Sports Awards

    • Are You Looking for Trophy Alternatives?

      The kids on your sports team have been working hard all season and deserve some recognition!  If you’re looking for a way to say ‘great job’ without awarding a participation trophy, you’re not alone.

      Looking for something other than trophies for your team this season? If your kids are older and have already covered their bedroom shelves with trophies, you may be looking for something new and different.  Here are some top ideas of alternatives to trophies for your team, such as the Strideline Socks featured below! Let us know how we can help - give us a call at 877-926-4700.

      Top Trophy Alternatives

      Everyone on your team will love Strideline Socks! Contact us for details.

      Bag Tags - Full color bag tags are great for travel or for gear bags.

      Drink Tumblers: Engrave a sport ball image (like soccer) with the player's name and these tumblers will be used all year long!

      Trading Coins & Pins: Unique to your event, create lapel pins or coins give to participants or to trade with other teams.

      Logowear: T-shirts, socks and other logo wear are cool gear to show off your team!

      Gear Bags - Everyone needs a place to shove their stuff; a useful way to keep track of player's equipment.

      Acrylic Display Cubes: With options for football, soccer and volleyball, display a game ball with pride. Makes a great coach's gift!

      Ball Stands: For footballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs, these solid walnut stands include a small engraved plate.

      Medals or Dog Tags: Kids can wear them or use as a zipper pull for gear bags and backpacks. See football, soccer, and volleyball options.

      Photo Collages - Remember the season with a photo each player can frame.

      Presentation Matters

      Even if you aren't awarding trophies to your team, make sure to put some meaning behind your gift.  Don’t just hand them out without praise.  When presenting a small token of the season, make sure to talk about each player's dedication, hard work and never quit attitude. Be sure to mention something different yet specific for each player.

      On my daughter’s soccer team, the coach will start by saying, “This player was a real hard worker. She came to every practice and game ready to give it her all.  Her defensive moves …”  By this time the whole team is guessing who it is and screaming the girl's name.  This way she’s being recognized by the coach AND her teammates at the same time.  Visit my post Making Sports Trophies Meaningful for even more tips.

      Whether you’re getting trophies, medals or some alternative recognition, enjoy the end of your season!

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published on November 6, 2012.  It has been updated for content.

    • Planning a Team Party

      Parties at the end of a sports season are a fun way to celebrate a team’s accomplishments. The common denominator for most team parties is food and awards, with a presentation by the coach. This can be as simple as handing out a cupcake and trophy after the last game or a more involved party at a home, restaurant, school or other facility.

      Ensure a Fun Time for the Team

      baseball team A baseball team with their hard-earned trophies and medals!

      When planning your team party, a few things need to be decided first.

      Date and time:  Most parties are held at the end of the season to celebrate your team’s accomplishments. Many teams will celebrate immediately after their final game; ask your coach his or her preference. Then once the date and time are set, communicate that to the other parents as soon as possible.

      Venue:  A park, teammate or coach's house, pizza parlor, frozen yogurt shop or other local restaurant are all great locations for a party.  If you choose a popular location, plan ahead to reserve a spot, as many can get booked by other teams.

      Food:  The food can be as simple or as fancy as you like. Many teams will hold a potluck at the park or coach's house after their last game.  Pizza is another popular option.  Or maybe its a more low-key affair, and a parent brings cupcakes to the last game.

      Awards:  A great way to memorialize the season is to recognize each team member with a personalized trophy, medal, or award.  If your team doesn't want to give participation trophies, consider giving each player a small gift instead, such as a team picture, water bottle, autograph book, or some other memento to remember the season.

      If you decide to order awards, choose age appropriate trophies depending on the skill level of your players. For suggestions of awards by age, read Choosing the Right Sports Trophy.

      Coaches Gift:   Don’t forget a special acknowledgement for the coaches and team parents as well!  Many of them are volunteers, and it's great for the team to thank them for their time and energy.  Read Coach Recognition for ideas on how to make your coach feel special.

      Budget:  If you are planning awards for the team or a gift for the coach,  you may need to collect money from the parents to share the costs.  I suggest pricing out how much everything will cost, then letting the parents know their share.

      Presentation:Every player contributes something to the team.  To make your party meaningful, ask your coach to say a few words about each player, whether you give awards or not.  Find one positive contribution from each player and recognize them for it. For ideas how to present a trophy in a meaningful way, read Making Sports Trophies Meaningful.

