If you want to show your team your appreciation for their hard work and dedication, there are several things you can do to recognize your team's accomplishments. Extending these gestures often will increase team spirit, and improve the relationship between coaches and players.
While most sports leagues have banquets or awards dinners for the purpose of showing appreciation to team members, these events might not be appealing to younger players. Hosting a team party in a way that everyone would enjoy, such as a barbecue at the local park, or a pizza party at the community center, will allow team members to socialize with one another and congratulate their peers. During the event, present awards to players with the best team spirit, greatest improvement or best work ethic. You also can incorporate some of the team members' favorite elements into the party. For instance, if you're hosting a pizza party for the girls' soccer team, and you know that several team members like the color green, use green streamers and confetti to decorate. If your boys' football team enjoys Italian food, serve items like lasagna or connolis at the team party.
While plaques and trophies are traditionally presented to players for a job well done, you also can recognize the accomplishments of your team by giving them gifts that you know they will use and appreciate. For instance, giving your basketball team tickets to see your city's professional team play will give the players a chance to watch their idols in action, and will help them pick up some important strategies for improving their skills. If your team has had a rough season due to personal setbacks or injuries, provide them with a mini-vacation, or a day of fun at the local amusement park or museums free of charge. This will create memories for your players, and will motivate them to play their hardest in the next game.
Whether your team is made up of children, teenagers or young adults, your players will enjoy seeing their name in print for a job well done. Contact the local newspaper or a magazine so you can list your team as one of the best in the city or county, and provide pictures if space is allotted. If your city's news station or public broadcasting channel is recognizing community organizations for a special segment, submit your team's information so your players can see themselves and their names on television. You also can recognize your team members for their community contributions on and off the field. For instance, if your softball team organized a toy or canned food drive for children during the holidays, make arrangements for the local news station to cover the event.
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