World(s) of Hockey

As ice hockey fans everywhere follow the fight for the Stanley Cup, we at QuickTrophy dedicated the week to hockey in all its forms: ice, field, and ball/floor hockey.

As ice hockey fans everywhere follow the fight for the Stanley Cup, we at QuickTrophy dedicated the week to hockey in all its forms: ice, field, and ball/floor hockey and some of the well known hockey trophies.

Many of us who grew up in the United States played floor hockey in gym class, without ever realizing it was a serious, competitive sport in its own right. Variously called indoor hockey, ball hockey, or floor hockey, amateur and semi-pro leagues are open and accepting players. If you hate skating, but love the dynamic, punishing gameplay hockey has to offer, why not give it a try?

Field hockey’s another option. Played outdoors, with specialized sticks, field hockey is often treated as a women-only sport in the United States, despite offering serious competition at the international level for both men and women. The sport’s gradually opening for co-ed play, thanks to a handful of brave young men, but there’s a case to be made that separate leagues are the next step to seriously grow the sport.

If ice hockey is definitely your game, however, consider taking it to the next level by joining the North American Hockey League’s Junior Program. Keep your health and safety foremost as you train, of course, but the only way to really push into a professional or even semi-pro career is by seeking out greater challenges… and bashing them to the ice.

There’s a lot of genuine concern surrounding athletic training and kid’s competitive sports. Hockey, especially, can be as punishing as it is rewarding. It’s important to keep health and safety foremost in your mind, as a coach or parent, while encouraging the kids to push and challenge themselves. USA Hockey has a smart, scientific review of youth hockey training regimes on their website:

In recent years sports scientists have spoken out emphatically about the harmful effects of premature and over-intense athletic training of young children. Many complain that hockey programs for youngsters are too intense, competitions too many, seasons too long, emphasis on winning too great. Young children are pushed by parents and coaches to choose and specialize in the sport way before they are mature enough to do so.

By keeping the developmental conditions of each age group in mind, it’s entirely possible to design intensive training routines which minimize the risk of injury to young athletes.

Hockey fans in North America are following the Stanley Cup fight from the edge of their seats. The Cup has one of the more interesting histories among iconic trophies, which parallels and reflects the development of professional hockey over the past century.

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup, which would be held from year to year by the leading hockey club in Canada. There does not appear to be any outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the interest that hockey matches now elicit, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held annually by the winning club.”

So mused Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, at a sports banquet in Ottawa.

The first cup was a fifty-dollar silver bowl, held by the victor only so long as they could defend it. All serious contenders were welcome for the first eighteen years of its existence, before ice hockey went pro and competition formalized.

The Stanley Cup evolved into it’s current, iconic design in 1948. Prior to that time, the winning team could add their name, year, and team members to a ring on the cup, adding a band each year until the trophy grew to a size and shape it was nicknamed the Stovepipe Cup. Now, when a ring is full and new one needs to be added, the oldest ring is retired and put on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Many customers have emailed and called us at QuickTrophy to see if we could offer a Stanley Cup replica for their Fantasy Hockey League. When we investigated this, we found we could get a full sized, Stanley Cup replica, but it would cost many hundreds of dollars – edging up to the $1,000 mark. When faced with such a steep price tag, our customer’s interest waned. We’ll keep our eyes open for a cheaper alternative, but such a massive piece of hardware will likely always be expensive.

The US Open Trophy

As much as we love golf, we can’t help but focus on the US Open Trophy.

As much as we love golf, we can’t help but focus on the US Open Trophy – because we love trophies, too. While many trophies of its stature have unique or exotic names, the US Open Trophy is officially named… “The US Open Trophy”.

The current trophy dates to 1947, when it was first presented by the USGA. This model is very similar to an earlier U.S. Open trophy that dated to the first tournament in 1895, but that original was destroyed in a fire in 1946. So the current model is a replacement model.

The U.S. Open Trophy is permanently housed in the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History in Far Hills, N.J. Each U.S. Open champion receives a replica of the trophy to keep permanently.

It may be no Cup of the Musketeers, but the US Open Trophy is a fine trophy wit a clean, classic design, and little ornamentation to clutter its fine lines. Perhaps the name suits it in that respect.

