Football Trophies and Awards
Every year, late in the summer people start getting the football itch. There's something about going back to school in the fall that fires up the urge to go to the Friday night high school game, the Saturday college football game, or the Sunday professional game, or just toss the old pigskin back and forth in the yard. What is it about this game that is so... American? Well, no matter the reason, with every football season, there comes the playoffs and the championships and you're going to need that football trophy to commemorate the events.
And when kids are young, just getting started on teams, is there anything wrong with youth football trophies to reward them for sticking in there the entire season, going to all the practices and the games, and being good sports? If youth football trophies encourage them, and makes them feel like they accomplished something, and makes them want to try out for the team again next fall, I don't think so.
We have football player trophies and football medals for every budget. And if you are in a major hurry, we have football league trophies with next day delivery because every order goes out the door by the next business day.
Are football participation trophies bad?The topic of participation trophies just won't go away. It keeps popping up in the news from time to time and people are either totally against participation trophies or strongly in favor or them.
It seems the major complaint of handing out football participation trophies is that it rewards kids for merely showing up and thus creates an entitlement attitude. I'm not so sure this is true, particularly for small children that are just getting started in the sport. They deserve encouragement at every level. Don't we cheer our children on when they take their first step? Or when they can ride a bike on their own? Or when they get an "A" in school? Children thrive on positive feedback and if some positive feedback in the form of a youth football participation trophy for suiting up and going to all the practices and playing in all the games actually encourages them to continue in the sport, isn't it worth it?
The other complaint about participation trophies seems to be that it treats all the players of the team the same, no matter if they lost all their games, were the district champions, or if one player carried the team. There is some merit to this argument as well. So as children get older, they should still be encouraged, but trophies should be used to reward them for their personal accomplishments. Did they improve during the season? Were they the MVP? Were they the best defensive lineman? Coming up with a way to recognize and encourage each player goes a long way to building their self confidence.
Finally, as children get older, they know who the better teams are, who the MVP was, and who won the championship game. So in these cases, it is most appropriate to get them individual trophies recognizing their accomplishment, and not a football participation trophy.
So, bottom line, sometimes it is good to hand out participation trophies for football, and other times it is more appropriate to hand out other individualized trophies or awards. But everyone deserves encouragement and praise for their accomplishments, no matter their age or skill level.
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