Monday, March 16, 2015

The YL Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge & Club Ideas

Make your picks! We're hosting the 2nd annual Young Life Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge! 

Enter your bracket in the Young Life Leaders group on ESPN. 

The winner will be featured on and leaders world-wide will stand in awe of your ability to predict the future. In addition to featuring your pickin' skillz on the blog, I also might just mail you a lil package with some YL shirts. I've got a sweet 'Young Life Wing Fest' shirt that's just beggin' for a good home. Let the games begin! 

March Madness Club Ideas

If you're looking for a fun way to celebrate the madness at club, below are a few ideas. 

  • Have your middle/high school friends come dressed in gear from their favorite college.
  • As kids arrive have some blank NCAA Tournament brackets for kids to fill out for fun. If you have one place where you have club each week, have them hang their brackets on the wall so you can follow along each week and see who is winning.
  • Have basketball highlight videos playing before club and during dead time. You could even make one of your own funny basketball highlight reels with your middle or high school friends or show a Dude Perfect YouTube video


Here are some prize ideas. Good prizes make games way more fun.

Indoor Knockout with a nerf hoop. Great mixer involving the whole club.

Dunk Contest/Free Throw Competition
Use a nerf hoop. Have celebrity judges who award for creativity, style, and level of difficulty. Pre-select participants. Have them wear costumes: basketball jerseys, headbands, wristbands, tall socks, etc... You could also do a Free Throw Competition with similar style.

Draw 64

Put the #'s 1-64 in a hat/bowl/bag. 64 kids will draw and then represent the corresponding team to that number (as the teams are seeded in the NCAA tourney). As the tourney unfolds, whoever is paired with the winning team wins $ off of summer camp. If you don't have 64 kids at club, get each person to draw twice, having a better chance to win.

Ping Pong Ball Fight Game 
Set up a cookie sheet as a mini-basketball court. Place a ping-pong ball on it, and one person on each end. The object is to blow the ball to the other side first. Have them play one round, and then raise the stakes, doing the next round blindfolded. After they are blindfolded, place the ball on a mound of flour in the middle of the cookie sheet. (via

Name That Mascot

Download different mascot images, put them in a power point. Have kids "buzz in" when the image appears if they know the name of the school it represents. (From Dave Pressgrove.)


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