To be a strong team in competitions you should also have a strong culture where every player feels valued and supported.
All competition is set up reward the best players for top performances and they will receive awards no matter what.
But what about the team member who keeps everyone in good spirits during difficult training sessions? Or the person who messes up and laughs it off?
The Importance of Funny Awards
While winning is the goal of any sports team, the journey itself is where the team dynamic is forged.
The camaraderie and hours spent together laughing and having fun are the memories teams cherish. These funny awards are a great way to celebrate those moments.
1. Go for Notoriety
Every athlete has something they’re just not good at. From a fast sprinter being a terrible catcher to a great tennis player with a weird serve.
You can call these quirks out in a fun way.
For example, if a golfer always takes chunks out of the fairway every shot, you could give them an award for “Most Likely to Terrify the Worms”
2. Poke Fun at the Egos
These are great awards for those on the team who like to brag about themselves far too much.
In this case, you aren’t making fun of insecurities but those who are proud of what they have.
Awards like “Longest Time Spent Admiring Muscles in the Mirror” will make everyone laugh without anyone feeling picked on.
3. Think of the Spectacular Fails
No one likes being the person who dropped the ball or missed the shot.
But sometimes the way they mess up is so dramatic it crosses the line into pure hilarity. Think of moments that stood out in the year and write them in a way that makes it clear what it’s about.
For example: “Furthest Distance of a Ball Accidentally Thrown Backwards”
4. Highlight Odd Couples
Even though a team is one unit, there are some bonds that get closer than others, and sometimes a little weird too. Hand out some joint awards to those who have taken affection to the next level with awards like:
“Most Willing to Smell Eachothers Armpits” or “Longest Time Having a Causal Chat while Naked”
5. Consider the Fashion Choices
From haircuts to clothing, sports stars are known for being trendsetters in the industry. But until they become famous, some of your team’s looks are just asking for it.
Here are some ideas: “Most Impractical Hairstyle”, “Best Dressed for the Wrong Occasion”.
6. Accidental Champions
As well as hilarious fails there are also moments when people mess up and get great results. Think of the moments that were the most improbable and word them as awards.
Some examples include: “Best Point Scored with a Butt” or “Most Goals Saved Using Your Face”
7. Group Prizes
While the jury is out on if people should get participation trophies, (57% say no), you can still award the entire team for something funny.
Every team culture has strange traits which emerge creating great award opportunities such as “Weirdest Pre Game Ritual”.
Involve Your Team
Thinking of funny awards can be a great way to look back on a fun year as a team.
Enlist the help of everyone to suggest ideas themselves or vote if you think there’s competition for one of them.
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