Background: After five years of teaching juniors and seniors, I voluntarily moved to teaching freshmen in a specialized program with a much higher structure than I've ever experienced. Instead of focusing on one-on-one instruction with live teaching as a supplement (aka flipped classroom), I teach a larger live session every day in conjunction with my team. The student engagement and pass rates are higher than I've ever experienced. The kids are great! Here's where I'm a little concerned. I'm terrible at all the team building stuff other teachers in my program want to do with the students, at least in the way they want to do them. There are two teams in this program, and the decision was made (I was out of state for the meeting) that we would have team "names" and have competitions between them. Not my speed, so I didn't make a big deal about "Team Lions" vs. "Team Bears" (not the real names) in my classes the way math or social studies have. Here's where it gets uncomfortable. The more gung-ho teachers on both teams decided it would be a great idea that the first competition, all about our students completing a voluntary aptitude test, would result in one teacher on the losing team getting hit in the face with a pie. Even worse, the losing team was the one who would vote on which teacher would take the hit. This was so wrong to me! I argued that it would be much more dignified to make it a more positive reward about giving the WINNING team a PIZZA PIE, not the LOSING team a PIE IN THE FACE. Before I could fully argue my case, they decided to do both. They didn't understand how bad an idea this was, and that some students would deliberately skip the test in order to see one of their teachers get humiliated. I let both teams know, as soon as I was outvoted, that I would push the part about winning a pizza but would not be one of the teachers available for crust and cream in my hair. For a month, I was the one stick in the mud, which was made more interesting as students announced in live sessions that they would vote for me to take the pie. Long story short (I know, too late), our team lost, and suddenly two other teachers decided they also didn't want to be in the student vote. Neither one of the two had said anything, even when I spoke with them directly about my reasons for not participating. How can I move forward with my team teachers without feeling like I was a killjoy?