Totally Texas Team Building

To build a team in Texas you need the creativity of Tex Schramm, the patience of Tom Landry and the fun loving spirit of Dandy Don Meredith.  With that in mind, we have put together a Totally Texas Team Building exercise for theme parties or visiting Yankees, with real Texas sized fun built in to every challenge.  Here's a list of games and some general ideas and concepts about how the Texas Team Building will work.

Team Selection

ScoreboardTeams can be pre-selected, chosen by pre-selected captains or selected at random. One of our favorite team selection methods involves passing out bandannas as participants enter the room. Teams are then paired up based on the color of their team’s “Texas uniform.”  This technique works best for groups that need to work together, but already have cliques or groups.


Beginning the Process

Captain SelectionSelecting a Captain – Each team is placed in groups and is given some things to accomplish.  Each group will select a team captain.  The captain is selected in any manner the team chooses, and will act as the conduit for giving instructions on exercises and acting as the final arbiter in team matters.


Team CheerTeam Name and Team Cheer – These first exercises are designed to improve the communication of the newly formed team, and break down barriers to enhance individual participation within the group.  First the team selects the team name, so that gets everyone talking and laughing.  Team names are posted on a large white board for scoring during the rest of the exercises.  Next the group selects a team cheer or song.  These are usually humorous and points are awarded based on originality, teamwork and performance skills.

Bubba Games

Texas Midway Games are a group of games with a unique twist.  Do you think these games are played at High Tea?  Not a chance. These games are ridiculous! Bubba Games are specifically designed for people who want to laugh and have photo opportunities galore. And, we promise that this event is different from any your guests have seen before.  Just think, the VP of Sales is tossing open fronted toilet seats in Redneck Horseshoes while the CEO is playing Cowchip Shuffleboard. Your guests will laugh at themselves, giving everyone in the room permission to let their hair down and have a great time!

Chunk the TailBarn Raisin’ – In Texas, the neighborly thing to do is help your neighbor build his barn. Contestants form a team and build table-top barns that prove to be a real puzzle to Yankees. These identical barns are begun simultaneously. The first one completed gets to start the dance.


Cow Chip ShuffleboardChunk the Tail on the Donkey – Our mommas didn’t like us playing with sharp objects, so they magnetized the donkey’s tail.  We chunk the tail on the donkey so we won’t put our eyes out.

Cow Chip Shuffleboard – A Texas adaptation of the playground favorite.  Players use push brooms to propel ornamental cow chips to a target.  This wild activity really makes “scents.”

East Texas Lawn Washers – The Lowest Impact Sport in the World!  East Texans, too poor to afford horseshoes, developed this game using washers and tin cans.  This adaptation is fast moving, easy to learn and guaranteed fun.


Lawn WashersFlapjack Fling – Your guests will flip out when they test their “skillet” this.  A heavy iron skillet is used to toss faux flapjacks onto a table set for four hungry cowpokes. 



Flapjack FlingJail Break - How many grade B westerns have you seen in which the prisoner breaks out of jail by stealing the sleeping Sheriff’s keys and dragging them to his cell? Well, this game tests those skills.  Players are put in “jail” and timed to see how long it takes to capture the keys with a grappling hook.

Justin Time Putting – Cheating golfers will excel in this challenge.  As opposed to a normal putter, a boot is substituted for the club head for a real Texas twist.  Players putt real golf balls on a portable green.  Guests always get a kick out of this.


Jail BreakMeadow Muffin Frisbee – A game that uses a frisbee that resembles the meadow after the cows go home.  These “meadow muffins” are tossed into a specialized basket used in Disc Golf.  The largest number of “putts” made in succession is tallied.  May the best muffin tosser win!

Rattlesnake Round-Up – Bubba ain’t skeered!  He’s been tossing snakes in a tub since he was three.  Snake sticks, rattlers and a tub – any questions?  Players get bit by this game.



Redneck Horseshoes – How does a redneck play Jusin Time Puttinghorseshoes in Texas?  Well, with open-front, horseshoe shaped toilet seats, of course.  This silly game is played by chunkin’ the “shoes” over posts made of – what else? – plungers.  A photo of the CEO tossing a toilet lid – priceless!

