Sports Controversies

You get a trophy. You get a trophy. You get a trophy. EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY!


Participation trophies are the latest craze in sports controversy world. Some people like to think that participation trophies are the key to helping kids learn the most about competing in the sports world. Personally, I think participation trophies are ruining the  competitive sports among are youth today.

Participation trophies really don’t teach you anything. If you have a kid who works hard and has natural ability with whatever sport they are playing, giving them a participation trophy practically says,”Hey, thanks for your hard work, but keep trying.” You didn’t get the trophy from working hard and beating another team. You got the trophy for showing up to play. According to the in an article called “Participation Trophies Send a Dangerous Message” , the author states ,”Trophies for all convey an inaccurate and potentially dangerous life message to children: We are all winners.”


Participation trophies teach the kids who don’t put much effort into the sport they are playing or the ones that are less skilled in the sport and don’t put any effort into getting better, that is is okay to be below average. Who cares anyways? They  will get a trophy for “all of their hardwork.”

In an interview after a loss to the University of Maryland, the University of Louisville Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Walz describes that we live in a generation where we have kids that are raised to get a trophy after everything. “You finish last, you come home with a trophy,” he said. “You kidding me? What is that teaching kids? Its okay to lose?”

We should do away with participation trophies because they teach kids that everything should just be practically handed to them. This can carry over immensely into adulthood. Walz goes on to say ,”Everybody thinks that they should get a good job. That’s not the way it works. But unfortunately, that is what we are preparing for. You finish fifth, you walk home with a trophy and your parents are all waiting for you excited. No you lost. I hate to be blunt, but you got beat. You are a loser. ”

Instead of participation trophies, we should teach kids at a young age what it takes to win and what it takes to lost. As crazy as it sounds, I can say from many experiences in my sports career, my biggest lessons of the game I was playing came from the losses that I had in that season. We need to teach kids that sometimes it is okay to lose. You can play well, but sometimes it may not be enough to beat the other team. If kids start to learn this at a younger age rather than later on in life, I could see sports getting way more competitive and a younger level, which is a good thing. Kids will start to see that they want to get better to become winners and get those cool, huge trophies that actually mean something for all of the hard work they have put in preparing for their seasons.








5 thoughts on “You get a trophy. You get a trophy. You get a trophy. EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY!

  1. Katie,
    I agree that participation trophies potentially send the wrong message to the youth. If kids are actually losing games, getting a trophy, and feeling like they won the game, that is dangerous. But kids are smart. Any kid who has a decent head on his shoulders knows the difference between winning and losing. Personally, I just liked winning. I didn’t care about trophies at all when I was young. I think it is easy to blame these trophies on issues with our next generation. If a kid has one competitive bone in their body, they will feel the sting of a loss and work to get better for the next game.

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  2. Great post i do agree with you Instead of participation trophies, we should teach our kids at a young age what it takes to win and what it takes to lost. teaching kids at a young age is best thing that can ever happen to them, when they are young, there is nothing that can distract them, as a result whatever you teach kid at a young age will stay for ever.

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  3. Good Post Katie. I had a lot of the same points that you did. I feel Jeff Walz did a good job of speaking on it as well. Theres a generation of kids who don’t like losing, but most importantly because they don’t know what losing is. They are used to having things handed to them and not having to work hard to achieve the prize. Being a coach yourself, I can imagine even here in Chadron you can kind of see that happening to some students!

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  4. I think you made some good points and the one that stood out to me is when you mentioned that it hurts competition and that if we take them away then the level of competitiveness can increase. Many people think that kids should not be as competitive, but I disagree and think that the younger a kid learns to compete the more success they will have in the long term. I know when I was a kid I hated losing and still to this day remember coming in second in a fourth grade basketball league and how much it drove me and gave me motivation for the next year.

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  5. Very good post this week. We had a lot of similar points. Participation trophies are setting this kids up to not know what failure looks like so the first time they experience it in real life, they won’t know how to handle it. They need to understand that losing is ok because kids need to learn from the mistakes and build off of them.

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