We don’t offer any replicas of the US Open trophy, at QuickTrophy, but we do offer many fine golf trophies that can serve very well as a perpetual trophy for your annual golf tournament.

Gone Fishing

What a week! We hope you’ve found the help and information you need to get started in this wonderful, relaxing hobby.

Fishing is one of the most established, well-loved hobbies a person can have. It’s proverbial:  someone who’s left the workday worries behind for peace, quiet, and contentment is still said to have “gone fishing”. Here is some help and information you need to get started in this wonderful, relaxing hobby. The online fishing community is huge and welcoming, with resources for anglers of any skill level. Whether you’re just learning to fish, or you’re from a long line of fisherfolk, there are  plenty of excellent resources online to help you get the most out of fishing.

If you’re just getting started, FLW has a comprehensive guide to the basics, from tying lines to selecting tackle. There are plenty of other “fishing 101”-style resources out there, too, like the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources YouTube Channel. There, you’ll find advice on fishing for common species, cleaning your catch, and how to enjoy fishing safely.

Once you’ve got the basics, why not take the family on the road to explore fishing opportunities around North America? It’s a great “excuse” for a vacation and can take you to communities and locations you’d never see, otherwise. Start with Outdoor Life’s list of the best hunting and fishing towns in the United States, or head straight to the top with the top ten trophy species in North America.

These days, it can be hard to make time for the kids. Parents are under a lot of pressure, with hectic schedules and career demands, so having the family follow you out to fish may seem like spoiling a precious opportunity for peace and quiet.

You’d be surprised, however. With the right attitude and a little preparation, it’s easy to turn fishing into a fun, relaxing outing for the whole family. TakeMeFishing, a project of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, has a great selection of tips and tricks for getting the little ones involved.

To commemorate that annual outing with the family, a fishing trophy is great! QuickTrophy offers many different sizes and styles of fishing trophies – from small, personal fishing trophies to large, perpetual trophies to help keep track of who caught the biggest fish each year.

Our Seven Favorite Outdoor Sports

With Summer coming on strong, it’s time to get outside and shake the off the dust of Winter. There are dozens of amazing outdoor sports and activities to chose from; this week we’ve picked out our favorite outdoor sports – and their distinctive trophies – to spotlight for you.

Outdoor sport and competition is possibly the healthiest thing to encourage in your family and friends. Fresh air, sunlight, and exercise may not be a miracle cure, but an active lifestyle is the one of greatest determinations of health and longevity we know of.

So get outside, play hard, and live a good, long life!


We’ve given a lot of attention to fishing this week without touching on its competitive side. There are as many fishing tournaments and contests as there are fish in the sea; it’s not why we fish, but a little competitive spirit makes it that much more fun.

QuickTrophy offers a number of fishing trophies, plaques, and awards, with the some of the most popular competition fish as figureheads. You can get bass, marlin, trout, pike, and walleye trophies at competitive prices and with incredibly rapid delivery.


Ah, paintball. What could be better than gather your friends and colleagues together, heading off to a secluded area, and shooting each other?

Paintball enjoys increasing popularity as a competitive sport and team building exercise in almost every region of the country. Ever since the first game was held in 1981, the sport has grown rapidly. Only two years later, paintball was a nationally competitive sport. Paintball trophies and cash prizes are awarded at the league, regional, and national levels.

It’s a favorite around the QuickTrophy office, too. Maybe you’ll see us out there – but not if we see you first!


Traditionally, T-Ball is one of the first sporting leagues young baseball fans join. With altered rules for younger players, it’s a great introduction to the theory and practice of baseball. Players learn team play, exercise, discipline, and competitive spirit.

There’s a lot of debate as to when T-Ball began and who invented it. Versions of the game have been played since the mid-50s, with T-Ball really taking off in the late-70s and 80s. President Reagan hosted the first T-Ball game on the White House lawn, a tradition succeeding Presidents continue. It remains a mostly grassroots game, however, with league and regional competitions making up the bulk of tournament play. While most leagues are self-funded, volunteer affairs, recognizing the achievements and progress of young athletes with inexpensive, quality T-Ball trophies is fairly common. T-Ball is a game played to lay the fundamentals for bigger, tougher competitions, so rewarding and encouraging young athletes is a priority.