Ropin’ Ring Toss – Not everybody was born to be a roper, but even Yankees can toss a ring – made out of Bubba’s old calf ropes.  Players build points by tossing rope rings over various objects.  Targets include an 8’ tall cactus and a coyote. (Road Runner optional)

Shoot the Can – Find the “Annie Oakley’s” in your crowd when the girls outshoot the boys.  Contestants vie to see who the best shot is with a cork gun by competing to hit moving targets and tin cans.


Redneck Horseshoes

Snuffleboard – There’s no spitting in this match as players slide snuff cans at their targets for points. Combining the economy of using snuff cans as pucks with the classic barroom game of Shuffleboard turns this game into a real Texas hit.

Test of Nerves – Long before the game "Operation,” gun slingers invented this game to test the steady hand.  Nerves of steel are required to navigate an iron ring over Texas icons (horses, armadillos, etc.)  A false move will result in a loud buzz; a perfect score will result in peaceful silence. 




Shoot the Can

Texas Twister – We say, “Tornados and RV’s go together ‘bout as good asflip-flops and stingin’scorpions.”  Colorful swirling “funnels” suspended from a tent are this game’s target.  Find out if we're is right by tossing RV’s in to the swirling dervishes.

What the Hay – It’s not all play in Texas, sometimes you have to do a little work.  In the winter, cows can’t feed themselves, so the feed troughs need to be filled.  SnuffleboardUsing a pitchfork to toss hay bales into the feed bins, accurate hay pitchers finish early and win the right to go play some more. 




Texas TwisterWorld Tour of Texas – Have you ever been to Paris, Athens or Palestine?  You can visit all three in a single beer run.  Contestants drive remote controlled pickups across dozens ofinternational locations in Texas, while hitting targets in a World Tour.  Fastest tourist wins. 



World Tour of Texas






Other Team Building Options

In addition to those one-of-a-kind Bubba's Backyard Midway games, we can add other Texas games that have been enjoyed by millions. Well, maybe not millions.


Dillo RaceArmadillo Races – It just don't get more Texas than 'dillos! Nine-banded armadillos are "steered" down the track by guests selected as "jockeys.”  Handlers are available all evening to answer questions (and believe me, there will be questions aplenty about the fascinating State mascot).


Chili Cook-off


Chili Cook-offs and Texas Burger Cook-offs - Texas is synonymous with chili. It's the heat. The many cultures and regions of Texas have each added gifts to the chili pot, which have enhanced it to the Official State Dish of Texas. Here is an opportunity for cooks, sous chefs, marketers and trivia experts to combine their skills and present the best "Bowl of Red" to the judges in one of the few team building activities you can eat. And if chili doesnt suit your style, we offer the same kind of experience to create hamburgers. After all, the hamburger was invented in Athens, Texas!


Mech BullMechanical Bull – Urban Cowboy Thriller!  Skilled operators control speed and movement and customize ride to guests’ personality and sill level.  Talk nice and you get a leisurely ride, talk rough or get cocky and well…you will appreciate the inflated mat, side bumpers and safety features.  NO BULL!


Project RunwayProject Runway Cowboy Edition and Project Runway Rock Star Edition - This Team Building Exercise combines the frivolity of the Texas Midway Games with the creative challenge of the hit show, "Project Runway" and the laughter created from an episode of "America's Next Top Model" performed by members of your own group. Each team will receive a box of tools, materials, clothing and "bling" from which they will create two costumes: one for a man and one for a woman. The outfits, models and presenters will be judged.


Quick DrawQuick Draw – A gunfighter awaits your challenge.  You will be given a holster and gun.  The gunfighter will teach you how to draw, cock and fire the gun.  You will have a few practice shots and then the challenge begins to see who the fastest draw of the Old West is.  There is a timer that times how many hundredths of a second you do your quick draw competition. DRAW!






Rollo RoperRollo Roper - Team members are mounted on a life-sized mechanical horse with a western saddle.  When the participant kicks the side of the horse, a small calf rolls out from underneath it.  Winning teams are the most successful in throwing a real lariat over the moving calf.


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