If you’ve ever been to a Little League baseball or softball game, you know that trading pins are a very popular item. Whether it’s a team pin, a championship pin, or a pin for a special skill, most players, coaches, and parents have at least one that’s proudly displayed on a backpack or hat. But what makes trading pins so special? A lot of it boils down to two things: the promotion of good sportsmanship and a feeling of belonging within the team. They play a role in building friendships between players of different teams, too, as they’re great conversation starters. At games and championship events, players trade pins so much that it gets nearly as much attention as the game itself.