Posted by Coach on May 02, 2020 at 23:31:12:
In Reply to: Re: Team awards question for coaches posted by Our Solution on May 02, 2020 at 09:17:24:
: : : : : What is your definition of the Coach’s or Coaches award for you? What does it mean to you?
: : : : We don't do a "Coach's Award". It doesn't send a proper message in our minds. We have 2 non-performance awards each year.
: : : : Best Teammate Award which is voted on by players only.
: : : : Leadership Award which is selected by the coaches.
: : : : We stopped giving out team awards all together. Only awards given are those that players earned from all League, All CIF or from tournaments. Our Athletic Department found too many problems and complaints from parents accusing coaches of favoritism, not being fair, popularity contests and bullying ..you name it...and we had problems during the banquets with parents causing problems when their kid didn't get awards. It has been great. No more issues. We give out all league awards. The all tournament awards..and no problems with parents are kids complaining or getting their feelings hurt.
: : That's too bad because it is great to recognize those who may not always get the all-league awards but I am glad to hear that you have had positive results. What happens to the 4th best scorer who scored 6 points, grabbed 3-4 boards but consistently guarded the best player or took the most charges. Most coaches don't play favorites, players earn playing time and accolades based on what the team needs. Every player has a chance to do those things but not all can. Just like not all of them can score at a high clip.
: They get recognized by us and we talk about their accomplishments in our speeches that we give about every kid. We make sure they get recognized...they just don't gat a little medal or piece of paper that says it. And that goes a lot further than getting a plaque that 5 other kids on your team could have gotten
Like the non performance awards!
We give MVP, Most Improved and Most Supportive Teammate (two this year for extraordinary acts of compassion and care). We make sure in advance to write a brief salute to each player and team manager that I read when they stand in front of everyone. We have a prize drawing for free with gifts the I got donated. Every team member is recognized, gets for free a shirt, dinner provided by parents, and a few get awards. Great night. Have not heard a complaint in more than 10 years coaching because only on our journey as a team go with respect and sportsmanship among all team members and parents throughout the year.
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