retreat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They also did cooking lessons with their sports nutritionist.

Lindsay Gottlieb does “Lessons with Geezy” where the Golden Bears talk anything from social issues and world events to financial planning. Recently, they centred on family and did a slide-show with baby pictures of the coaches, staff and players. Gottlieb then announced her pregnancy by the end.

Wendale Farrow, Gottlieb’s new assistant, says that their boss is invested in them and makes sure they are informed of things happening outside their gym.

In Tucson, the Arizona team coach Adia Barnes recently had an outdoor film showing at her home. The players partnered up and brought one dish they cooked before they made S’mores at the fire hole. Dejza James made traditional Indian samosas.

The Wildcats has gone 17-46 the past 5 seasons in Pac-12. They finished 2015-2016 conference and lost 11 out of 12.

Barnes says that she wants her and the team to have more time spent together. She adds that it has been important and also useful for the group. The group didn’t have much success and confidence so she does what she can to build her team up.


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