Golf is both a sport and a cultural institution. In some periods of American history, you were hard pressed to advance yourself in the business community without learning the game.

The popularity of national competition and a wave of public course openings in the 70s and 80s made golf a much more accessible and popular sport. Amateur competitive leagues sprang up all around the country, composed mostly of friends and colleagues in the local area. Not satisfied with bragging rights, many of these leagues organize regional competitions and recognize the local champs with plaques, golf trophies, or a designated parking spot at the course.


While cross country season remains around the corner, track training may often begins in early- to mid-Summer. Track and field sports are some of the oldest competitive events in the Western world, with roots in the footraces, vaulting contests, and throwing competitions of ancient Greece.

Staying motivated through the long winter can be a problem for younger track athletes. That’s why it’s a good idea to recognize their achievements in the past year with a customized track and field trophy.  Keeping the memory fresh through the Winter will encourage young athletes to jump back into it, come Summer.


From informal dirt tracks in 1970s California to a spot in the Summer Olympics, BMX racing is a sport that’s come a long way in a short time. The sport started in imitation of motocross racing, with commonly-available bicycles used in place of motorbikes.

While there are a number of regional and national league competitions, most BMX racers get into the sport through informal play or local competition. Setting up a local league, with its own rules and race schedule, is a great way to get young athletes into the sport. BMX trophies are awarded for distinction in a number of categories, from racing to trick riding.


Competition sailing is a sport with a global following and deep historical roots. Every culture with access to maritime technology has, at some point, spawned a group of racing fans.

Summer camps, when possible, offer sailing and canoe instruction to kids over a certain age. When we were young, the yearly sailboat race at Boy Scout Camp was something we seriously looked forward to. Each troop would pitch in a few dollars, purchase a sailing trophy, and customize it with the Troop number and Patrol name of that year’s winner.  Some of us still have a trophy or two from those years; while not of the quality and material available these days, they hold a lot of precious memories.

Get Out and Play

Cultivating a love of outdoor competitive sports is one of the best things your can do to improve the health, fitness, and longevity of your kids. There’s really nothing like getting out in the open air, and the physical, mental, and social benefits of competition sports lay strong foundations for future success.

We pooled QuickTrophy staff and came up with our seven favorite outdoor sports, all of which are easy to join and enjoy in almost any region of the country. Encourage your kids to get out and play hard by supporting their favorite outdoor sports and rewarding their accomplishments with custom award trophies. It’s one of the best investments your can make in their future… and it’s incredibly fun!

Floyd of Rosedale Trophy

While the victor at the French Open takes home a replica this year’s Grand Prix trophy is awarded, there is one unique, irreplaceable trophy of which only the replica remains

While the victor at the French Open takes home a replica this year’s Grand Prix trophy is awarded, there is one unique, irreplaceable trophy of which only the replica remains:  Floyd the pig.

Before there was a Floyd of Rosedale Trophy, given annually to the winner of the Iowa-Minnesota college football game, there was a live, snorting prize hog called Floyd of Rosedale, named for the governor of Minnesota and the Iowa farm where the animal once lived.

Floyd’s career as a living trophy was a short one. He was the price of a wager on the 1935 Hawkeyes/Gophers game between Governor Clyde Herring of Iowa and Minnesota Governor Floyd B. Olson, but died of cholera a year after the game.

Sports athletes are among the most competitive bunch of people – especially if they are fighting for one of the most coveted trophies of all time. In the case of Minnesota and Iowa football fans, this has to be the Floyd of Rosedale – a trophy that has been passed from one team to the other over the years. Find out more about the importance of this title to the players and their fans from Tyler Mason’s article.

Other strange trophies exist. Two football teams fight it out for a cannon. Yes, it’s true – the prize awarded to the winning team is a 545 pound gun with a fifty-five millimeter barrel. How in the world did that happen? ‘Fremont Cannon Among Many Odd Rivalry Trophies in College Football’ by Dave Toplikar explains the history behind the cannon and also writes about several other strange trophies.

