Once a young person is past about the first grade, it is detrimental to give everyone an award no matter what. Of course there can be an award for most improved player or one who tries hardest or something like that, but it should not be given lightly. It is not bad for youngsters to find out that they do not always win.
It's like paying an employee just to show up. You don't have to do anything and you get rewarded for it. You don't have to try, you don't have to work at it, you don't have to be any good at all. It teaches kids that they don't have to do anything, they deserve everything given to them.
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It teaches kids the wrong lesson. It makes them think that they can get awards without trying. They won't push themselves to become better players at the sport. Kids will not get as much physical activity. In conclusion, kids shouldn't get participation awards (For the reasons above). Now I am done.