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    • Guide to Colors for First, Second and Third Place

      This blog post was requested by a customer. She couldn't find anywhere on our website how to choose the corresponding colors for First, Second and Third place. What a great topic and suggestion!

      When ordering awards, it's important to know the traditional colors for the places. Use the guide below for the correct colors for the US; Canada is slightly different.

      Neck drape and medal colors for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Neck drape and medal colors for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

      First Place: Gold and blue are the colors that represent 1st place. Gold medals are given to the top finishers at the Olympics and this carries over to the rest of the awards world. Blue ribbons, blue neck drapes, and blue column are also used to represent first place. Think of the quintessential cook off, where the top contestant gets a "Blue Ribbon"!

      Second Place: Silver and red symbolize 2nd place. These finishers get a silver medal, as well as red ribbons and neck drapes as a second place prize.

      Third Place: Bronze and white stand for 3rd place. Bronze medals are given to third place finishers along with white neck drapes and ribbons.

      Fourth Place: There isn't a metal color for 4th place. For ribbons, it's yellow.

      Fifth Place: Again, no metal color for 5th place, but the ribbon color is green.

      Ribbon colors for places. Ribbon colors for places.

      Here's a table to help remember:

      Place Medal Color Ribbon Color
      1st Gold Blue
      2nd Silver Red
      3rd Bronze White
      4th x Yellow
      5th x Green

       

      I hope this helps with ordering!  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or other blog topics you'd like covered about trophies and awards by commenting below.

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published March 2016,  It has been updated for content.

    • Top Tips for Nurturing Good Sportsmanship in Children

      “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – John Wooden, UCLA and NAIA teacher and coach

      Soccer Tunnel Model good sportsmanship for your young athletes!

      When your child joins a sports team, it’s an opportunity to not only improve their physical skills, but also builds character that can spill over into other aspects of their lives, even as adults.  Sportsmanship is one of these aspects that is nurtured by great coaching and supportive parents.

      Sportsmanship involves being a good sport both on –and off - the field.  We want to nurture our kids being both good winners AND losers.

      How do you help kids learn about good sportsmanship?  Below are some tips.

      Tips at the Game:

      1. Set a Good Example. Children model adults, so if you are swearing, yelling at refs, making fun of the other team, you are setting a poor example.  You are a role model representing your child, their team, and your community – act like it.

      2. Stay Positive.  Shout words of encouragement from the sidelines, not criticism. Celebrate good plays, even when made by the other team.

      3. Remember you are the parent – not the coach. Don’t shout directions from the sidelines.

      4. Respect the officials and their decisions – especially when you don’t agree with it.

      5. Stay cool.  Don’t lose your temper, keep perspective that this is a game.

      football sign A good reminder for parents to be good sports.

      Tips outside the game:

      1. Remember this is your kids playing, not you.  Don’t push them into a sport just because you used to do it, let them decide what activities are right for them.

      2. Teach your child the rules of the game.  The more they know about the sport, the more they can follow directions given by the coach and play fair.

      3. For a sore loser:  Focus on accomplishments during the game, having fun, and working together. Help them swallow their pride and remind them there is always next time.

      4. For an overzealous winner: instead of asking about winning, focus on having fun and specific skills.  Teach your child to be humble instead of boasting about a win; because like it or not, eventually they will lose.

      5. Seek out good examples of sportsmanship in professional athletes and make it a teaching moment with your child.  Also point out example of bad sportsmanship and spark a conversation of why their behavior is wrong.

      For more resources about sportsmanship, visit US Youth Soccer and NAIA.

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Top Five Golf Awards

      Time for golf!With the Masters Tournament a distant memory, the golf season has officially kicked off!  The weather will be turning and it’s time to dust off the sticks and get out on the course.

      Golf trophies and golf awards are some of the most popular items our customers purchase.

      Below are our top golf sellers with ideas for how you can use them for your next event.

      Top 5 Golf Trophies

      #5 – Best Steal –  Our Basic Swinging Golfer Trophy  is a popular option for any golf accomplishment!  Affordable and can be customized for both men and women.

      #4 – Best Joke Trophy: Golden Throne Golfing Resin Award  Give this funny golf award to your highest scoring teams, who’s game is really in the toilet! This popular golf gag trophy is sure to get a laugh, whether your event is a large tournament, country club mixer, or guy’s weekend!

      Cameo Cup Trophy Our Cameo Cup Trophy is our #1 best-selling golf award!

