01 Dec Commemorating Youth Sports Team Victory
When your kids have joined a full season of playing sports with a team, it’s always sort of nostalgic as the year ends. Whether you were the coach of the team, or one of the parents that was part of correlating team support and functions throughout the year, you probably prefer to produce something special for these kids to celebrate the memories they’ve made through the year.
While this is really not a comprehensive list, we brainstormed to think about some ways you could celebrate a season of games well played, lessons learned, and friendships that were created. Hopefully this list can help you plan something special for your kids, or spark a thought of another thing you might try as an alternative.
Make a t-shirt (or pajama hats, blankets, or pants) for each team member and all the coaches. You could put a photo of the team on the shirt, together with the team motto, slogan, or theme for the year. If it’s for a school team, you can include the school colors in the shirt, too.
Make a commemorative video. Talk with other parents to collect video clips from everyone. In today’s world, where tablets and smart phones are prevalent, everyone is continuously taking videos and pictures and sharing them more than ever before. If you’re putting something together to display memorable moments of the season, ask parents to send in what they’ve captured. It’s so simple … most of the time, it’s as simple as picking a file from their phone and texting (or emailing) it to you. The moment you have everything you need, you can put those clips together and choose some pieces that will solidify the message you wish to convey through the experiences you’ve shared together.
Hold an end-of-year dinner. It’s always exciting to have the team members get dressed up, have a nice meal, and delight in a program together. They can take turns sharing their favorite moments, as well as speaking about what they’ve learned or valued from their coaches and teammates. If you made a commemorative video, this would be a great time to show it!
Arrange an outing or group activity. Maybe everyone on the team would love to go to a local water park or big theme park. From roller coaster riding to going down steep, tall water slides, screaming and laughing in fun together will even more cement the bonds of friendship made through the year, and will establish memories they’ll always remember for years to come.
Create a group Facebook page. This is a wonderful way for everyone to keep in touch, especially if the team is a group of seniors who are graduating and will be leaving in different directions in the world. Belonging to an online community will keep everyone together, no matter how far apart they live. Also, if anything huge happens that will be of significance to the group, this is an easy way to keep in touch quickly and effectively to keep everyone in the realize.
Have a team photograph. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Years later, when they can’t recall specifics of a conversation or the details of every game, they’ll remember friendships, loyalty, dedication and effort as they look at photos of their team.
Make a scrapbook. You might think that you couldn’t pull that off, that you’re crafty or not artsy
These days, you can make books online with programs that have easy-to-use interfaces for even the most novice of users. You can upload photos, insert text, and play and rearrange with the layout until it looks exactly how you want it.
If there’s money for it, it might be fun to correlate an end-of-year trip. While this can be challenging because it will necessarily mean that you’re going to have to coordinate chaperones, transportation, lodging, and food, among other things, it will also be an experience that no one will ever forget. And, if you go this direction, reserve a motorcoach! We do team travel and getaways for big groups like nobody else with our charter bus Boston. This is what we specialize in, and we’d love to show you what great rates and professional service looks like.
There’s some thing inherent in all of us to want to find a way to celebrate and reflect on experiences that have been vital in our lives, and it’s exciting to watch our kids grow and develop through the activities that they are associated with. As the year ends and you want to celebrate the team, we hope these tips will be beneficial to you.