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)
I’m a little late in my listening but back in November Larry Lauer was on the Parenting Aces Podcast. It was am informative hour of tennis talk with Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Larry Lauer – Director of Coaching Education and Development Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. Larry is the co-editor of the USTA‘s Mental Skills and Drills Handbook (along with Daniel Gould and Paul Lubers). To read the Zoo tennis book review – CLICK HERE.
To get the podcast or to hear it online – CLICK HERE