DIVIDING A LARGE GROUP

Time in a program, gathering, or event is precious. You may have an hour or and hour and a half to run a meeting. One of the things that can suck up a lot of time is dividing a large group into teams. Early on I spent way too much time making this happen. Do you look at grade, gender, size, or ability? You could spend ten minutes just trying to divide and conquer and that’s way too long. Here is an easy way to divide a large group of 75 or even more kids.

First have all the girls go to one side and all the guys go to the other side of the room. “Hey everyone, real quick, guys over here, girls over there. Leaders help me out.” Then line the two groups up by height. “Now, make a line down the wall from tallest to shortest.”

Second thing you do is get one leader to count off their gender specific group into the number of teams you need. Say to the students, “Okay, a leader is going to give you a number. Remember your number!” So, if you needed two teams your leader is going to very quickly point at each student in their gender group and count. “One, two, one, two, one, two… until they counted everyone.” If you needed four teams your leaders would count, “One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four.”

Then lastly call the team number, “I need all twos to go to that cone and all ones go to this cone.” You should now have teams with equally distributed number of girls, guys, and more than likely grade levels because you lined them up by height. Nothing will be perfect but if you need to get this done quickly it’s the easiest way.

This method is the fastest way I have ever used to get a large group divided for a group game. Doesn’t matter whether you have 2, 3, or 4 teams. Try it out if you have never done this before. I know this sounds simple and if you’re already doing this… great. But I know at least for myself it took me a while of wasting huge chunks of time on multiple occasions before I changed the way we do this.

For our group it helps me have the most time on the tail end for what matters in most in our middle school department with saving time for small groups.

 

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4 Responses to “DIVIDING A LARGE GROUP”

  1. Leo Duarte September 22, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    hey I really like this and have learned to use this method. For a long time I have looked for ways that speed this process up, but also that someone would not be left out or picked last leaving them with a feeling that no wanted them on their team. This method of choosing sides eliminates all this and really speeds things up. We’ve been using this in our Fri. Nite Thangs for a while now and even the group anticipates it and most even appreciate it. God bless Leo Duarte in Spring Hill, FL.

  2. chadswanzy September 22, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    awesome man!

  3. Anthony Prince November 10, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Works all the way down to 3rd grade. Love the method and love that you typed it out. Thanks, Chad!

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