It’s mid-summer, and time for Nationals!
Baseball and softball teams from all over the world compete to go to nationals. This is the time when hundreds of teams meet together; gathering as many as 5,000 to 10,000 people in one spot. This is where these kid’s dreams are coming true; they’ve finally made it! Imagine how they must feel!
Everyone is dressed in their uniform, ready for the opening ceremony.
So imagine for a moment, you and your team have arrived and looking around you can see other teams, their coaches and parents. Everyone is excitedly anticipating the events to come, the talks from professional athletes, the access to new equipment from quality vendors, and of course baseball pin trading. In the midst of all of the excitement you suddenly hear the booming voice of the announcer, and see teams moving forward as he calls out their names. Your heart is pounding; your hands are cold and sweaty, when it finally happens: your team has been called!
There’s more excitement: Pin trading!
Throughout the upcoming hours, kids will be looking everywhere to find that special pin before anybody else does. These team pins not only look cool, but also have some really unique and sought after features! Some may have spinners, others might be dusted with glitter, some glow in the dark, and some havetheir own one-of-a-kind designs. Kids here have the opportunity to earn some valuable life experiences, employing their negotiating skills and learning how to bargain for the pins they want before someone else gets them.
It’s important to have a good supply of trading pins!
One thing a coach needs to make sure of is that he has enough pins for his team so that they don’t run out of pins to trade. Pins can be used for awards (i.e. attendance, best batting average, best base hits, best field catches, best attitude), incentives, and most important of all – trading! Make sure your team is equipped with the pins they need to get the pins they want.