“Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

He wasn’t a volleyball player, but Michael Jordan was spot-on with this quote.

After spending over a decade playing competitive volleyball – from high school and club, to collegiately at the University of Texas, to several years overseas – I’ve seen this quote hold true with teams of various ages AND cultures.

It doesn’t matter how talented the individuals on your team are collectively; if the chemistry is lacking, the wins are much harder to come by.

I recently led a live webinar titled Practice Planning & Team Building. In the webinar, I covered topics such as example practice plans and the skills vs. drills argument, conducting a personality test, and team building. I also did a question-and-answer segment toward the end with live viewers, many of whom were coaches.

Team Pictionary

Pictionary is one of my favorite games when it comes to team bonding.

Whether it’s talking about what you’re proud of, what you bring to the group, frustrations, or anything else, covering these topics through a fun, interactive game is a great way to help your players grow closer.

Full Webinar and CEUs

Did you know you can get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for simply viewing our webinars online?

Whether you’re looking to pick up some credits, or you just want to view the full webinar to learn some new things, you can view it through our registration page here.

All you have to do is fill out simple form, and you’ll get FREE access to the full webinar and PowerPoint, which covers how to play Team Pictionary and other ideas for other team-building activities. Additionally, there’s a printable personality test that I recommend all coaches try with their players!

Additional Team-Bonding Activities

There are dozens of team-bonding activities coaches can experiment with. In fact, we at BSN SPORTS recently worked with the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) and women’s sports icon Nancy Lieberman to conduct a survey so we could see what their favorite activities are.

The top vote-getters were:

  • Team meals
  • Workouts
  • Community Service
  • Holiday Gift Exchanges

Want to learn more about the survey, and see the rest of the favorites? Check out Nancy’s article: 10 Team-Bonding Activities To Help Build Chemistry

BSN Volleyball

Want to learn more about how BSN SPORTS can help your volleyball program? Check out our BSN Volleyball page for more info.


At BSN SPORTS, we realized there was a clear need to elevate women’s sports at all levels – from providing more support to coaches of female athletes, to connecting women working in the sports industry. Because of this, we’ve made it a priority to uplift and empower women in sports through our key partnerships, programs and content.

Learn more about the BSN SPORTS women’s initiatives here.