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The benefits of Race Medals

Posted by Nidhi Mahajanon ([email protected]December 12, 2017

How do you deal with motivating runners and encouraging sportsmanship? Using custom race medals is a great way to do this.

The classic setup with medals only for the first three athletes to finish can set the stage for an overly competitive mentality and sore losers. Slower runners may give up altogether.

Athletes may become more likely to break the rules for a competitive edge.

Participation trophies have been tried with a number of unpredictable consequences and raised much debate.

This list of custom race medals will help you find a better way to motivate runners.

1. Avoid Participation Medals

A good athlete will participate for the sake of participation itself, and for the love of the sport. Not for a participation trophy.

Handing out participation awards is likely to attract the wrong people, and manifest a mentality of participating just for the unconditional medal.

If you don’t really care for the sport itself, will you care for the rules? Will you try your best? Even if you get rewarded the same, no matter what?

It doesn’t take much scrutiny to see that participation medals are a really terrible idea.

Such medals reinforce the sore loser’s inability to handle losing and discourage good sportsmanship. Not to mention how it reduces the incentive to do your best.

Since everyone gets the same reward, regardless of performance or adhering to the rules, participation trophies actually enable more foul play.

Custom race medals are a much better approach, since they reward specific achievements and scale to all performance levels, to make everyone happy and motivated.

2. Completion Medals

It’s better to award completion medals, to reward everyone who completes a difficult race or a certain number of races without breaking any rules, regardless of what number you finish as.

These custom race medals will encourage participants to always do their best and at the very least commit to finishing the race without breaking any rules.

It’s inclusive without seeming meaningless, and without upsetting anyone. This can act as a unifying factor for the runners.

The confidence boost of winning this completion medal will encourage runners to persist and keep getting better, giving them a chance to grow and compete more effectively as time goes by.

3. Good Sportsmanship Medals

Why beat around the bush? Make a custom medal to incentivize more sportsmanship and team spirit.

This custom medal has worked well for team sports and can be easily adapted to running.

The individuals who display the most sportsmanship get rewarded for it. This can be at the end of each month, after each race, or at the end of the season.

Two or three medals like this will make an incentive for participants to show good sportsmanship, and to encourage and support each other.

Being respectful, following rules, and cheering for others are examples that would count toward the sportsmanship score.

This makes sportsmanship a fun competition of its own, and creates a positive feedback loop of good spirit and

4. Commitment Medals

What about those athletes who, for one reason or another, can’t really compete? Temporarily injured runners shouldn’t have to feel left out, nor should the beginners who may be in quite a bad shape. How do you handle this?

Always trying your best even if you don’t always reach the finish line is a great thing. And so is showing up even when you can’t participate or perform at your best. This is part of good sportsmanship.

So why shouldn’t this also be something you can reward with custom race medals? Use this medal to encourage those athletes who need it the most.

A medal for commitment and doing the best you can will motivate so much more than a simple participation trophy or consolation prize ever could. And it’s a good reminder that winning isn’t everything.

5. Club Medals

The camaraderie within the club will increase respect between athletes. The best environment for your club members is one where they feel like a team of friends. Supporting and encouraging each other, rather than fighting.

A club culture like this might even get them to practice together in their free time.

A good way to encourage camaraderie and sportsmanship within clubs and teams is using custom club medals. It’s like an honorary membership badge, a sign that you’re part of something good.

Make custom race medals that will be handed out at the end of each season to everyone who attended most of the races, completed the season, and didn’t cause trouble or fight other participants.

Make inclusion in your club feel like something to truly value and be proud of, by giving this club symbol as a reward to its members.

6. Personal Improvement Medals

Last but not least, this medal is incredibly handy to have at your disposal. Especially for keeping the stragglers and the top runners motivated.

For the new runner who struggles but does his or her best, it can be very discouraging to always finish last or among the last.

But keeping track of their performance and rewarding them for outdoing themselves will give them that much-needed confidence boost and sense of progress to keep them advancing.

At the same time, the runners who usually finish first are often very driven and can get extremely frustrated if they feel like they hit a plateau or if others outrun them even once.

This discouraging situation can often lead to laziness or cheating. Or even both.

A custom personal improvement medal keeps runners trying to compete against themselves and always get better, and rewards them for doing so.

Keep Custom Race Medals on Hand

It’s good to have a variety of medals on hand so you’re able to be flexible and creative with handing out medals to motivate the best qualities in your runners.

This list is just a few suggestions, possibilities are abundant if you use your imagination. What other brilliant custom medals can you think of?

You can make your custom race medals here for a good price.

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