Tree Switch is a fantastic energizer to show people what their patterns are.
It needs little explanation and it can go all sorts of ways.
Just by saying: “Go stand in the tyre” there is a lot for you as coach to observe and give feedback on.
The idea is that there is always one tyre missing. Which means that when each member of the group goes standing in one tyre there is always someone without a tyre. Sometimes someone sees this on time and give the tyre to another member of the group. Or someone runs to make sure they have a tyre.
This means you can ask questions up front such as “Is this your strategy?”
After this you explain the game shortly.
Tyres (amount = amount of participants)
The tyres are spread over an area of approximately 20x20m. (20×20 yard)
With this game participants usually don’t understand the purpose. The goal for the coach is to make clear that the patterns they are showing it the game correspond with their patterns everywhere else.
How it works
When you’re standing in a tree(the tyre) you might try to switch with someone else. The person who doesn’t have a tree tries to steal a tree.
A lot of times you don’t have to explain more than that the name of the game Tree Switch is. This is often enough explanation.
Differentiation (not really necessary in this case)
A few suggestions
How was is to do it completely different?
You get the best result when all the members of the group concentrate and do their absolute best.