The end of the summer season is a great opportunity for companies and businesses to take time from their busy work schedules and plan a day where the entire team heads outside to relax and build team spirit. And what better way to show your company that everyone’s hard work is appreciated than giving them an unexpected end of summer celebration?
While Happy Hour is fun and a good go-to for most celebrations, consider making your yearly bash a day full of celebrating with a team softball game and barbecue. Whether you decide to use it as an excuse to support a cause near and dear to the company’s heart, or just to encourage some friendly competition, throwing a company softball game will make the whole team feel like their dedication and hard work is appreciated.
We’ve got the tips to help you plan the game and get the company excited to partake.
Get the word out.
Send out an email invitation to the entire company with the date and time for the big game. You’ll want to secure a day and the field during the early morning hours on a weekday versus a weekend if possible. Not only is this respectful of busy summer weekends your employees may have planned, it’s also an easier way for you to secure a field for use. You can research these fields/venues on sites like eteamz.com – it’s smart to select a primary and secondary date for the tournament just in case you have to reschedule because of the weather.
Create a volunteer line up.
You’ll need help to map out the usual party details for an event like this one, especially if you’ve got a large company. Again, send around an email and ask anyone interested in helping out to contact you for more details. Some tasks you’ll want to assign – securing a caterer or food for the event, coordinating teams and ordering team t-shirts.
Make it an office challenge.
Get everyone to vote for the two team names and have those printed on the team t-shirts. You may even want to upload a funny picture of the entire team if possible. Let your company/team’s personality shine through with your customized shirts!
You should also create banners and signs with your company’s name and logo to support both teams – this is a friendly competition after all! Make sure everyone gets a t-shirt, whether their showing their team spirit on the field or elsewhere.