      #3 – Best Tournament Awards:  We ship many of these three awards around the country, as they are the perfect size and cost for many of our customers. - Longest Drive: Golf Driver Resin Trophy  - Closest to the Pin: Resin Golf Iron Award - Longest Putt: Golf Putter Resin Award

      #2 – Hole in OneHole in One Plaque is the perfect way to commemorate a once-in-a-lifetime shot!  Even has a place to hold the lucky ball! This golf plaque was also awarded our 2017 Product of the Year.

      #1 – Top Golf TrophyCameo Cup is by far our best-selling golf award, the cameo cup trophy will impress your players.  In three sizes, and even a perpetual version that can be passed around year to year, this golf trophy is a great way to acknowledge a grand champion.  My favorite order was for a tournament at Pebble Beach, what a fun place to send our trophies!

      You can't go wrong with any of these customer favorites!  To get more ideas for presenting awards at your next golf tournament, read my post here.

      Here’s to a great day on the course! Cheers Jessica

    • Worst Trophy Mistakes

      “Average people learn from their mistakes.  Smart people learn from other’s people’s mistakes.” –Neil Patel

      Top 5 Trophy Mistakes

      Worst Trophy Mistakes Don't be Homer...learn from other's mistakes so your award presentation is perfect!

      Misspellings.  Don’t ruin your gorgeous engraved award with a simple misspelling. -  Read the text backwards – bottom to top – you won’t have context for the words, so it’s easier to find mistakes. -  Double and triple check the spelling of the name.  Spelling the person’s name correctly is EXTREMELY important for obvious reasons.

      Broken awards.  Many customers don’t open their shipping box until the day of the event and to their surprise, find awards damaged during shipping. Because our items are fragile, be sure to open the box and check your awards as soon as they arrive.  In case of breakage, contact us immediately so we can send a replacement.

      Trophy doesn’t match the accomplishment.  Be mindful of what you are celebrating and have the price and stature of the award match the achievement.

      Too much text.  Many of our awards have a very limited space for etching.  Too much text on this small space creates tiny letters that are impossible to read.  If you have a lot of text, choose a wall plaque or other award with adequate space for your message.

      Not presenting it.  The worst is not presenting the award to your honoree; just handing it to them in a box loses the impact of the accomplishment.  For more tips, read my blog post How to Present an Award.

      Be smart - learn from past customer’s mistakes and make your award count!

    • Prizes for Easter Egg Hunts

      With flowers blooming, days getting longer, and birds singing, spring is here, finally!  It has been a long, wet, dark winter here in the Pacific Northwest.  Spring really can't come soon enough!

      The quintessential spring holiday is Easter and it's just around the corner!  Many communities have a tradition of an Easter Egg hunt either the Saturday before Easter or on Easter Sunday.  Here's how to make your egg hunt a success!

      Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

      Easter medal Easter medals make great prizes for fun runs and egg hunts!

      Want to have an Easter Egg hunt but don't know where to start?  Let me help!

      Step 1:  Figure out who's coming to your hunt.  An easter egg hunt for toddlers is much different than a hunt for teens.  Decide who the hunt is for.

      Step 2:  Determine the location.  Outside or inside?  For little kids, they may need help finding eggs, so a wide open space where the eggs are easy to see may be a good choice.  For older kids and teens, make it hard by hiding eggs in tricky spots.  This may require a location with lots of nooks and crannies where eggs can be hidden out of sight.

      Step 3:  The Eggs.  First you need to have enough eggs so that everyone feels successful.  The age of the kids will determine what treasures you put inside your plastic easter eggs.  For little kids, it may be a small piece of candy, a little toy or a coin.  For older kids, you may want dollar bills and more candy.  Get creative!

      Step 4:  Hiding the eggs.  Adults hide the eggs before the event.  Again, depending on the age of the kids, you can make them easier or harder to find.  And NO PEEKING!

      Step 5:  Once it's time to hunt, let the kids loose with their baskets!  My teens still LOVE Easter egg hunts!

      Additional tips:

      - if you have a number of different age groups, you can separate by egg location (for example, only the little kids are allowed to get eggs on the grass).

      -Assign each child a color and they are only allowed to find eggs of that particular color.

      -Pair little kids and big kids together on "teams" where they split the loot at the end of the hunt.

      -Create an egg scavenger hunt with clues leading from one egg to the next.

      -Award the top egg collector a Bunny Trophy!

      -Give personalized medals to all the kids at your hunt.

      I hope these tips help you plan an epic hunt.  Check out our Easter Awards for the perfect prize for your hunt.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter and a great time making memories with your favorite kiddos!

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's note:  This post was originally posted in April 2017.  It has been updated for content.

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