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The SquadLocker Difference #3: Establishing a TeamLocker™ Close Date

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

The SquadLocker Difference: 

 This 8 part series details the ways SquadLocker is the best online store for team gear and apparel. For part 3, we dive into the ability to set the launch and close date of your TeamLocker online store.

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Tags: Apparel & Design, team apparel performance, Coaching, League Management

The SquadLocker Difference #2: Instant Stores for Athletes

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The SquadLocker Difference: 

Instantaneous TeamLocker Store Launch

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Tags: Apparel & Design, team apparel performance, Coaching, League Management

The SquadLocker Difference #1: Check Out the GearMatching Selector

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The SquadLocker Difference: 

World’s Best GearMatching Selector

Who Benefits?

Coaches, League Organizers, Parent Volunteers, and Athletes

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Tags: Apparel & Design, team apparel performance, Coaching, League Management

Looking to Buy Team Gear? 15 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Order

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

SquadLocker’s innovative TeamLocker™ platform is seeing a surge in interest from coaches, league managers, youth league management software company executives, major brands such as Under Armour and Nike, as well as local mom and pop sports retailers. Why?

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Tags: Advice, TeamLocker, training gear, team sports apparel, Team Purchases, uniforms, Guides

Take-Aways from Start-up CEOs: 4 Core Values for Coaches & Athletes

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In August, 2015, SquadLocker, the nation’s leading provider of technology-enabled athletic apparel solutions for teams, announced that it had recently closed A-round financing securing $2.25 million in equity capital which the company will invest in software development and growth initiatives. SquadLocker is achieving breakthroughs in a stagnant industry by defining, developing and launching the easiest-to-use online experience for selecting, managing and purchasing custom decorated athletic apparel.

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Tags: Company, Team Values, Advice, Coaching

Can I just be a Coach, not a customer service rep? A tale of 3 coaches

Posted by Todd Grant on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

“Can I just be the Coach, Not the customer service rep for all the issues with apparel and gear?”

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Tags: Apparel & Design, team sports apparel, Team Purchases, Coaching

Expanding the Role of the LMS Market Leaders: 5 Ways That Authentic Apparel Can Be A Win-Win to League Management Web Sites

Posted by Todd Grant on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

On Friday, the six-year-old TeamSnap announced that they received $10 million Series B funding by creating a League Management Software (LMS) program that has attracted 15 million users, millions of whom pay subscription fees, which range from $60 to $130 per team annually.  The Xconomy article goes on to say that while “TeamSnap is not alone in the market, it is one of the largest online tools for sports team management.”

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An Industry Viewpoint: Disruptive Innovation for Team Apparel

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

Innovation is altering consumer behavior in every industry across the globe.  Entire industry sectors, led by e-commerce catalysts Amazon, Netflix, Uber, and AirBnB, have transformed how customers and companies interact. Competitors must innovate or perish. Those that innovate are altering how consumers research, compare, select and purchase.

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Tags: Company, TeamLocker

Preparing an All-School RFP for Athletic Apparel: 10 Guidelines

Posted by Todd Grant on Sun, Jun 01, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Some schools are ahead of the game.  They are taking advantage of the myriad benefits for making a "vendor of record" commitment to a Team Dealer for all of their athletic apparel and team gear purchases.

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Tags: Advice, We Tried It, all school program, athletic apparel, uniforms

Maximize Athletic Apparel Spending: 3 Benefits of All-School Programs

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, May 29, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

In today's economy, getting this most value on team gear purchases is more important than ever.  This includes SAVING MONEY on all apparel purchases as well as maximizing the incentives received from the apparel brand, like Under Armour or Adidas, as well from the Team Dealer.   If you're an Administrator or Finance Manager for a high school, college or university league or perhaps for an entire school district, you're probably considering ways to maximize value back to your organization when purchasing athletic apparel.   

