As our baseball and softball season is wrapping up, it’s time to start thinking about the End of Season Coaches’ Gifts. Our Coaches put so much time, effort, energy, and hard work into our seasons, we want them to know how MUCH they are APPRECIATED!
My husband and I are on our 12th season of coaching/managing a team. We usually work with 1 or 2 assistant coaches. We never forget any kid that has been on one of our teams. Once you play a game together, there is a bond that never goes away. We’ve seen these players struggle and have seen them succeed. We have lost games together and won games together. Some kids stay with us for several seasons, some age out or try other sports. Either way. They will always be special to us.
I am the one with the camera. I take A TON of pictures throughout our seasons. I present these pictures AT THE END of our seasons for our boys and the coaches. For the boys, I will choose 4 or 5 of the BEST pictures of them in action on the field…catching a ball, throwing, hitting, sliding into base…and put them on a spiral notebook (with scrapbook adhesive) and laminate the cover so they will have a keepsake of our season. They can use this spiral notebook as a journal over the summer or as a notebook in school. Some boys like to show it to their friends. Others like to display it in their room. Either way, I feel it is a proper way to “give back” to these boys and parents for playing on our team and want them to remember a great baseball or softball experience.
For the coaches’ gift, I will take a team picture and put it in a frame and have the players from our team sign it. We have a wall in our basement (a room in which we occupy often) and it shows every season that we have coached. It has every kid that has ever played on our team. I think this gift means a lot to my husband and our coaches because of the investment, memories, and energy involved in a season. Every season has a story. Every season has great memories.
I found these frames at Michael’s and I buy the same one every time. Recently, they were selling these for 70% off (I could not believe my eyes!) so I bought all of them. They are normally $8.99ish but I got them for $2!!!!! T w o dollars!
Since this is a gift from the boys and me to the coaches, the parents will usually collect money on their own and present gift cards to the coaches. This is not something that I as the team mom usually do since I am usually coaching, too (and doing the picture gifts) and I feel weird collecting money for my husband. 🙂 We love what we do.
I will upload the pictures that I have taken to Walgreens and send out the link so the parents can order any extra pictures that they like. Also, it gives them an opportunity to forward on to family members.
I hope you all have a great end to your Spring Season.
And again, a special Thank You to our coaches for EVERYTHING!