When you're organizing a youth football tournament, one of your tasks will be to prepare trophies for the championship-winning teams, as well as smaller individual trophies for each team's most valuable player. It can also be nice to order some custom medals that coaches or tournament administrators can hand out to deserving players. While you may wish to get participation medals for each of the young athletes who will take part in the tournament, thinking of some different areas that you can recognize and having corresponding medals made is something that will go over well among the players and their parents alike. Here are some custom medals that you can consider.
An impressive catch, even if it doesn't immediately lead to a touchdown, can create a big momentum swing in a youth football game. Having a custom medal to give out to the player who makes the best catch in each game of the tournament can be an effective way to recognize this individual effort. It could be a leap over a defender or a receiver having to adjust his route to snag a poorly thrown or tipped pass, or perhaps even a dive to snag a ball heading out of bounds.
It's also important to recognize the players on the other side of the ball, who may occasionally get overlooked by the offense. The defense of any football team is pivotal to its success, even at the youth level. As such, a custom medal to recognize the best tackle of the game can be ideal. In youth football, coaches emphasize fundamentals. This means that the most fundamentally sound tackle — rather than perhaps the one that gets fans out of their seats — should ideally be recognized. In other words, you're looking for a player who wraps up his opponent and pulls him down.
Best Special Teams Play
Special teams plays can also be critical in deciding the outcome of a game, and can also be highly exciting. A custom medal given to the player who produces the best play on special teams gives you a number of plays to consider. The medal recipient could be a kick returner who takes a kick back for a touchdown, or it could be a special teams player who blocks a punt to give his team valuable field position. The recipient could also be a punter whose punt pins the opposition deep inside its zone.