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Tags: Fundraising, Under Armour, team sports fundraising, Cost-Saving Tips, Sport-Tek

Best Value Track Uniforms for High Schools and Middle Schools

Posted by Todd Grant on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

The Spring Track & Field season starts up at the end of the month for high schools and middle schools across the country.  That means if you haven’t ordered your track team uniforms yet it’s time to make this a priority.  We get it – coaching is not a full-time gig.  You’ve got a whole lot of other responsibilities on your plate, so it’s easy to let this slide to the last minute. We get last-minute customers all the time frantically trying to get their uniforms 2 weeks before the season starts.  Save yourself the stress and start your research today.

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips, Track & Field

Best of the Best: Under Armour, Adidas, and Champion Track Uniforms

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

March is here, and here in Rhode Island that means the last of the snow is starting to thaw and we’re finally starting to get a taste of warmer weather. It also means Track & Field season is fast approaching. By now many schools have already hosted their Spring Sports meeting for parents in students, and maybe your teams have even started some pre-season conditioning – but are you ready for your first meet? What’s your uniform situation? Have you even taken stock of what’s left from last year?

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Tags: Apparel & Design, Track & Field

Lacrosse Practice Packages Your Players Can Actually Afford

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

Earlier this week we talked about some of the most popular choices for lacrosse uniforms, but when it comes to practice gear, it's a whole different story.  About 90% of teams who are looking for game-day uniforms have a particular brand in mind (or are at least brand-conscious), but for practice gear all that really matters is making sure it fits in the budget.  Teams that can afford it obviously want to be branded on and off the field, but for most high school teams that is out of the question.

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips, Lacrosse

Choosing the Best Lacrosse Uniform: Under Armour and Other Contenders

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

There are plenty of important issues that occupy the minds of lacrosse coaches and athletic directors at the outset of every season. Scheduling, travel accommodations, athletes’ academic performance, and, of course, the team’s prospects are annual concerns for people who are charged with leading groups of young lacrosse players at the scholastic or youth levels. However, one more source of apprehension is often overlooked: team apparel.

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Tags: Lacrosse

Stock Uniform Design 101

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 03:06 PM

As young athletes progress through the youth and scholastic ranks, they expect to improve. Whether they want to perfect their jump shot, increase their bat speed, or lift more weights, kids believe that their work in practice and during the offseason will result in tangible skill development. However, young athletes don’t merely expect their own performance to improve as they get older; they anticipate that there will be better coaching and officiating and, perhaps most importantly, they expect to be outfitted in snazzier and snazzier gear as they move through the ranks.

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Sublimation 101: What is It and Why Lacrosse Teams Crave It

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 05:07 PM

Perhaps more than any other sport, lacrosse has become something more than just a game. For many lacrosse players around the country, they look at lacrosse as a part of a distinct lifestyle associated with the sport. People may disagree about what exactly constitutes this lifestyle, but you would be hard-pressed to find a lacrosse player who doesn’t acknowledge the importance of flair within the sport, both on the field and off.

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Tags: Lacrosse

Inexpensive (but Quality) Options for Baseball Uniforms

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Feb 04, 2014 @ 02:35 PM

Last week we talked about some of the most popular baseball brands on the market. Those companies’ baseball uniforms are great options for leagues, schools, and teams that have the money to spend on high-quality, highly customized baseball apparel. Unfortunately, not every AD or manager is blessed with the budget of John Henry. Most ADs and managers have to make difficult decisions about their baseball teams’ uniforms, balancing the need to stay under budget with the desire to satisfy their ballplayers.

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips, Baseball

Top 4 Baseball Uniform Brands - The Best Sellers

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

In all sports, youth and scholastic leagues take their lead from the professionals. From league administrators to the players themselves, people involved in youth and scholastic sports model their behavior after those who do it at highest level. This is particularly true in baseball, a sport with a sense of tradition that cannot be rivaled by any other. Young ballplayers grow up emulating the batting stances and wind-ups of their favorite stars, hoping that they can eventually have the same success.

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Tags: Baseball

3 Tips for Parents to Save Money on Little League Uniforms

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

“Little League.” For kids, these words evoke fun, teamwork, and (possibly) orange slices. For young adults, they may induce nostalgia. For everybody, they are a symbol for spring and youth. Little League baseball and tee ball are American institutions that have connected individuals, families, and communities for generations. How could one not be excited for the upcoming Little League season?

