The final game of the pee wee sports season is the culmination of all of the hard work you and the players put in throughout the season. One final get together after the last game is a way to wrap up the season. The players get one last chance to hang out together and you can celebrate each of the players and their accomplishments. Check out these ideas for finishing the season.
You just finished playing a sport. Why not take the team out to the ball park, basketball court or hockey rink to watch the professionals play? If you don’t have a professional, college or minor league team in your area, take in a high school game. Your players still benefit from seeing much older players in the sport. The outing may inspire your players to stick with the sport or give them ideas for moves when the next season starts again.
Don’t want to sit on the sidelines? Plan a group activity for the players and families. Play a round of mini golf, a game of bowling or laser tag. Another option is to plan an activity related to the sport you coach. If you’re a baseball coach, gather the team and their families at the batting cages, or challenge them to a game of kickball. If you’re wrapping up the hockey season, get everyone on the ice for a free skating session.
Parents Versus Kids
At the end of my son’s last soccer season, we played a parents versus kids game. We all had a great time. The kids loved going up against their parents. And some of the parents realized that it’s not as easy as it looks from the sidelines. Try to schedule time on the court or field right after your last game for this season wrap-up activity.
If the weather is nice, head to a local park for a group picnic. This option is an informal way for you to spend time with the players and families one last time. Ask each family to share a dish for the picnic, or have the families bring their own meals. Another option is to order pizza and eat it at the park.
No matter how you end the season, don’t forget to recognize each of your players. I like to pass out medals to my players after the final game. The kids get a memento of their accomplishments for the season. Say a little something about each player, focusing particularly on how they improved. Avoid naming one person the VIP at the pee wee sports level as it often leads to hurt feelings.
Saying Good Bye
The kids are likely to feel a mix of emotions at the end of the season. They’re ready to be done, but they’ll also miss their teammates and their coaches. Take the time to plan one last team gather to help the kids finish the season positively.