Pipeline Challenge

Transform groups into well-functioning teams!

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Energize your group with your very own Pipeline Game. Give each participant one short length of half pipe and challenge the group to deliver a ball down the pipes from the starting point to the finish line. A successful pipeline team building activity requires participating groups to exercise excellent communication, creativity and teamwork.


  • Energize a group
  • Build communication skills
  • Practice group problem solving
  • Practice goal setting

Pipeline Game -- also known as Pipeline Challenge or Gutter Ball - is effective with kids, teenagers and adults, and can be played indoors or out. Choose this activity when you need to energize the group into a team, or to emphasize the importance of each member's actions in a team.


  • 12 high-quality, sturdy 15.25" half-pipes; Each pipe has an inside diameter of 2-1/2 inches
  • 3 balls (marble, ball bearing, golf ball)
  • Handy nylon storage bag
  • Facilitation notes on how to play and process the exercise 


As with most team building games, the Pipeline Game will be most effective if you take the time fully debrief the experience. Start with questions that specifically address the dynamics that played out during the game. Understand what happened and how the experience made each player feel. After that, shift your questions and conversation to the real-world learning that can be applied from the game. Consider handful of questions to debrief the pipeline team building activity, such as:

  • How well did the group cope with this challenge?
  • What, if any, goals did your group set? How? Did you succeed?
  • What skills did it take to be successful as a group?
  • What creative solutions were suggested and how were they received
  • How can you compare this challenge to other situations (e.g., at school, home or work)?

Group Size: 8 to 12 ideal, but can be done with 6 to 14

Time: ~15-60 mins


Pipeline Challenge

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