When you're in charge of organizing a softball tournament, one of the duties that you'll have on your to-do list is getting trading pins made up. These pins are given to players at the end of the tournament and serve as a valuable memento of their participation in the event. Softball trading pins that recognize the tournament are common — a typical pin will have the tournament's name, date, location, and host team's name. However, it's also worthwhile to get some additional pins made up to recognize individual achievements at the tournament. Here are some ideas.
Most Valuable Player
Recognizing the most valuable player is a standard tournament award that will occur following the championship game or, at larger tournaments, during the concluding banquet. Depending on the nature of the event, you may have one most valuable player for the entire tournament, or you may have an MVP selected from each participating team. While trophies or medals are often given out to the MVP, it's also nice to pair the award with a collectible pin that the player can display with his or her other pins picked up at various events throughout the years.
Most Sportsmanlike Player
In youth sports, recognizing the most sportsmanlike player is always important. This player may not have as much skill as the other players on the team, but he or she hustles hard and is a good teammate, while also being respectful of the opponents and the officials overseeing the game. In many cases, a most sportsmanlike player will be selected from each team, and the opposing players and coaches will vote to determine who is selected. Win or lose, having a collectible pin with the words "most sportsmanlike player" is something that the recipient will cherish as a high point of his or her softball career.
Best Individual Play
There's no debating that sports are a team game, but a memorable play by an individual player can play a key role in the outcome of the game. It's also ideal to have pins made up to recognize the best individual play from throughout the tournament. One approach is to hand out this pin at the conclusion of each game. Whether it's a shortstop making a diving catch to save the game, an outfielder throwing out the runner advancing to third base, or a pitcher catching a laser-beam line drive hit back at him or her, you can recognize these pivotal moments with the presentation of a pin.
Work with a company like GH PINS to get your softball trading pins made.