From Dr. Larry Lauer‘s Blog –
Sport psychology consultant to:
USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI;
Michigan State University Men’s Tennis team;
East Lansing High School Girls Varsity Basketball,
St. Stephens Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas,
Professional Tennis Player Marcio Torres,
and many other athletes from youth to professional.
I would like to begin by saying that I am not in favor of “participation” trophies for youth athletes. The reason is not that we are giving out trophies to every player; instead, it’s the lack of creativity in what we call them and the meaning behind them. After coaching dozens of youth teams, I know that an eight- year-old player who came to practice, worked hard, played in the games and cheered on his/her teammates is not excited to be recognized as a “participant.” As parents and coaches, we have to be able to come up with something more meaningful than “participant.”
Kids love getting trophies and adults love handing them out. Trophies are a good thing. However, there is something missing here: the sense of accomplishment.
Original Article from Blog
- Sports Participation Trophies: A New Perspective by Brad Jubin of APIVEO (larry-lauer.com)