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Participation trophies are a hotly debated topic, and in fact, one parent, a professional athlete, is so strongly opposed to them that he publicly took a participation trophy away from his son. However, there is another side of the debate, and many people actually believe participation trophies are a positive thing.
Wondering if you should organise participation trophies for your child's team? Here are five signs you should:
1. Your children have actually participated.
Participation trophies don't necessarily reward kids for doing nothing. Rather, they reward kids for participating. If the kids on your team have shown up every Saturday morning, missed other events to come to practice and always been there to support their teammates, that is an accomplishment in itself.
By rewarding children for that accomplishment, you let them know that you, the parents, and the coaches appreciate that these kids have missed playdates, stayed up late to do homework after practice, pushed through exhaustion and bypassed other hurdles to support their team.
2. You want to build enthusiasm for next year.
If kids end the season on a losing streak or otherwise feeling dejected, they may not want to return the following year. If you are worried about that happening, consider using participation trophies to build enthusiasm for next year.
Ending the sporting season on a positive note with participation trophies may make kids more eager about signing up for the next season.
3. You want your child to have a remembrance of the season.
In addition to helping kids look forward, participation trophies can also aid them in looking back. When your child has a trophy on his or her shelf, he or she has a memento that can remind him or her of that particular sport team for years to come.
In addition to using trophies for this purpose, you can also use medals, ribbons, or plaques that include a picture of the team with a small piece of metal engraved with the name of the team, the year and other pertinent details.
4. You want something to do at the end-of-the-season celebration.
An end-of-the-season celebration is a great time for the team to hang out together one last time and thank the coaches for their work. During this celebration, it is also nice to give out awards, and giving out awards can be a constructive way to fill the time at your celebration.
For example, if everyone receives a participation trophy, you can plan a small ceremony where each kid is given his or her trophy individually, and the coaches can say a few words about each kid.
Alternatively, if you really don't like the idea of participation trophies, you can give individual trophies to each kid based on his or her strengths or achievements. For example, even if the team won no games, you could give awards for the kid with the best attitude, the kid who ran the hardest at practice, the kid who always listened to the coach or other similar categories.
5. Your child believes in imaginary creatures.
In most cases, participation trophies work best for kids who are relatively young. Young kids can appreciate these trophies and feel like they have earned them, while older kids may be a bit more cynical. Older kids may prefer to win trophies for accomplishments other than just "showing up".
As a general rule of thumb, to determine if a group of kids is in the right age group to appreciate participation trophies, consider whether or not they are likely to believe in imaginary creatures such as Santa Claus. If they are, they are young enough for participation trophies, but if they have moved on, they may prefer to have trophies and awards reserved for more intense accomplishments.