I’ve used token rewards with students and athletes that I’ve coached. I believe a lot of it was used for motivation, but I found that this was not always the outcome. Only a certain number of athletes would be motivated – most likely those who knew that they could achieve the outcome. When token rewards were used given out without the students awareness that they were working for something it would create an atmosphere of constant competition because they never knew when they’d be rewarded. In my personal, professional opinion these should be used very carefully and diligently as well as only at a certain age of maturity.