Need Some Ideas for the Ideal Sports Coach Gifts? Here Are Some Winning Ones.
We’re all probably quite familiar with the quote, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Those simple yet profound words came from American football coach Jimmy Johnson. This mantra applies not just to sports, but to life as well. Going the extra mile whether it’s for academics or athletics can go a long way and make all the difference.
This applies to sports coaches too. Athletic coaches that are truly passionate not just about the sport, but about shaping the players and team they have the opportunity to influence, often go that little extra bit. So how do you thank and recognize the sports coach that is more than just ordinary?
In this blog, we’ll highlight and share some of our top sports coach gift ideas to help show your gratitude. Keep in mind these gifts are not only for the specific sports coaches mentioned below, but any and all athletic coaches in your life or your kid’s.
Baseball Coach Gifts
Does your child play baseball either at school, recreationally, or on the travel circuit? If so, you probably could use some gift ideas for baseball coaches whether it’s the end of the season, a birthday, or a big win. Here are a couple of ideas for baseball coach gifts that will knock it out of the park.
Baseball Coaching Board
These reusable boards will often feature a diagram of the field along with a batting lineup with movable player magnets, allowing coaches to easily explain plays, positions, and strategies to their team. It’s a great visual aid for team discussions during practice or on game day.
A Baseball Cap
If you know your coach’s favorite professional team, you can certainly opt for buying them an official MLB baseball cap. You could also go the route of having it embroidered with their name, initials, or perhaps even a motivational word or phrase they’re often heard saying. Adding that personal touch to a coach’s gift can make all the difference.
American Football Coach Gifts
Did you know that more than 1 million students play high school football, and each team can have anywhere from 3-10 coaches? That’s a lot of football coaches who deserve a little something from their players to say, ‘thank you.’ Here are some ideas that can make for a touchdown-worthy football coach gift.
Fitness or Training Equipment
There’s more than just game day when it comes to any sporting competition. While the average high school football season has just 10 games, countless hours are spent on the field practicing or in the weight room getting physically and mentally prepared for the big game. As football coaches often go into their own pockets for equipment, gifting new fitness or training equipment benefits both current and future teams and helps the coach go that extra mile to get their team in tip-top shape.
Reward Decals and Pride Stickers
Another idea for a football coach’s gift is reward decals and pride stickers to give out to their players when they go above and beyond when it comes to making a big play on the field that deserves extra recognition. Again, this is a gift that keeps on giving both coaches and players. Plus, you can go the extra mile and create a special and one-of-a-kind decal that honors the coaches that they can then use on their cars, playbooks, and more.
Soccer Coach Gifts
According to U.S. Youth Soccer, more than 3 million players register annually to play soccer and are supported by 1 million administrators coaches, and volunteers. That’s a lot of soccer families and soccer coaches that should be acknowledged for teaching their players the meaning of teamwork and how to dribble a ball down the field and shoot a goal. Here are some soccer coach gift ideas.
Make your coach feel extra special with a personalized custom jersey. Organizing a team gift to give your soccer coach a customized team jersey is a surefire way to show your gratitude for a season regardless of the outcome. It’s something they can either wear or frame and keep as a memento of their players and season.
A Supply of Whistles
With all the drills and the need to get the attention of the players both during practice and games, a soccer coach always needs an endless supply of whistles. They often break, are misplaced, or just sort of get gross and germy. In addition to the whistle, go the extra mile with a whistle lanyard in school or league colors to make for a goal-worthy soccer coach gift.
Softball Coach Gifts
The U.S.A. softball youth program began in 1974 and participation in the sport continues to grow, with the number of softball players 6 years and older reaching well over 9 million participants. Just think of all the softball coaches and volunteers needed to teach the players offense and defense on the diamond. If your child plays school, rec, or travel ball, here are some homerun-worthy softball coach gift ideas.
Coaches often share words of encouragement and wisdom with their players, and who better for coaches to learn from are other top-tier coaches that have left a lasting impression in the sport and on their players. If you’re looking for a softball coach gift idea, the option for a book can be personal and practical, and inspirational. Some top book choices for a softball coach could be, Every Moment Matters: How the World’s Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams by John O’Sullivan, Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself by Jennie Finch, or Mental Toughness For Young Athletes: Volume 2 Grit – How To Use The Secret Mindset Hack by Troy Horne.
Repainting and Fixing Up the Dugout
Sometimes giving back time and talents is the greatest gift of all. It’s no surprise that funds and budgets to dedicate to extracurriculars often come up short and players and coaches suffer by often having to use mediocre sports facilities. Getting the girls and parents together to repaint and fix up the softball dugout is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and is a terrific softball coach gift idea when you can’t figure out just the right thing.
Volleyball Coach Gifts
Volleyball was invented in 1895 and first became an Olympic sport in 1964. And did you know that in a single match, a player can make as many as 300 jumps in a match? Think of all the conditioning needed to keep up the stamina needed for a match and all the hours the coaches — both paid and volunteer – have spent helping get their team in tip-top shape. For all their hard work and dedication to teaching their players to jump, set, and spike, here are some volleyball coach gift ideas.
Reusable water bottle
Staying hydrated is mission-critical in sports. And when you can go green that’s even better. Consider a stylish yet practical water bottle for your next volleyball coach gift idea. You can even customize it a bit with your school or league colors, their name, mascot, or motivational phrase they can often be heard saying.
What doesn’t say team spirit like some stylish and matching headbands to give uniforms some extra pizazz? Plus they’re practical and can keep hair and sweat out of everyone’s eyes even the coach when they are doing their thing during a heated match. This is a volleyball coach gift that reaches more than just the coach, but is a gift for their team, too! Plus, taking team photos with matching outfits will make for a truly Kodak moment.
The Top Gift Ideas That Will Win Over All Coaches
There are two gifts that top the list when it comes to sports coach gift ideas.
The first is a team photo and action shots from the season along with notes from each of the players. It can’t get more personal and sentimental than that. It is also very cost-conscience and is a way to get every athlete and their families involved to show their sports coach gratitude.
The second top sports coach gift is one that the coach can choose themselves. How does giving the coaches a gift that they can go shopping (virtually or in person, that is) for what they truly want and need sound? GiftCrowd makes that a real possibility.
GiftCrowd offers a fully digital and seamless experience for both gift givers and gift recipients alike. Gift givers can choose to give an individual gift or go in on a group gift. The sports coach who receives the gift will have the freedom to shop from over 400 known brands and pick one or multiple places they can cash in their gift for something they truly want and will enjoy.
When it comes to gift giving – you can pick an ordinary gift or go above and beyond and choose an extraordinary gift for athletic coaches that give back so much.