Whether considering an end-of-season gift or recognition for a job well done during tournament play, giving gifts to a basketball team provides a morale boost at any time throughout the season. A take-home gift for each team member shows appreciation for her contribution to the team as a whole and serves as a keepsake she can display and enjoy during the off season. A special event just for the team serves as a fun way to enjoy an outing even if the basketball season is over.
Gifts for the team can include an outing that incorporates everyone's love for the game with a fun day or night event. This can include taking your team to a college or professional basketball game. Purchase group tickets for lower rates and ask parents to contribute, if necessary. For young children, an outing to a high school basketball game or tournament represents a relatively inexpensive way to combine entertainment with a learning experience. Other ideas include taking the team to a movie, going out for ice cream or going camping. Pass out little trinkets representative of the outing as an added touch. For instance, give each team member a small replica team basketball to commemorate the experience of going to a professional basketball game.
To highlight individual contributions to the basketball team, hand out personalized certificates to each team member. Print certificates from an online source or contact a local printer to place an order. Frame the certificates if your budget allows. Take pictures of each player throughout the season. These can include posed and action shots. At the end of the season, present each player with their own framed photo in an engraved frame commemorating the year and name of the team. You can do this same thing with team photos.
Gift giving can include useful items for the sport of basketball, including water bottles, basketballs and clothing. Consider having a team T-shirt printed and personalize the back with each player's last name and number. Backpacks embroidered with the team name and player's number help transport a change of clothes and equipment to and from games and practice, and are especially useful for those on travel basketball teams. Consider taking the entire team to a local basketball camp. Enlist the help of parents to meet monetary needs, if necessary. Additional ideas include basketball plush toys, basketball-shaped money banks and basketball apparel.