Jonathan Paget Wins Badminton Trophy

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials have been won by Jonathan Paget, who managed to secure the trophy by a difference of .3 points

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials have been won by Jonathan Paget, who managed to secure the badminton trophy by a difference of 0.3 points, right ahead of Michael Jung, an Olympian, World and European champion. Jayne Bennett talks all about Jonathan Paget, his story, and how he won the Badminton horse trials.


Acknowledge Talent with Awards

The world of work has changed in recent years. Gone are the days when an individual would work at the same job or with the same company for years and years, retiring after decades of faithful service.

The world of work has changed in recent years. Gone are the days when an individual would work at the same job or with the same company for years and years, retiring after decades of faithful service. With a great deal of companies, both large and small going out of business, merging with others or otherwise changing in some form, that type of behavior is not as likely to be seen in these more modern times.

Technology’s Role

Even though the global economy seems to still be struggling, start up companies abound. Plenty of people have innovative ideas that are designed to harness the energy and advances of the technological era. These types of businesses continue to pop up in spite of all the economic changes. Businesses of this type also seem to attract the best and brightest of the talent that is in the workforce today.

Young Workers and the Changing Landscape of Employment

A great deal of this change is driven by the recent graduates who grew up comfortable with technology. They have the background needed to take  these start ups from zero to success in a record amount of time. The knowledge and energy of this fresh talent is what propels many of these startups to the front of the line in their respective industries.

Keeping the Talent

There is no doubt that there is a lot to be said about the importance of keeping happy the energetic talent that successfully starts up a business. Many companies find that once they start to become successful, other businesses try to woo their employees away. While non disclosure agreements can help protect a company’s secrets from being shared, they do not protect a company against losing the staff that spawned those great ideas to begin with to a competitor.

Loyalty Within the Company

Motivating such employees to stay loyal to a company these days can involve a variety of different options. Some ways to reward workers include paid days off, house cleaning, car detailing, meals out, catered meals in, and the like. Other methods include a focus on the simpler things in life.

Tooting an Employee’s Horn

There are few people who don’t like to be acknowledged for a job well done. When it comes being praised, most employees enjoy being thanked by their boss or called out on the crucial role they played on getting the big project completed in a satisfactory manner. Having a set schedule for handing out awards and trophies allows employees to engage in both teamwork and a little friendly competition.

Implement an Award Wall

By implementing an award wall along one area of a hallway or other centrally located space, top employees can enjoy having their custom corporate awards displayed there for all to see. Of course, this does not mean that the employee cannot have a copy of the award as well. After all, most employees will want a copy of that certificate for their own personal records. In addition, the individual might want to display it in a particular place within their home.

Making a Case for Glass Awards

Awards and trophies are a pretty well established routine in many companies. Employers of all shapes and sizes from industries of all sorts have learned that rewarding their employees with tokens of their appreciation has many positive results.

Awards and trophies are a pretty well established routine in many companies. Employers of all shapes and sizes from industries of all sorts have learned that rewarding their employees with tokens of their appreciation has many positive results. Such acknowledgements often result in more of the desired behavior as well as boosting the morale of the employees. In addition, these types of rewards can often foster a bit of friendly competition among employees as they try to top one another’s achievements.

Choosing Glass Awards

CRY003M.smallThere are a number of different types of trophies and awards that can be chosen. Plaques can be hung up on a wall. Pens have a useful purpose as well. But crystal and glass awards bring a bit of a classy look to an event. Due to the vibrancy of crystal, it can provide a welcome addition to any room of the employee’s home. Since glass tends to capture the light in the room where it is located, such an award often draws the attention of the people in the room. This built in conversation piece allows the employee to share in their recognition with family and friends outside of their place of employment and with those people who are not members of their immediate family.

This article, from Lincoln Davis at, the online self improvement community, points out the many reasons why an employee might want to receive glass achievement awards instead of some other types of awards. One of the top reasons is that these types of awards can give the employee a tangible reminder of the appreciation that is felt by their employer.

Bike to Win

Biking has gotten bigger in the past few years as more people are getting into the sport and becoming more aware about health and fitness.

