In any sports competition, it is not just how good the team has played or who among the players won, but it is also about which team or player took home the trophy. Getting a trophy does not only accord the greatest award to the winner but that receiving one brings out a psychological effect on the recipient. The beneficial effects of winning a trophy for a team or individual player are that the efforts invested by them have finally been recognized, as well as encouraging them to aspire more to succeed in future competitions. Even the non-winners are also affected by the rewards of what a trophy brings, such that they, too, are equally motivated to aspire better in future sports competitions.
With all the above consequences that a trophy can bring to a sports player, the awards committee must ensure that the kind of trophy that will be awarded must be of quality material and appropriately designed. By putting in the right perspective of what a quality trophy should be, the following should be considered: weight, detail, size, material, and age of recipient. Weight and size of a trophy matters because it is equated to the magnitude of the winner’s accomplishment; therefore, this should be provided with importance. The quality trophies are those that are made of resin material and plated with a dark gold finish, however, above this and which is more expensive are trophies that are made of glass or crystal. For trophies that are of machine or hand-made glass material, there are two types, the jade edged and soda glass, but the more pricey one is the jade edged. Crystal trophies are outstanding to look at and they come in the variety of 24% lead and optical crystal, both of which can be hand or machine made. What makes for a unique trophy is the details in the design, especially if these details are customized to fit in the kind of competition that is being played. Trophies are accorded with age, so that in a kids competition, the trophy design must look creative and fun to hold, while in a professional competition, the kind of trophies must be pricey and of classic design. Finally, the engraving is a part component of producing a good, quality trophy and this can be done by using any of the following: manual, computerized, lathing, pillar drills, and circular saw. For a more put up engraving and fast, the computerized process is the more adaptable method compared to the manual procedure, as this takes longer to finish the task.