Soccer Takes Part in Team-Building Activities
March 6, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Collegiate student-athletes know there never is a true offseason. The TCU soccer team found a way they could make themselves better away from the field or weight room.
The Horned Frogs traveled to Carrollton on Sunday to spend three hours at Group Dynamix, a building dedicated to connect groups of any size through various physical and mental activities. The TCU coaches scheduled the event, and the players were happy with the results.
"Our whole goal this spring is to become more of a family and get closer," defender Brittany Little said. "I think that Group Dynamix will help us do that. It's something that will help with our communication, and when we do that we will trust each other more. When we trust each other more, we are going to work better together.
"It's something that will help us build to next season."
Head coach Eric Bell said it was the first time the team had done something like this off campus.
"The goal was to expose us [to any weaknesses the team had], and I think we were, but not in a negative way," Bell said. "It opened our eyes to see ways we could communicate better."
Little did remember one instance where the team's mettle was tested.
"We had to hold this bar with just our fingers," she said. "It was the most challenging thing as a team and was the first time we started getting frustrated. It was what got us over the hump with how to handle situations like that."
Midfielder Lauren Sajewich said just getting away from everyday life for the afternoon was great for the team as well.
"I think just being away from soccer, and even just a place where we normally see each other, is going to benefit the team as a whole going into the spring games," she said. "Individually, you know you're uncomfortable and other people are too, and instead of thinking about yourself you think about others too."
A few events stood out in the Horned Frogs' minds when asked about their specific activities.
"One had us try to cross a river by only stepping on blocks and we couldn't talk," Sajewich said. "There were obstacles like that where maybe only one person could talk. It was all about how we could communicate and listen better."
Midfielder Meghan Murphy said she understood the need to have communication and trust instilled within a team.
"As a team, if we all communicate and know what page we are on, we can move forward easier," she said.
Group Dynamix, according to its website, "produces extraordinarily fun events for youth, corporations and organizations at the largest indoor team building center in the U.S."