When it comes to awarding success at tournaments, what is the best method?
Possiple options that I’ve seen:
- Trophies including shields, cups, belts, mini statues, swords
- A mixture of trophies/medals and certificates
- Just the title e.g. “Men’s heavy weight black belt British Champion 2016”
Two perspectives are important here, the competitors and the tournament organiser. From a competitor’s point of view, a nice shiny trophy and cash is the most sort after rewards. Conversely, these are the most costly options for a tournament organiser. Trophies are often bulky and more difficult to transport. Medals on the other hand are easier to manage logistically (as they take up far less space) and custom medals can be made at relatively low cast.
If you want to add a bit of extra quality to your competitions, why not add some personalisation? In my opinion, the tournament name is a minimum and should be engraved/noted on the award. A step further would be to personalise each medal with the winners name. Practically this is a bit of a nightmare as it takes some time to engrave awards and would have to be done on the fly. Including the tournament name on the award could be engraved on the medal or on the ribbon. The main advantage of using the ribbon, is that medals can be reused at other tournaments, so you could potentially bulk buy and just change the ribbon at the next tournament.
I’m against this, but you could award participation with medals (perhaps just to the young juniors) for the feel good factor. On the flip side, I have been to a handful of competitions where they award outstanding performance for referees and fighter of the tournament.
Finally, tournament organisers should carefully consider how they should prevent the awards. A few options I’ve seen:
- Present at the end of the category in the ring
- Present on a podium throughout the tournament
- Stop the tournament and present on a podium at certain points through the tournament
- Save all presentations until the end of the tournament
They all have their own pros and cons for spectators and competitors. One thing to consider is how tight on time you may be, as some of the options above are quite time consuming.