Trophies are mass-produced and made with plastic and cheap metal; it’s now a $3 billion industry that’s still growing to keep up with demand.
I wanted to know what people thought about “participation” trophies, so I conducted a survey that asked, “Do you believe each child should receive a trophy, despite whether they won or lost?” To my surprise, 75 percent answered that they do not think the losing team should receive trophies. They believe that “participation” trophies are a form of overpraising.
Overpraising means that you are rewarding the child when he or she does not deserve it. You’re depriving them of the knowledge that comes along with recognizing winners and losers and how to cope with both.
They will lose the drive and passion that they have for the game and will start playing for the material aspect of the trophy.
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We should praise kids for the process and not the end results. Instead of rewarding them with the trophy at the end of the season, remind them after each game that they played very well and to push themselves harder for the next game so they might win that first-place trophy.