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I would like some ideas on different types of team parties. I promised my team a party in return for a tournament victory. They responded, so now it’s party planning time. We’ve mainly done pizza parties, swim parties / cookouts and ice cream parties. If you can post some different ideas and possibly some party activities that you’ve done, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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For one team party we took the girls bowling (with pizza and ice cream on the side). Everyone had a real hoot.
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Bonfie, bonfire, bonfire, with a hayride if you live out in the boonies like myself.


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Depending on the age, but I've had Parent Parties, where all the players come dressed as their mom or dad and talk and act like them for the evening.But the great part is that with willing parents you can have the reverse. They dress and act like their children for the evening.

The fun that you can have with this is quite enlightening as players AND parents will get an insight into how their behavior is noticed.
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Kev, you are really full of fun ideas! (But my daughter must be hitting "that age" - she says it would be boring to be me!)
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I've considered bowling, a cook-out/parent-player scrimmage, and even taking them to the lake to play mini golf and ride go-carts. As for the hay ride, that is a great idea but we'll save that for the Halloween season.( and yes, I live close enough to the sticks too.) The one I really have to question is coachkev's idea. It sounds like that could get a bunch of kids grounded from everything, including soccer. I could just imagine these role reversals turning into an all out fued. But, it sounds like fun, we may have to try it sometime anyway.

Any more good ideas?
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Some things we've done this past year, always in combination with potlucks or pizza, are jewelry-making, hat & t-shirt decorating, and something I like is community service days - we did clean-up for a Habitat for Humanity site, helped pass out water at a charitable marathon, and put together 2 sets of packages to send to Iraq - one for soldiers, one for school-age children.
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How about a small match with dads v kids where the dads play in long wellington boots ( galoshes).

I remember playing a match years ago where I wore a curly wig and had a Puma White Stripe painted on the outside of both boots.The kids ahd a great time although we dads spent lots of time on the ground ( you see we had our boots tied together with about 2 feet of string ).
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University of Colorado football has had some success with strippers and beer. Well, maybe success isn't quite the right word.
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Coachkev: Sounds like a blast. Maybe you could combine it with the Jim's idea and drink keg beer from your galoshes after the match.
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This is not exactly a team party idea but more a team bonding idea for boys. This is a high school age team. At an out of state tournament we had 2 games scheduled on the first day. One in the mid morning and one in the late afternoon. We had scouted the team we were playing in the later game and knew we would be extremely challenged. Between games we had scheduled a team lunch get together. All the players are male, all the coaches are male, and the parents that came were male. The players had been begging to go to Hooter's for lunch. While there were arguments for and against this idea, and while not our ideal choice, we decided to go there. The expressions on the boys face were great. We had a great time and the team really bonded. Come game time the kids were not thinking about being tired, or about the bumps and bruises from the earlier game. They were laughing and having fun while getting ready to play. And play they did. We actually ended up winning the tournament. While I would not attribute this to the restaurant on that day, it certainly helped to relieve pressure and have fun. And it built team unity. These type of situations come up rarely and so we had fun with it while keeping it in perspective. The unfortunate part was the hooter's "memorabilia" my wife found in my son's soccer bag. Ouch!!!
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We had a bye during our schedule this past season, so instead we booked a group time at the local indoor rock-climbing facility. Followed by pizza in the party room.
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egoots,

That sounds interesting, what age and how did it go? There is a rock climbing facility about three or four blocks from where we play our games. We might have to give it a try.
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It was a U14 girls team. It went quite well. Some kids were real keen on climbing, and others not so much. The main thing for a girls team is to do something that enables them to socialize during and after.

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Is your team from Colorado?

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This one's very limited because I don't imagine it's in too many areas, but I like to go to Lazer Star (indoor Lazer Tag). The kids always have fun ganging up on me.

Probably the best team party we've ever had was a simple BBQ at a park. We ended it with a kids vs. parents/coaches soccer game. We all had a blast doing that.

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This one's very limited because I don't imagine it's in too many areas, but I like to go to Lazer Star (indoor Lazer Tag). The kids always have fun ganging up on me.

Probably the best team party we've ever had was a simple BBQ at a park. We ended it with a kids vs. parents/coaches soccer game. We all had a blast doing that.

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That seems an interesting part of this community.I would love to share my ideas here:
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