When your kids have participated in a full season of playing sports with a team, it’s always kind of nostalgic as the year ends. Whether you were the coach of the team, or one of the parents that was part of coordinating team support and functions throughout the year, you possibly wish to develop something special for these kids to commemorate the memories they’ve made through the year.
While this is definitely not a comprehensive list, we brainstormed to think of some ways you could celebrate a season of games well played, lessons learned, and friendships that were formed. Preferably this list can help you plan something special for your kids, or spark a thought of another thing you might try as an alternative.
Create a t-shirt (or pajama blankets, pants, or hats) for each team member and all the coaches. You could put a photo of the team on the shirt, as well as the team motto, slogan, or theme for the year. If it’s for a school team, you can include the school colors in the shirt, too.
Make a commemorative video. If you’re putting something together to feature memorable moments of the season, ask parents to send in what they’ve captured. Once you have everything you need, you can put those clips together and choose some songs that will solidify the message you hope to convey through the experiences you’ve shared together.
Hold an end-of-year dinner. It’s always enjoyable to have the team members get dressed up, have a nice meal, and enjoy a program together. They can take turns sharing their favorite moments, as well as speaking about what they’ve learned or valued from their coaches and teammates. Also, if you made a commemorative video, this would be a good time to show it!
Organize a day trip or group activity. Maybe everyone on the team would love to go to a local water park or big theme park. From roller coaster riding to going down steep, tall water slides, laughing and screaming in joy together will additionally cement the bonds of friendship made through the year, and will make memories they’ll never forget for years to come.
This is a great way for everyone to stay in touch, especially if the team is a group of seniors who are graduating and will be heading out in different directions in the world. Being part of an online community will keep everyone together, no matter how far apart they live.
Have a team picture. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Years later, when they can’t remember specifics of a discussion or the details of every game, they’ll remember friendships, loyalty, dedication and hard work as they look at photos of their team.
Create a scrapbook. You might think that you couldn’t pull that off, that you’re crafty or not artsy enough. You don’t have to be! Nowadays, you can make books online with programs that have easy-to-use interfaces for even the most amateur of users. Sites like blurb.comorshutterfly.com are great resources. You can upload photos, place text, and play and rearrange with the layout until it looks exactly how you want it.
While this can be challenging because it will necessarily mean that you’re going to have to coordinate chaperones, lodging, food, and transportation, among other things, it will also be an experience that no one will ever forget. We do team travel and vacations for big groups like nobody else.
There’s something inherent in all of us to want to select a way to celebrate and reflect on experiences that have been vital in our lives, and it’s enjoyable to watch our kids grow and develop through the ventures that they are associated with. As the year comes to a close and you want to celebrate the team, we hope these recommendations will be effective to you.