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WishWish Posts: 7,981 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
Now that's how ya keep kids in the sport. Givem something to be proud of and worth displaying. Well done.
>>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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  • LLUSALLUSA Posts: 283 Crazy Baller
    Anybody remember the name of the trophy company that was affiliated with USAWS and made slalom jump or trick trophies? Believe they were on the east coast
    LLUSA, Sr Driver, AWSA Board of Directors, Towboat Committee,Lake Owner
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,053 Mega Baller
    That's some serious hardware. Congrats to him.

    Is that his actual ski? If my ski was that much longer than I am tall I'd be on a 90" slalom ski.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 875 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @LLUSA might be Dinn Bros
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  • MichaelGoodmanMichaelGoodman Posts: 150 Baller
    Has Dave signed him yet?
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 419 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2017
    Is that @GOODESkier's kid?
  • WishWish Posts: 7,981 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I was near a dance school for kids the other day and watched 2 of the instructers haul a half a dozen huge a$$ trophys across the parking lot. Thought their little dance troop won something big...till I saw them chuck all of them into a dumpster. Now if they have so many they can toss them out, I'm thinkn they can't be too out of reach for tournaments.

    It was small but had a heck of an impact on my daughter...course the boys helped with that. After that all she could see was her name on a ranking list....boring.. and dropped out at 13. Sad.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 597 Crazy Baller
    @BoneHead nailed it.
  • ntxntx Posts: 828 Crazy Baller
    As a parent with a child that played many sports at a high level, it got to the point that they are meaningless. Basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, and skiing. Few for participation, some for championships. Over the years, it got to the point that the important ones had no value. Regional and national medals left in the bottom of ski bags. Never removed or displayed because there were so many other ones. Really sad. I have several huge boxes of them in the attic. You hope some day they will want the important ones, but know that national medals will end up in the trash.

    I remember many many years ago at a regional. A very high level boys3 skier that had just won overall with a big trophy. As he was walking back to the parking lot with it, a vendor commented about it. The kid stopped and said "I will trade it to you for a snow cone" not believing what I heard, I watched as the vendor gave the kid a snow cone in trade. The kid walked to his parents car with only the snow cone. I did not stay around to hear what the conversation was after that.

    Lets give meaningful awards and not just awards
  • WishWish Posts: 7,981 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Would love to hear @Luzz weigh in on this.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • WishWish Posts: 7,981 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 2017
    @Luzz thanks. Very insightful. While I think my daughter appreciated that trophy, I do not think it had any lasting impact and was very short lived. My wife was the smart one and repeatedly told me not to push skiing. I didn't. I think she stayed in skiing longer because of that and still skis occasionally. The other thing I think played an even bigger role was lack of other kids on our lake skiing (ok none). Even when other kids came over to learn to ski..there were many, I think she did not want to one up them by skiing the course. While I thought it would be an incentive with kids around, it was less. School team sports is where she thrived. It was all about doing it "for the team" like not quitting despite a horrible coach and talking others into not quitting. Even singles archery was more to her liking do to a team approach. Even though she was usually selected to shoot singles, the team got the points benefit of a one shooter vs one shooter win. Can you comment on this. Team aspect for incentive for youth vs being in what we have as a single ski against your own best structure in water ski tournaments. Most single sport entities in some way have points going to the team in youth sports in schools. Is there a correlation between drop out rate with teams vs singles sports for youth?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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  • pcmcon729pcmcon729 Posts: 64 Baller
    Trophies are a great form of, "Reward and Recognition". Especially for young, beginner level skiers or those new to tournaments. I was a half way decent skier in the 90's and early 2000's, and yes, they started to just fill up boxes. But, I can tell a story about every one of them. Besides, I found a better use for them. I have a large number of nephews and nieces. I taught every one of them to ski. The first time they successfully skied behind the boat, completely without a boom, skis connected, or other assist, they were handsomely rewarded with one of my old trophies. Most of them are now in their late teens and early 20's, and they still talk about it. With my daughter, each breakthrough, (one ski, deep water start, completion of course) I add a new brass plaque to her big trophy. Ask her if she will ever part with that fine piece of hardware....
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 597 Crazy Baller
    My boy loves earning hardware. New karate belt, scout badges, trophy's, you name it. I have not really stopped to analyze the psychology of it all, I just enjoy seeing his face and how proud he looks when he earns a new badge, trophy or award. And the snow-cone story seems foreign to me; that is not my experience with my boy at all.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,096 Mega Baller
    @Horton they are nice
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 356 Water Ski Industry Professional
    edited June 2017
    As the skier who made it to the final head to head round with Jayden, I can easily say this kid loves the sport and more than anything, loves skiing with his dad @GOODESkier who is also a die-hard. I'm hoping for a rematch in the final next year. ;)
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
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