Teams are a fun, optional addition to our Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge.
Over the years of running the Sleekgeek community we have seen the power of people working together, supporting one another and building camaraderie. Even though this is an individual competition in many respects, our way is to lift others up. We believe the best way to help yourself is to help others.
Join a team and navigate this journey with a bunch of supportive people on a similar journey to yourself! If you prefer to fly solo for the Challenge that is cool too.
The idea from a Sleekgeek HQ perspective is for this to be as self-organising as possible. Though we will always do what we can to help we take no formal responsibility in connecting people to teams. If you want to join a team you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can happily assist in placing you with one of our leaders.
How are the teams formed?
The teams are self-organising and so, are formed between themselves. Either a leader comes forward and volunteers and asks for challengers to join them, or a group of friends joins the challenge together and forms a team. Sometimes, teams form once the challenge build up begins and people form friendships through the Facebook groups.
The longer people have been in the community and interacted with others the more they are generally in the loop and connected to other community members.
But total newbies also join teams with a bunch of strangers and THAT is how connections are made!
How are leaders selected?
Leaders are volunteers.
There are a few scenarios. A person may step up and decide to start a team and recruit members assuming a leadership position. A group of people may get together and decide on a leader. Up to you!
A leader can only lead ONE team but can appoint deputies to lead additional teams.
NB If you decide to form a team please inform us via email@example.com so we can send you any necessary info.
What happens once I am in a team?
Once you have indicated that you are keen to join a team and have made it official, the team experience is then whatever your chosen team wants it to be – if you all happen to live close by and meet up once a week, that’s great.
If you’re all dotted over the country (or world!) and chat daily via WhatsApp & Facebook, that’s cool too. What’s important is that the team is completely up to it’s members, and the most value will be received from the team that makes the effort to support and encourage one another in whatever way they choose!
Please note that if you are someone who is not sociable and do not enjoy lots of chatting on Whatsapp or Facebook the team system is probably not for you!
If you join a team then participate and be a team player otherwise you are better off going it alone.
Some basics rules for teams if they wish to qualify for prizes:
- Have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 members who are taking part in the Challenge.
- Have a leader who is the point of contact with the Sleekgeek Challenge organisers.
- Have a name and logo. – War Cries are optional 😉
NB: Your leader must make an official submission of team members when the team is considered full by the leader.
The team leader submits a team when they are ready by emailing the names and surnames of all members, including themselves to us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then send team leaders a submission template to submit at the end of the Challenge with the team’s final results.
How is the winning team judged?
Though this is a fun optional extra we decided to put up a nominal award as a gesture to the teams.
We will use a formula that takes into account the following:
- Average weight loss of team members.
- Percentage of team members who finish the challenge
- Bonus points for team members who make it into the “top 10” of the Transformation category.
You can see an in-depth explanation of exactly how the team scoring point system works over here.
In the event of a tie a pre-determined tie-breaking mechanism will be used.
What can a team win?
GLORY obviously and massive bragging rights in the community! All team members of the winning team who submit final results will each receive a Sleekgeek Cap and Portable coffee tumbler.
The emphasis of the team is on FUN! It is an additional support structure for you.
The leader of the winning team earns themselves R2,500 because we acknowledge that leadership is hard work and often a thankless task.
Do you have to be in the same heat?
No but it is strongly advised so that team members can support one another.
Can I be in two teams?
No. Rather do not play the field and commit to your team members fully.
What is the difference between a team, buddy & a couple?
A team is a self-organising support structure for the challenge period – the teams are groups of people of between 10 – 20 members who encourage and motivate one another over the 8 week period. ALL team members still qualify for ALL individual prizes.
A buddy is someone who want to do the challenge with – it could be your and your housemate, you and your colleague, you and your neighbour – whomever it may be, you’ve decided to take on the 8-week challenge together. You can have up to 3 buddies. You enter the challenge as an individual & you indicate who your buddy is/are in the Vault when you make your submissions. The winning buddy team is eligible for Bonus prizes to share and spoil themselves. There is no additional fee to be in a buddy team. ALL Buddies still qualify for ALL individual prizes. Read about the Buddy Challenge over here.
A couple is a pair who are in a romantic relationship – husband & wife, boyfriend & girlfriend, engaged couples etc. You enter the challenge as a couple via the couples entry page and submit your results with an indication of who your partner is. The winning couple is eligible for a Bonus Prize. ALL couples still qualify for ALL individual prizes. Read about the Couple’s Challenge over here.