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North Carolina Proposes To Ban Participation Trophies


In a true sign of the times – and in a move that would certainly impact sales by team dealers in that state – some senators in North Carolina have proposed eliminating participation trophies for youth sports. The bill would require that trophies in leagues operated under the authority of a local government be “based on identified performance achievements.”

A report by local WRAL stated that Republican Sens. Tim Moffitt, Bobby Hanig and Eddie Settle are the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 430. It would ban awards for kids “based solely on their participation in the sport or other activity.” Instead, awards could be provided “based on identified performance achievements.”

In essence, local town or city leagues would be barred from awarding trophies to 6-year-olds unless they are based on “performance achievements.”