As a youth sports coach, have you ever awarded youth sports certificates? Many parents would agree that no childhood is complete without at least one team sport experience. Much has been written about many of the positive things that kids learn from playing a team sport. In addition to getting some good exercise, players learn life lessons like the importance of hard work, how to handle losses and wins with grace, and the extreme importance of teamwork.
In the course of learning a sport, many kids, coaches and parents have some great experiences. Many times, these audiences don’t want the season to come to an end. The head coach and maybe a team parent are frequently faced with a problem: what inexpensive item can I award players to help them remember the season, acknowledge their contributions, and also serve as a keepsake.
Frequently, a fast growing, popular solution is the customizable, award certificate.
Seven years ago, the Well Prepared Coach™ launched a line of award certificates that enabled the user to customize each certificate with the player’s name, the coach’s name, the date, and also some words of praise. Starting off with basketball and soccer certificates, the line quickly expanded to include: baseball certificates, softball certificates, lacrosse certificates, hockey certificates, soccer certificates, cheerleading certificates, volleyball certificates, and more.
The certificates are easy to make. Just type into the text fields the information the way you’d like it on the certificate, print and present! Some folks purchase a nicer grade of paper, but just regular printing paper also works fine.
Coaches are finding the certificates can be awarded throughout the year, not just at the year end party. Some coaches award the certificates after the first game, after an important win, or to build up spirits after a difficult loss, at the mid-season point, when a player has given extra effort and many other situations. The certificates are great because they build players’ confidence. Confident players play their best.