Making Club a Competition

September 8, 2019

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Teenagers love competition. Competition already drives many of our mixers and
games. What if we took it up a notch and created a semester-long contest? It
could help build momentum in the spring.

Here’s how it could work:

Create two teams: Use your school colors!

Team 1: Last names A-J

Team 2: Last names K-Z

(I know it would make sense to divide the alphabet at M/N, but statistically
in the US, a more even divide occurs between J/K

Dividing by last names works as a natural mixer because it’s puts people on
teams, not divided by grade or gender, but truly randomly.

On the first Club night this semester, explain the following to everyone that
there’s going to be a semester long competition. Explain the following
guidelines, you could even copy and paste them into a slide and put them on the


  • All
    Club games/mixers/contests this semester will award points to the winning
  • At the
    end of every month (4 Clubs), the team with the most points will win free
    dinner at club (Pizza, dessert, drinks, candy, etc…). The losing team
    will just have to watch the winning team enjoy the food!
  • There
    will be an awards dinner at the end of Feb, and another at the end of
  • At the
    end of April, the end of the Club semester- whichever team has the most
    total points will win sweet YL Intramural Champion t-shirts!
  • You
    get 200 points for your team just by showing up at Club.
  • You
    get 500 points for your team when you bring a friend with you to Club for
    their first-time.
  • Your
    gets 2000 points when you win a Club competition, like a game or mixer.


There are tons of other ways you can give out points.
Similar to camp, you could throw out frisbees and give 10pts for each one that
is retrieved. You could also do a handshake
contest and have each team create their own handshake
. Judges decide who
gets the points.


Encourage teams to wear their team colors when they come to
club. It’s also fun to pass out red and blue bandanas on the first night when
you’re explaining the competition. Order enough red and blue bandanas for each
person to have one. I ordered these on
Amazon and they’re great and only $1/bandana.


It’s essential to have 2 unbiased folks who are not on a
team, but are simply designated scorekeepers. They keep track of who is there
and who wins the game. You probably have some folks in your club who would much
rather be the statistician than participating in games. This is a good
opportunity to give them ownership and a chance to serve. 

Here are 10
more ways to give kids ownership at club


If you call Papa Johns or most any pizza chain, they will
give you large, 1-topping pizzas for $6-7. Ask them to cut the pizza into 10
slices instead of the typical 8, this just makes it go a little father.
Estimate 2.5 slices/person or 5 people/pizza. If you have 40 people, you need 8
larges. 8 x $6 = $48. Plus tax and drinks= $65. Ask some parents to send
desserts and also give them a chance to help chip in some money. Raising $65 to
feed 40 people once a month is very doable!


If anyone likes to make designs and can come up with a sweet
YL Intramural Champs shirt design, send it our way and we’ll share it
on the blog! Also, if anyone gives this a shot, let us know how it
goes! We did it last semester and it was really fun!

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