Basketball is not a widely played sport in the UK. Enthuse your kid's team by throwing an awards ceremony with a slap up meal. If you can offer such events, the players are less likely to drift off to more popular sports like football. You awards ceremony banquet doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. With a little ingenuity and some help from the kids on your team, you can put together an awards banquet they will continue talking about for years.
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Video highlight reel
If you have parents who enjoy recording games on their camcorders or digital video cameras, collect videos and have computer-savvy members of the team collaborate to create a highlight video on your laptop. Because this has inherent educational value, getting your kids involved will help them acquire new skills and gain an insight into a possible career path.
If you can't afford to buy trophies or certificates for the team, have members of the team create mock awards and distribute them at the banquet. These humorous awards could include titles such as "Most Likely to Miss a Free Throw" or "Most Likely to be Distracted by a Cheerleader."
Have you been holding on to old basketballs, wondering whether you should throw them out? Use them as centrepieces for the tables at the banquet. Have members of the team personalise the centrepieces by using permanent markers to write funny quotes or memories from the season.
Hold the banquet in the gym
Rather than renting a costly banquet hall, hold the awards banquet in the school gym or see if you can rent the school canteen for an evening. Tape butcher paper over the floor to protect it before setting the tables up. The members of the team spend much of their time in the gym anyway, so they should feel very much at home attending the banquet there. If your budget allows, purchase reusable floor covering made from a durable material such as rubber.
Gift for the coach
If you are a member of a kid's basketball team, do not neglect the coach at your awards banquet. Have a large version of the official team photo matted and framed. The team's departing seniors can present the photo to the coach, and each senior team member can say a few words about his or her memories from the past four years.
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