The Best Snacks for Softball Tournament Day!

July 10, 2013 Leave a reply

Softball tournament day is a big one for you and your kids. It usually means waking up early and enjoying the sun all day long. Make sure your softball tournament day is perfect by bringing the best snacks for you and your family.

“Fresh fruit is fast food!” Apples, grapes, and tangerinesare all easy to pack and are usually crowd-pleasers for all ages. With a little planning ahead,seasonal favorites like watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches can work great too, and are very affordable.

Remember good protein sources for your athletes; they need energy that will stay with them for the long haul. Great portable options are: trail mix, beef jerky, cheese sticks, lunch meat, or peanut butter for dipping fruit slices in.

The real trick is keeping all the snacks cool all day. Our favorite ways to keep our best snacks in their best shape on softball tournament day:

What are your best snacks for softball tournament day?

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3 Reasons Why Sports Roses Make Great Awards for Your Softball Tournament

June 7, 2013 Leave a reply

Have you tried organizing a local sports tournament and experienced the pressures of thinking about the perfect award for such an event?

Sure, there are the medals and the trophies, but don’t you want your event to stand out from the norm?

Start a new tradition this season with by giving out Sports Roses as awards. Sports Roses are handcrafted artificial roses featuring petals made from the same material used to make baseballs, footballs, basketballs, softballs or volleyballs. It’s a great way to make a sporting statement, and it’s a definite eye catcher for sports fans.
Here are 3 reasons why Sports Roses would make a great award for your local softball tournament.

1.   Sports Roses are great awards to keep and cherish. It’s easy to run out of new ideas for tournament awards when you host a tournament year after year. The uniqueness of Sports Roses have found them becoming a part of new award traditions in many tournaments around the country. Spice up your softball tournament by using Softball Roses to replace or complement the ubiquitous trophy and medal awards. Gift a gift that players and supporters will cherish for years to come.

2.   Sports Roses awards last forever. You know how most awards get misplaced or ruined after a short period of time? It won’t be long before the typical mass produced medals and trophies you give out during the local softball tournament get brushed to the side and forgotten, or fall apart due to shoddy materials. By using high quality materials and providing special care and attention to each Sports Rose created by hand, you know your awards will stand the test of time. And unlike live flower gifts that wilt and die within a few days, Sports Roses will bloom forever and find a special place in the heart of your recipient.softball player with Softball Rose, medal, and trophy

3.   Sports Roses awards are beautiful. Live roses are naturally beautiful; that’s why they always occupy a conspicuous spot in the living room. Now imagine roses with petals made from the same genuine materials used in making of actual game balls? Sports Roses symbolize your passion for sports in a way that few other awards can achieve. By giving out Sports Roses, you can be confident that your award will beautify the office, home, or dorm of a passionate sports fan.

Don’t get caught up in the traditional trophies and medals for your next event, specifically if it’s for softball or similar tournaments. Use Sports Roses to add novelty and fun to your events. Make your tournament stand out to keep teams coming back year after year!

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What local sporting events are you organizing this year, and how can Sports Roses help you make it memorable? Tell us in the comments below. 

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Create Fantastic Awards for Your Softball Tournament

May 3, 2013 Leave a reply

We know that most softball players are in it for the love of the game. The thrill of a great hit. The whoosh of a blinding pitch. The thrill of stolen bases and sliding into home. Winning is just the icing on the cake. After all, “It isn’t whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game,” right?

Well, just like a cake can be ruined by bad icing, the fun of a tournament can be dampened by less-than-stellar awards. We’ve all seen it happen. A cheap trophy or tired medal is okay for the peewee league, but the older the athletes the better the prize needs to be.

Here’s our list of what NOT to do:

  • DON’T go to the dollar store. Cheapness isn’t a win.
  • DON’T wait until the last minute.
  • DON’T give them something you wouldn’t like or use.
  • DON’T give the same things to third place and first place.
  • DON’T do the same thing every year.

Instead, try these great ideas:

  • DO make it personal
  • DO give out winner’s t-shirts or hats that can’t be purchased anywhere else
  • DO give out trophies that look classy
  • DO include something for each individual player
  • DO remember to honor the coach
  • DO offer participation prizes

Consider adding flowers for the team and really try to think of a dramatic description of the elements of each game that brought the winning team to first place. (Softball Roses can be especially crowd-pleasing!)  Do a special presentation of the award. See if you can get past winners to come and present. Or, find another high profile member of your organization to present the awards.

Taking pictures while handing out awards is also a great way to memorialize the moment and make winning special for your standout athletes. Photos from a professional photographer are an award all on their own.

Also, take into consideration how you award the people who didn’t win. While it makes sense for softball awards to be tiered, with the biggest winners winning the most, it also makes sense to award those that don’t make it as far in the tournament but still work hard. Awarding individuals for best runs or most on-base hits is a great way to motivate teams that may not perform as well overall but are still giving it their best.

What are your favorite softball awards?

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