Natural pressures like Covid have taken their toll on kids’ participation in all organized activities over the last few years. Even so, there are still millions of kids playing on Little League teams across the world. While Little League isn’t as fiercely competitive as some kid’s sports, you still want to reward your players with something special when they win. If you’re looking to spruce up your rewards, keep reading for some ways that you make the coolest trophies for your Little League winners.
Trophy Topper Options
Getting creative with kid’s trophies can go a step too far if you get too abstract with it. Adults deal with the abstract all the time. Most kids don’t really understand it. The kids might value the trophy regardless, but they’ll value it more if you keep it on a theme.
For example, the trophy should have a very clear baseball connection. Many teams or leagues stick with a tried-and-true batter figure on the top of the trophy. Sure, it may seem cliché or trite to an adult, but most kids aren’t quite savvy enough to pick up on cliché or triteness.
If you want to mix up the capper, you go with a baseball-shaped trophy topper or even a combo of a baseball and batter. If you don’t love the batter figurine, you could also go with a cup or even a cup with a baseball in it. Plus, there is always the glove-shaped topper.
The base of your trophy is a place where you can get more creative. For example, the trophy topper can stand on a bat-shaped base. Some trophies use a ribbon shape to support the trophy topper.
You can also go with recognizable design elements like a star or ribbon. If you want to extend the baseball theme, you can include a baseball shape on the base. Consider a trophy that has a baseball sitting beneath a cup that has a batter figurine on top.
If you use the same design for your trophies each year for consistency, you don’t want them to start feeling too generic. Consider adding the year onto the base to distinguish trophies from year to year.
Mix Up the Colors
If you go with a more traditional trophy design that includes a batter figure on a column, the color on the column is one place where you can mix things up. For example, you can pick a new color or color combo for the trophy each year.
Switching up the color can help distinguish the trophies from each other from year to year. It also gives you the option to give the trophy a bit more flare by adding gold or silver highlights on the column for championship games.
Let the Kids Vote
Kids aren’t the most decisive group of people, so you don’t want to go overboard on it. With technology options being what they are, you can set up a website or website page with three or four trophy options displayed on it.
You can add voting options for each trophy. By letting the kids get a say in which trophy they may get at the end of the season, it makes them more invested in the trophies if or when they get them.
After all, everyone likes things better when they have a hand in their creation.
Get Professional Assistance
If you are going with the custom trophies approach, you don’t need to go it alone. Many manufacturers will offer assistance in designing the trophies. Some will let you pick from a range of trophy presets that they can easily cue up.
You can also look for a company that will help you design a true one-of-a-kind trophy for the kids.
Making a cool trophy for Little League winners is, fortunately, one of the less demanding tasks you’ll face. There are a lot of excellent pre-made trophies out there to pick from that only need instructions for engraving. You can also go the custom route. If you go that route, don’t get too abstract. Kids often find the abstract baffling. Keep it on a baseball theme with the topper and base. If you want to keep things fresh from year to year, mix up the color scheme.