Coaching Association of Canada

Tower of Power

Stage of Activity 

All 

Equipment

100-200 pieces of Lego (Duplo), blocks, or anything you can stack and build with
Cones and equipment for obstacle course
Mats for building towers

Time

15 - 20 minutes

Number of People

2+ (works best with 2 or more teams of 2 to 3 people)

How it Works

Set out an obstacle course that takes between 1 and 2 minutes to complete.
Place team mats 2 metres apart, with building supplies behind the row of mats.
Designate times for earning materials (10-12 minutes) and a building time (3-5 minutes).
Athletes are put in teams of 2 to 4 people per mat. On “GO” they start running laps of the obstacle course, picking up 1 to 4 pieces per lap for their team, and placing the pieces on their mat. (Coach decides how many pieces based on level of athlete and number per team).
When “earning” time is up, they work as a team to build the highest tower possible in 3-5 minutes. When building is up, the coach can try to blow the towers over or “stomp” them down (earthquake) to test stability.
*Use this to discuss the importance of a STRONG BASE. What skills, abilities, and characteristics make the “base” of an excellent athlete?

Applications

Aerobic endurance, teamwork, sport knowledge

Modifications

Add other stations and have athletes choose one “core or skill” station in between laps. They can use it as a “rest” from the running obstacle and it allows coaches to incorporate skill practice into the activity.