Three Strikes for Success: Planning a Corporate Softball Tournament
We may be the middle of winter right now, but that just means that spring is on the way – and for most folks, spring means softball! If you’re looking for some active team building, a chance to promote business, and a fun afternoon spent in healthy competition, than putting together a softball tournament is just the thing to take on this spring. And it’s not too overwhelming a project – in fact, it can be as easy as strike 1-2-3!
Strike One: Find a League (or Start Your Own!) A Google search for “corporate softball tournament” will yield a surprising number of local teams just itching to take the field. Consider joining up with one of these leagues, as they’ll likely have a lot of the finer details already taken care of, or at least are better acquainted with the planning process. However, if you aren’t looking to make softball tournaments part of your annual routine, it might be wiser to create teams within your own office. The inter-office competition might be fun for your employees, too; a game of boys vs. girls or accounting vs. marketing could make for a spirited afternoon at the ballpark! And don’t forget to give your team a clever name!
Strike Two: Secure a Play to Play. Don’t worry; you won’t have to build it so people will come. However, you will need to make sure you have a field to play on when the tournament arrives. This should be taken care of in the earliest stages of planning the event. Remember those other leagues we talked about? They’ll book up all the nearby fields if you don’t act fast! Make sure you know if you want to play in the afternoon or evening, check out weather reports so you don’t get rained out, and be flexible while you figure out the dates – the more adaptable your schedule is, the more likely you’ll be able to find an available field.
Strike Three: Fill The Bleachers. This is all about promotion, but it can also be a great opportunity to network. Is there another business you hope to establish a relationship with? Invite them to the game, to enjoy some hot dogs and drinks afterwards. The laid back atmosphere can be lead to fast friendships, increasing your chances of working together. Also, you can provide attendees with baseball-themed company gifts, like balls or foam fingers, that will make the game that much more personal and memorable. And, of course, you’ll want to bring as many people to the game as possible. It’s a nice way for co-workers and their families to bond, and as the saying goes, the more the merrier!