      Avoiding Common Party Problems

      Reserve your venue early. Many popular party spots, such as the neighborhood pizza parlor, get booked quickly with team parties. Check the calendar and call ahead to reserve your team’s space.

      Provide plenty of time to order and receive the awards. A little planning will help you stay within your budget and minimize stress. You’ll also save on shipping and rush order fees. Allow at least a week for your order to be completed, more if it needs to be shipped to you.

      Confirm the spelling of each player’s name. You don’t want to order an award for “John Smith” when his name is “Jon Smith.” Double check the roster, and if you have questions, check with the player or their parents.

      A team party is a great way to celebrate the team and its accomplishments. Here's to another great season!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Top Five Golf Awards

      Time for golf!With the Masters Tournament in the record books after Tiger's epic win, the golf season has officially kicked off!  The weather is 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

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published April 2018,  It has been updated for content.

    • What is the difference between a cup and a trophy?

      We sometimes get asked the question "What is the difference between a cup and a trophy?".  The short answer is a cup is a KIND of trophy, just like an apple is a kind of fruit, but read more to get the full scoop.

      Loving Cup Trophy This traditional Loving Cup Trophy contains a figure top, the golden cup, and then a walnut base with a black brass engraved plate.

      The definition of a trophy is: "A cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success".

      Trophies are made of two pieces - a top (called a trophy "figure") and a bottom (called a "base").  All trophies have a figure top, which can be a variety of shapes, colors and styles including a cup, a star, a person (such as an Oscar trophy) a sports figure, etc.  To answer the question, a chalice cup can definitely be a figure top, but it doesn't have to be.

      The base of the trophy contains the engraved text, including the name of the award, event name, winners name, for example.

      There are many different types of trophies, the only limit is imagination!  But Cup Trophies are a classic style that never goes out of fashion and endures the test of time.  Discover our many trophies at our website, including Chalice Cup Trophies!

      Cheers!

      Jessica

    • Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl

      Turkey Bowl!

      Now that Halloween is all wrapped up, it's time to look forward to the next big holiday, THANKSGIVING!  And when thinking about Thanksgiving, you can't help but think about FOOTBALL! They go together and you can’t have one without the other IMO!

      If football is a Thanksgiving tradition in your family, you can enjoy it two ways:  Watching or Playing.

      Watching:  Gather with family and friends, feeling grateful for all of your blessings, then eat until your pants won’t button.   Then after the feast, pass out on the couch watching the epic NFL football battles on TV.  Let the tryptophan do it’s magic!

      Playing:  Actually move your body with a walk or activity.  Participate in a local Turkey Trot, such as the one in my community of Issaquah, WA.  Or gather your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to host a Turkey Bowl!  Play a competitive game of tackle or touch football on Thanksgiving Day or over the long Thanksgiving weekend to counteract that delicious gluttonous Thanksgiving meal.

      Turkey Bowl Plans

      So how do you put together a Turkey Bowl game?  Here are some ideas to think about when planning.

      Party:  Most people keep their Turkey Bowl competition low-key, as the whole Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Holiday kick off is party enough for that weekend each year.  But if you decide to create a party a great website to get ideas for invitations, decorations, and themes is Party411.

      Food:  Play BEFORE eating Thanksgiving dinner – the exercise will work up an appetite, earlier in the day means light and warmer temperatures, and your stomach won’t be totally stuffed, making your players sleepy blobs!  However DO be sure to bring plenty of water to keep your “athletes” well hydrated.

      Location: Local schools, a nearby large field, or a neighborhood park all make great locations for your football game.  Make sure to know the boundaries of the “field” so there aren’t arguments later about what’s in bounds and what’s out.

      The Ultimate Turkey Bowl competition, white meat vs. dark meat!

      Annual Turkey Bowl Trophy:  Your turkey bowl trophy can really be anything unique to your family, just add an engraved plate to customize it.  Some great options include:

      -    Turkey trophies – both a traditional turkey and a goofy turkey

      -    Turkey bowl plaques that can be printed in full color

      -    Our exclusive Turkey Bowl Championship Trophy.  One past customer had turkeys printed on the plate of their football trophy, it was super cute!

      If part of your Thanksgiving tradition already includes a turkey bowl, tell us about it in the comment!  Or if you want to start a turkey bowl, give it a try!  And don’t forget the turkey trophy!  Happy Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for!

      Cheers, Jessica

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published November 2017,  It has been updated for content.

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