One of the challenges that coaches and parents often have to deal with is the increasing trend of children, especially in sport, being handed trophies for participation rather than actually winning. While some say that this is a good move towards appreciating the tremendous effort that kids put in despite not winning, others feel that this kind of rewarding and recognition prevents young athletes from pushing themselves further and setting higher standards.
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues
At Grassroots Football India (GFI), we feel that participation trophies are alright up to the Under-10 age group, but as young footballers graduate to older age groups, prizes must feel like they have greater value and that they have been earned. Yes, players need to be given encouragement and appreciation, but trophies should be reserved only for the very best performers.