Instead of giving all awards at the end of the season, give a special certificate to one or two players after each game, recognizing outstanding achievements or contributions. You can either present one most valuable player award, an award for the best defensive and offensive players of the game; or an award for strong leadership during the game. Keep track of who receives the award after each game so each child gets an award at some point during the season; and prevents one or two children from always getting the awards.
At the end of the season, give young players special awards that highlight their athletic abilities. Make awards such as MVP, best defensive player and best offensive player, if it fits the sport. Give out other awards pertaining to certain skills and abilities needed for the sport you're coaching. For example, if you are coaching basketball, give out an award for the best shooter, best dribbler and best passer. You also can give awards for the fastest player, the highest jumper and the most improved athletically.
Recognize kids who may not be the most athletic players at the end of a sports season. Give out awards for kids who have the best attitude, best sportsmanship and best leadership skills; as well as the most supportive player or those who have the most team spirit. These attitude awards can give players a boost of confidence at an age where they might need it most.
Funny awards can get a good laugh out of players and their parents at the end of the season. Make sure the kids you are coaching are old enough to appreciate and understand the humor of your awards. Give awards for things such as the biggest "oops" or the best fall of the season. You also can give funny superlative awards, voted on by players or coaches, that highlight each player's personality. For example, you can give an award for team clown or a "most likely to" award, such as "most likely to fall asleep at practice."