Biking has gotten bigger in the past few years as more people are getting into the sport and becoming more aware about health and fitness. Many do it as a form of keeping their body fit, as a hobby by upgrading their exercise routines and professionally by getting into tournaments and other competitions. May is National Bike Month so thousands of bikers from all over the United States and the world flock to many famous biking spots to commemorate famous rides with family and friends. There are several activities and events planned which will surely deliver fun, prizes and excitement for everyone. But no matter your intent, you can bike to win.

About National Bike Month

Washington D.C. as well as nearby Alexandria and Arlington are full of bikers during National Bike Month. These places are known for their challenging and beautiful trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Regardless of your current level, you will find these areas very conducive to having fun and exercising. Even people who are learning how to ride a bike or do not own one can still enjoy National Bike Month through the Capital Bikeshare program. Two hundred stations are set up all over Washington D.C., Alexandria and Arlington where people can borrow and share bicycles. Through Capital Bikeshare, individuals can borrow from a list of almost 2,000 bicycles any time of the day.

After registering for the program, participants will get a Bikeshare key in their mail to activate. The closest bike station can be accessed through a smartphone application or online map. There are several membership types available depending on the kind of bike you want and the trail and location you prefer.

The Activities

National Bike Month introduces commuter convoys that will make your trips more interesting and fun. There are 20 convoys with expert bicycle commuters leading the team. Look for the schedules which meet your needs.  You can join the envoy teams from the starting point or en route.

1. Bike to School Day

The second annual National Bike to School Day commences on May 8th, with the support of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Every Wednesday up until May 8th, there will be a winner from registered schools who will receive a Saris Stadium Rack. The activity will be included in Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. The date also falls during National Bike Month. The people who came up with the concept shared that the program aims to empower and encourage young people from different parts of the world to create and improve youth peer to peer projects on education.  It also supports and promotes the creation and enforcement of traffic laws so that kids and young adults will stay safe on roads.

2. Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is celebrated on May 17th. The activity is arranged by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association together with Commuter Connections. The event is free for those who wish to join and features 70 pit stops located in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Winners will also enjoy raffles, prizes, food, refreshments and trophies.

3. Bike to Work Week

This event starts from May 27 and ends on June 2.  The date and location will vary depending on the country or city in which it is being held. The idea is to encourage people to take their bikes to work as a great form of exercise and an alternative to regular commuting. During this period, companies and bosses encourage their employees to bicycle to work. They may combine it with other related objectives or even side quests depending on the house rules. Winners can receive ribbons or  trophies. Employees who finish particularly strong can receive bigger prizes.

4. Tour de Madison

The 26th Tour de Madison will be held in Syria, Virginia on May 18, which boasts spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Participants can choose from three different routes, specifically chosen for their current skill and experience. Advanced bikers can go for the Metric Century which features a lot of hills. Intermediate riders can try the 41-mile distance while beginners can go for the Family Ride which includes a lot of flat trails. Meals and drinks will also be sold at various points.

Challenging Family and Friends

In addition to the activities during National Bike Month, you can challenge family, friends and colleagues to a fun and challenging bike ride anytime. Think of a great activity that involves getting them to ride their bikes to school, the office or other special locations. Come up with specific objectives and challenges. Provide rewards, tokens or ribbons for minor accomplishments then prepare a special trophy for the first place finisher or those who finish with the best time.

1. Biking to school or around the neighborhood.

Children and teenagers should be accompanied by adults when biking to school. Create a pack with the leaders at the front and back to keep them safe. Begin by stating the rules and how to observe traffic laws to avoid accidents. Include fun challenges such as asking them to wear costumes while riding their bikes, putting decorations and other attractive items on their bikes or going for a night ride around the neighborhood. Give ribbons to the rider with the best costume. Award the first place finisher with a huge trophy. Make sure that there are pit stops at different points on the route, where riders can get snacks and drinks.

2. Biking to work.

Bosses and supervisors can go for a challenging bike ride with their employees. They can give ribbons and other small gifts to any individuals who finish faster than them. Another great idea would be to ask them to wear shirts of the same color or get neon or glow-in-the-dark face paint and clothes that will immediately grab attention during night rides. Provide special challenges with corresponding rewards such as asking them to find a unique flower in the park, giving a free cup of coffee to the first person who reaches a café pit stop or asking them to perform specific tasks upon reaching certain points. Give a trophy to the first place finisher.

