None of these skills have to do with Xs and Os but all of them can lead to more victories By Sue Phillips, head coach, Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.) girls team. 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year Lost in the search for the best quick hitter or... MORE
The Great Trophy Debate
My 7-year-old daughter’s basketball season wrapped up a few weeks ago and we didn’t hand out trophies (we went to a local place for milkshakes – that was their “reward” for putting in the time and effort during the season). The year prior, we did. At this age, I don’t mind either way and see the trophy more of a symbol of the girls putting in the time and effort to complete a season.
With my older daughter’s soccer team, I’ve given them a variety of items as we’ve completed seasons. There have been trophies, necklaces with a soccer ball and our team name on it, and this year a print with an image, their name and soccer terms scattered on the picture. Regardless, the most important part of the post-season gathering was to have each player stand up individually and I’d share my thoughts on what they contributed to our team this past season (all positive at this age).
I know the great trophy debate is a dividing one with the people against trophies seemingly in the majority these days and the most vocal. Usually, I fall in line and pick a side on these hot topics, but in this one, I don’t see the harm in either way. The players are smart enough to know if they receive a trophy, it’s not because they were grade-level, town or area champions – I’ve coached enough teams that haven’t won a lot of games – they know where they stand.
But, I’m wondering where you fall in this debate. Are you adamantly against trophies? Are they OK up to a certain age? Is it the trophy or all forms of symbols after a season that you oppose?