• Encourage Our kids!!

    It's been proven that when kids learn that if they stick to a sport they will be rewarded. This lesson can be used through life again and again. For example kids do tend to get better grades because they see a common goal that they can reach. They think if I stick to this I can do anything. Let's teach our kids how to use this vital life lesson.

  • Need a hope!!

    I think everyone should at least get a participation certificate so that they can hope to do better the next time and work harder !!!! This will give that boy a satisfaction as he had at least tried his best hoping to reach a level the next time as we all know 'After failure there is Success '

  • They ar good for people

    Participation awards positively affect the commitment needed to be "the best" at something because they boast a student's self-esteem teach people to celebrate hard work not winning nor losing and promote the idea of teamwork
    but when your desire and motivation are low because of poor self-esteem how can you have the commitment needed to reach your goals

  • Getting a Participation award is great for young kids but is not needed when you are older.

    As you get older participating awards should not be needed .For a little child it sends happiness and joy to their hearts. Its just like telling them Santa doesn't exist and it makes them feel like its no need and having it or doing it ,but when u are older you need to try your best in everything for example when your younger they expect you to color out the lines but not when your older than 8

  • People don't value what they get for nothing

    A memento, perhaps, but an award? No. An award is a prize, something earned, by definition. Just like keeping score in the kids games, just because you tell yourself you are doing something good, doesn't mean the kids aren't still keeping score. Really young kids may feel that they earned their participation award, but people recognize as they get to... You know... The age of 8 or 9... That the awards mean nothing.

    It is kind of condescending, coddling, and insulting, really.

  • Ruin Desire to Compete

    Kids already feel like they're good at everything no matter how hard they tried, we don't need to inflate their ego.
    I know 11 year olds, who won't try because they believe that if they feel like they've tried their hardest they have. It ruins any way to have friendly competition with the.

  • It doesn't exspress how good the player is

    You work really hard and train everyday to become good in basketball. You aren't the best but the coach likes the effort. At the end of the season, you get a metal you look at the slackers that wanted to leave and see that they get a metal too. Why work hard when it doesn't pay off

  • Discouraging for hard working kids

    Some young kids might join sports to have fun, and do hard work. While others just join for the awards. It's not fair for the hard working kids because their teammates are getting awards for not trying. This means that their is less good players, which leads to less good players in the future when they grow up. Which means less entertainment and sports will just be some event that everyone has forgot about.

  • They are useless

    I think that they should not be given them and my reasoning for that is groups give all the children awards to indicate that no one is a loser; but when the children grow up, they do not really know how to achieve anything because everything is handed to them.

  • The kids who do well aren't acknowledged, they're let down.

    Children are surrounded with great job, you participated. After almost every activity they signed up for, here ya go, a participation award. That one athletic kid on the court who always gave their best effort, who always encouraged their teammates, who constantly showed up. They are instead denied the attention they deserve, and they know they deserve, therefore they are let down. We are sending a message that their hard work isn't good enough, that hard work doesn't matter. All that matters is showing up because you get promotions at work because you were at the office. The only problem is, that's not how life works. Children don't learn how to survive in the real world and this sad fact will bring our society down.

  • Supports Mediocrity Rather Than Success

    Participation awards tell our students that there is no need to try hard because anyone gets rewarded. Why work so hard when you could do just enough to get by? This teaches our children that there is no need for greatness and they settle for mediocrity or worse. We in our countries need people who are willing to work hard and succeed rather than to work just enough. People cannot expect to just show up to their jobs and get a promotion. We want to prepare our students for the cold embrace of reality so that when the time comes when failure stands at their doorstep, our students are ready to continue on rather than stop dead in their tracks on the way to success. Thus, participation awards waste money, give children false hopes, and unrealistic expectations of life.

  • Creating a feel good society of entitled people

    If everyone gets the reward, why work hard to do better. Yes, people need support and encouragement, but that should not be equal to the reward for someone that did the job or contest better! Competition leads us to do better and work harder. Our society has created this need for everyone to get the "feel good" awards.

  • Correlation to the real world. Fast forward 20 years

    I grew up in a generation before the participation award was the latest and greatest thing on the block. Progressing through my working adulthood I can easily tell who had these bogus awards and who understood that hard work makes you better and stronger. And as much as I let upper management know that there are those with a strong work ethic that take pride in what they do (those before the participation award) we are sliding down a slope that in the end what is my incentive to exceed expectations when by showing up at work everybody takes home a participation award in the form to their salary. Believe me I've trying to not care but it must be something instilled in me at a young age when we kept score in soccer and clearly knew at the end of the season who was in first place and who needed to work on their skills for the following season

  • How Will They Learn

    After every activity, lets take track and field for example, every kid gets an award saying that they participated in the team and were an important asset. Now there are those kids who try their best and give it all they got and are good runners. Then there are those kids who hardly ever show up to practice and don't really try very hard when they do. Do both of these kids deserve the same kind of award? No, the first kid (if he got the right time) deserves an award. The second kid does not.

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themohawkninja says2013-10-14T16:53:52.177
Only if it is participation to a final event, as then the participation award signifies your hard work getting there.