Based on our experience, team selection for even a friendly game at the end of the training, can be a stressful and painful process. In order to prevent or reduce these stressful situation, we use a friendlier way to select the teams.


By using this method, participants will learn to accept their peers who are less skilled in different activities. They will experience that it can happen, that someone is good in one game but less skilled or experienced in another, however it is not an obstacle for them to play together.
Participants will be able to show solidarity and openness towards their peers and accept that we all have different abilities and skills.

Created by

Oltalom Sport Association (OSA)

Length of the session


Number of participants

10 or more

Age of participants



Table tennis rackets, table tennis balls.

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

Social sensitivity, patience, good communication skills, as well as experience with younger age groups.

Involvement of the participants in the preparation and delivery of the session

In order to implement this activity, the participants don't need any specific preparation. They should show openness and engagement towards the activity and should accept the result of the team selection.

Session plan

Session plan

Warm-up (0')


None needed



First half (2')


The trainer distributes the table tennis rackets and balls amongst the players.



Second half (10')


They will start to hit the balls. The first one who drop the ball will go to team A, the last one who drop the ball will go to team B.
In the next round the first one who drop the ball will go to team B and the last one who drop it will go to team A. This continues until everyone belongs to a team.
In this way both team will include players with more and less table tennis skills.



Cool-down (0')


None needed



Third half (8')


Optionally, each player will have the opportunity to give a feedback about the process. The discussion could go along with the following questions:
How was it for them to be the first/last one to drop the ball?
How was it for them to accept that also first/last ones arrive to their team?
How did the other's table tennis skill influence their respective thinking about the other's football skills?







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