Monthly Archives: May 2016

    • Guide to Kids Trophies by Age

      We often get asked which trophies are appropriate for kids at a variety of ages.  Read the guide below for suggestions for your young athlete.

      Medals make great participation awards for younger kids - fun to wear and easy to store! Medals make great participation awards for younger kids - fun to wear and easy to store!

      Guide to Kid's Trophies by Age

      Youngsters - Ages 4-6: For your youngest players, go small. A sports figure attached to a base makes a great first trophy.

      Next Size Up - Ages 7-9: For kiddos in elementary school, a trophy with a small column is a great choice. Medals are also popular, as they are easy to store and can be clipped onto a backpack.

      Tweens - Ages 10-12: Resin trophies or larger column trophies are good awards for team accomplishments, such as playoff wins.

      Teens - 13+: Trophies and plaques are given to tournament winners, champions, or special honors, such as Team Captain, Most Inspirational, or MVP. Participation trophies are not usually given to older athletes.

      There's been much backlash in the news about participation trophies. As a mom, I get it, but I do see value in giving a small token of appreciation to younger players at the end of the season. Read my blog post on Participation Trophies for a fresh perspective.

      Here's to a great season!
      Cheers!
      Jessica

    • Customer "Top Mixer Trophy" - it isn't what you think!

      This morning I received an email from customer Tom Edwards who sent me a photo of his "Top Mixer" Trophy along with an article he wrote for the Audio Engineering Society Journal.  I am sharing it below so you can find out all about the AES Nashville event, this amazing trophy and what it represents!  Here's Tom:

      AES Nashville – 13th Annual “Spring Mixer”

      The "Top Mixer" perpetual trophy. The "Top Mixer" perpetual trophy.

      "The Nashville Section of the AES held its thirteenth annual “Spring Mixer” competition on April 28. Area schools with audio recording programs were invited to participate in the annual student mixing competition. Participating from area schools were students from Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, SAE Institute-Nashville, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, The Blackbird Academy, and University of North Alabama.

      Each team was given identical raw original studio tracks recorded at Blue Grotto Sound studio in Nashville, identical mixing environments, and eight hours to create a stereo mix and complete the paperwork as recommended by the AES and the Producer / Engineer Wing of NARAS. Entering the competition, the students were only informed of the judging criteria and what equipment they would be using. The mixing was performed on April 23 and 24 in six identical Pro Tools HD mixing rooms at the Country Music Television audio post rooms in Nashville, TN. The students were informed as to what version of software to expect on the Pro Tools, room monitoring equipment, and what plug-ins would be available on those systems.

      Rules prohibited any materials being brought in, re-recording of any new material outside of the Pro Tools systems, or any outside assistance.

      The final mix created by each team, using tracks from a recording session of “Summer Days” by the group Track 45, was judged on six elements, Fidelity, Imaging – Width/Depth, Dynamic Range, Mix Balance, Preparation for Mastering and Documentation-completion of page 5 of AES/P&E Wing Session Documentation.

      This year the mixing engineer, Sean Spence, spoke to the students before the session and made them aware of the sound he was going for on the finished mix and emphasized the feeling of the song.

      Jill Courtney served as Mistress of Ceremonies. A panel of judges comprised of industry professionals graded the mixes and presented their critiques at the April 28 meeting. We returned to the West End United Methodist Church’s “Fourth Floor Theater” in Nashville. The judges included – Writer, Producer, Mixer – John Jaszcz, Sales, Promotion and Record Executive – Dick Williams, Live Sound and recording engineer – Randy Gardner, Producer, Engineer, & Mixer – David Thoener, Studio Designer and accomplished Engineer, Producer, and Studio Owner – Carl Tatz, and Recording Eand Mixing Engineer – Adam Smith. The judges were not told what mix went with which school.

      This is quite likely the only chance for the students to be critiqued in a completely subjective environment. The winner of this year's competition was the team from Belmont University, comprised of Shawn Gough, Kevin Freund, and Tat Sablatura. Second place went to the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, and third place was SAE Institute – Nashville. The winning school received a MikTek CV3 microphone and each winning team member received a MikTek C1 microphone, Avid Pro Tools, Slate Digital Everything Bundle, Auralex Roominators, Auralex MOPAD, and a half day mix session at Ble Grotto Sound studios. Other prizes that were so generously supplied by our sponsors – Fabfilter Pro-Q2, Presonus Studio One Professional and Presonus R80 speakers. Iron Mountain Entertainment Services partnered with the AES Nashville Section to furnish finely tailored upper torso custom garments (event T-Shirts).

      Belmont University took home the coveted "Top Mixer" perpetual trophy that will be proudly displayed with appropriate bragging rights until next year."

      Thank you Tom for sharing your story with us!  What an awesome event and can't wait to hear about next year's competition!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Epic Golf Trophies for Your Next Tournament

      Spring means breaking out the clubs and hitting the course!  If you are planning a tournament for your organization, country club, or work, below are our top awards for your event.  In a range of price points, there's a golf trophy for every budget.

      Golfers at a Golf Tournament at Fairwood.  Can you find Jeff? Tournament players at Fairwood Golf and Country Club. Can you find Jeff?

      High Budget: $100+

      If your country club really pulls out the stops for your event, consider a beautiful crystal award for your tournament winners.  Sure to impress, crystal is the ultimate in awards.  Here are a couple of my favorites that your players will covet:

      1.  Crystal Museum Bowl:  This award is deep etched with your club logo and champion around the edge.  Beautiful to display, this elegant award will impress your winners.

      2.  Shinnecock Elite Crystal Golf Trophy:  This crystal award features a golf ball above a silver tee.  In three sizes, this makes a great 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award.

      3.  Expressions Green Golf Vase:  Vases are beautiful and functional gifts, especially for ladies golf tournaments.  The green crystal bottom radiates through the vase.

      Medium Budget $50-$100

      Most of our customers shop for golf trophies in this price range with many fun and creative awards available for your tournament!

      Our Cameo Golf Cup Trophy is one of the most popular golf trophies we sell.
      Our Cameo Golf Cup Trophy is one of the most popular golf trophies we sell.

      1.  Cameo Golf Cup:  This cup is our best selling golf award.  For both men and women, this resin cup includes an engraved plate attached to the bottom.

      2.  Monster Golf Perpetual Trophy:  Another best seller, what is unique about this trophy is it can be passed around from year to year with winner's names engraved on the side.

      3.  Golf Cart Award Trophy:  This trophy is a little different, which makes it fun to give at a tournament.  Another best seller!

      Small Budget $20-$50

      Even groups with a small budget can get awesome awards for their tournament.

      1.  Burst Thru Golf Resin:  This attractive award features a golfer bursting through the background.  Available for both male and female golfers!

      2.  Golden Throne Golfing Resin Award:  A hilarious toilet your loser will get a kick out of winning!  This loser toilet is a winner for your highest scorer!

      3.  Duffer Trophies - Another joke trophy for both male and female players, our duffer trophy is a best seller.  For those tournaments that don't take themselves too seriously!

      We offer dozens of other trophies for your event.  Browse our Golf category now to see all of the choices!

      All of our golf award include engraving in the price.  For ideas of what to etch onto your award and which award categories to offer at your tournament, see my past post Golf Tournament Trophies.

      Here's to spring and a well-played round!

      Cheers! Jessica

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