The Advantages of Biking

Many people are getting hooked on biking because of the many benefits that it provides. Some people start with a borrowed or cheap bike then upgrade over time as they get fitter.

1. Biking is good for the muscles.

Many sports and exercises do involve the lower body to the extent that biking does. Riding for 30 to 60 minutes each day will work out the biggest muscles in your body – your legs. The cycling motion will train your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, abs and hips. People can have a very balanced and symmetrical appearance by biking regularly. Building and toning your muscles will further aid in burning fat effectively even when you’re at rest.

2. Biking is good for the heart.

As a cardiovascular exercise, biking will circulate blood effectively throughout the body. All vital organs and extremities will receive blood and get oxygenated, thereby improving function and getting rid of harmful toxins and cholesterol. The heart pumps blood as you bicycle, which will also benefit the liver, lungs, kidneys and brain. You will find that biking improves brain function and concentration and prevents cardiovascular problems, lung and respiratory problems, liver toxicity and stroke.

3. Biking is good for the mind.

Exercising is an excellent way to relieve stress. When you ride a bicycle for several minutes a few times each week, you will find time to think, reflect and recover from daily stresses and challenges. People who ride their bikes regularly find themselves more mentally active, have better memory function and focus on tasks more easily. Riding to work actually improves performance by as much as 100% according to many studies.

4. Biking is good for the environment.

National Biking Month is a great opportunity for cities and countries to have lower emissions coming from motorized vehicles. A bicycle is environmentally friendly because it does not use gasoline or fuel and does not emit harmful gases or smoke. Taking your bike to work or school is a good alternative to driving. The air is fresher and heat is significantly reduced. There is also less traffic congestion when people ride their bikes.

5. Biking for more friends.

There are so many clubs, associations and groups revolved around biking. You can opt for groups that prefer mountain and off-road trails, teams that also try other sports like swimming and running or groups that like to ride in packs on concrete highways. There are organizations that support different types of bikers. These are also organizations to approach if you wish to gain new friends who share the same passion. Start looking for nearby clubs online.

Biking for Life

Biking is an activity that you can enjoy for the long term. You will find bikers of different ages. There are even those who join tours and competitions at the age of 75 years old and above. Bicycling regularly will keep you fit and healthy, adding more years to your life and keeping you free from disease.

National Biking Month should encourage more people to take on a healthy lifestyle. Start with small challenges and fun biking activities for your family or people in your workplace, then increase your involvement and expand your group of bikers later. Joining competitions and tournaments can also result in beautiful trophies and medals that you can display proudly at home and in the office.

Employee Appreciation Award Program

Nearly every business knows they need to reward positive behaviors in their employees.

Nearly every business knows they need to reward positive behaviors in their employees. But if you don’t have an employee appreciation program, how do you start one? One of the first steps, is to narrow down the behaviors that management wants to see rewarded. The second step is to determine which types of appreciation trophies and awards will be handed out and in what sort of time frame to do so. See more at


In this Forbes article by Kevin Kruse, you can learn a variety of ways to show appreciation to those employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Not only does this type of proactive behavior help your business out, these appreciation trophies and awards can also serve as a motivator for other employees as well.


appreciation awardIn this article, Susan M. Heathfield writes about achievement awards and trophies. Using them to acknowledge the efforts employees are making can do a great deal to encourage loyalty and goodwill. As she points out in her article, these awards don’t have to be elaborate or expensive either.


The ‘No-Sugar Coach’ first tells you the difference between intrinsic motivation  and extrinsic motivation. Then, he gives you lots of different ideas on things, such as stickers, days off, trophies and awards, and more, that you can use to show your appreciation for your employees.

Employers might wonder if appreciation trophies and awards are really worth the time, effort and expense to hand out to employees. In this article on the Vanadium Mining website, a worthy case is made in favor of not only starting up some type of program recognizing employees but making sure that it doesn’t fizzle out after just a few months.