End Of Season Parties
Posted 12 June 2008 - 07:00 PM
One of the big things each year for my teams is our "End of Season Trophy Presentation/Awards Ceremony". I'm curious as to if a) you have and end of season party, and if you do---what you typically do for it. I'm always looking for new ideas to make it more fun.
Without going into a lot of detail, each year we have a cook-out at a BEAUTIFUL local park. I rent the pavilion, which gives us access to a creek right next to it full of perch (if the kids want to fish), a sand volleyball court, basketball court, etc. It's somewhat of a "pot-luck" where the parents bring their favorite side dish, we have music, etc. After we eat, the Trophy Presentation/Awards Ceremony lasts about an hour, where I call each player up and spend about 10-15 minutes just gushing over the player and describing to everyone in attendance how he impacted our team that season. I present the player with his trophy and an individual award (a framed certificate). Things like "Best Sportmanship", "All-around Player", "Rookie of the Year", "Most Valuable Player", etc. These are not set awards, but instead whatever I feel best exemplifies the player.
My wife calls it "the speech", and you probably have seen how long-winded I can be, so it can take up to 1 to 1.5 hours (but everyone enjoys it as I try to keep it very animated and entertaining). I LOVED Coach Rob's idea of having the players do their best dance when they get their trophy. This year we are having it on Father's Day, so after I make my speech about the player, I will ask the father to come up and describe his best memory of his son that season. (I'm fortunate in that all players will have their father in attendance.)
I'd like to know what you guys all do as I'm confident there are some wonderful ideas that I can implement. As we all know, this is the best time to really bring everything together and leave a great taste in everyones' mouth with respect to how much fun the season was.
Posted 13 June 2008 - 07:27 AM
The year before I had a couple of parents take some awesome shots during our games. I then had my brother create a game program with all the kids kind of like in a real football program. It was like 6 pages and the last 4 were action shots during the season. They all loved it and it was a great keepsake. I never got around to it this year though.
Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:02 AM
Posted 13 June 2008 - 01:07 PM
Posted 13 June 2008 - 08:13 PM
This is always my favorite time of year. My team has not fared well in the win/loss record---but "we are what we are", and we are a team. Everything we did was complete team involvement.
We lost more games this year than I have combined in all my year's coaching--but yet this is my favorite team. I've seen that losing can help bond a team as much as winning. Years from now, these kids will forget their win/loss record but (I hope) remember all the special moments they had and how they made an impact to the team.
The end of season party is such a great time to have fun and yuk it up with the players (although I am already notorious for that---I am on their maturity level, I guess). Ha!