Great End of Sports Season Party Ideas!
It is unfortunate that season-ending parties are usually thrown together at the last minute, often by coaches who don’t have much time. With a little planning ahead by coaches or by parent volunteers, those parties can be much more enjoyable for parents and kids. AND much less stressful.
Thinking WAY ahead
It is not always possible to put a date for the end-of-season party on the calendar at the beginning of the season. There’s just too many variables with playoffs and other calendar changes.
However, if you are in charge of the party, you can begin planning other things: trophies, coach’s gifts, other program ideas, and invitations. With SignUpGenius to help, you can actually assign tasks with a well-cushioned deadline so that many of the variables will already be taken care of. Then, as soon as it is possible, choose a date for the actual party, knowing that half the work has already been done.
Many teams get stuck in a rut, doing the same party year after year. And quite honestly, it gets to be rather monotonous. Why not change it up every year? Why not make it an event that parents actually look forward to?
• Restaurant party. Contact them for group packages and reservations. The old standby is pizza, but you could look for other places with buffets or games.
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• Outdoor party. Cookouts or potlucks at the park, pool, beach or lake give the kids lots of room to play.
Many end-of-season parties can feel thrown-together. Because they most likely are. But with a little planning and delegation of duties, the program can actually be fun and creative.
• Highlight video. It may take some time and planning, but a video including photos and/or clips set to music is always a winner.
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• Coach’s gifts. You may not like him or agree with his philosophy, but he deserves your gratitude for giving up his time and energy to coach your child. Ideas range all the way from restaurant gift cards to momentos, like signed balls or signed team pictures. Take the time to have the kids all write something to the coach on a card. Those kinds of affirmations are far more meaningful than a gift-wrapped package.
With a little pre-planning, your child’s end-of-season team party can be more than just an afterthought, it can be a real celebration that both parents and kids enjoy.
Janis Meredith writes Jbmthinks, a blog on sports parenting and youth sports. After being a coach's wife for 27 years and a sports parent for 17, she sees issues from both sides of the bench.
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Posted by Kandice Cox on Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:45 AM EST
For coaches gifts last year I took action shots of the our little sluggers 4-6 year olds playing t-ball and had them autograph their own picture and then put them into a large frame making it into a big collage. And I slid a little gift card to the movies as well.
Even though all our kids get trophies I wanted to give them something a little extra and made each one a photo album of all the action shots that had been taken through the season and had each coach write a letter to each player to put on the back of the album. I still hear about how much the kids love them and look at them all the time.
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