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips, Baseball, Little Leage

SquadLocker™ Picks First Donation Recipient for US Lacrosse First Stick Program

Posted by Todd Grant on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 01:45 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2014

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Tags: Press Release, Lacrosse

Where to Buy High School Fastpitch Uniforms on a Budget

Posted by Todd Grant on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

It’s cold. Both your boys and girls basketball teams are having great seasons. Fan interest is high, which is great, but brings with it additional time commitments and responsibilities. People are constantly congratulating you and others on the program’s success, and donations are steadily pouring in.

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Tags: Softball, Fastpitch, Cost-Saving Tips

When Are Performance Enhancing Uniforms PEDs?

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 @ 03:21 PM

With all of the hype surrounding performance enhancing drugs in baseball, sometimes it makes you wonder about other performance enhancers.  Companies like Under Armour and Nike have differentiated themselves on the basis of quality and performance, spending millions each year on gear R&D.  But when do these technological advancements start taking away from the sport?

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Tags: Uniform Performance, In the News

Better Than the Rest: What it Means to Retire an Athlete's Jersey

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

It doesn’t take long for most professional athletes to become a distant memory in the minds of even the most diehard fans. However, those who are blessed with the health and ability necessary for long, hall-of-fame-level careers have a way of overcoming time’s onslaught and marking their places in history. Teams symbolize these athletes’ efforts by retiring their jerseys, raising them to the rafters or affixing them to stadium walls.  Yet, on-field success is not always the motivation for retiring a player's number.  Athletes and coaches can inspire in more ways than technical prowess. 

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Tags: In the News, Football

The New Tuck Rule and the NHL's Uniform Guidelines for 2014

Posted by Todd Grant on Wed, Jan 08, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Though team sports are often held up as an example of people working together to achieve a common goal, there is a certain element of individuality that pervades even the most collective-minded games. Hockey certainly qualifies as a sport that champions team above self in its traditions, marketing, and rules. This last area has been under intense scrutiny since September when the league announced that any players wearing tucked jerseys would be penalized and no prior warnings will be given.  The new rule states:

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Tags: Ice Hockey

How to Design One of the Best Team Uniforms of All Time

Posted by Todd Grant on Mon, Jan 06, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

Choosing the “best” anything when it comes to sports is obviously a devisive issue.  Determining who has the best team uniforms has sparked many a feud amongst sports fans over the years. The mere attempt to rank jerseys might seem rather hopeless, especially considering the changes in American fashion over the decades (including the general opinion on short-shorts). However we liked the slideshow put together by the editors over at Esquire’s Style Blog on the 17 Best Sports Uniforms of All Time.  We noticed some patterns to how certain teams have made their uniforms iconic (like the Yankees’ classic home pinstripes). Here are a few tips for building the best team uniforms that will stand the test of time.

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Tags: Uniform Design

Cost-Saving Tips to Make New Lacrosse Uniforms Fit in Your Budget

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

With the New Year approaching, high school athletic administrators need to start turning their attention to the spring sports season. This means answering the usual questions: Are all of the teams’ schedules set? Will they have buses to transport them to road games? How much equipment can we afford? This last question is often the one that administrators struggle with the most. Schools have tight budgets, and splurging on new athletic apparel and equipment isn’t at the top of many, if any, agendas. As a result, athletic departments need to find affordable ways to supply their teams with top-notch gear.

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Tags: Champion, Cost-Saving Tips, Lacrosse

Under Armour's "ArmourVent" is Coming - And It's Pretty Cool

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

Under Armour's newest line of moisture and heat management gear is coming soon. After patenting a new form of "ArmourVent" mesh fabric in May, they have secured a supplier and are ready to ramp up production for Spring 2014. Both short sleeve shirts and jerseys with ArmourVent technology will be added to their existing HeatGear® line. Under Armour's HeatGear® is designed to wick away sweat to keep athletes cool, dry and performing their best even on the hottest days (optimal performance for 75° F - 100° F weather).

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Tags: Under Armour, Heat Management, Antimicrobial Team Apparel

What's in a Name? Avoiding Embarrassing Uniform Mistakes

Posted by Todd Grant on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 02:53 PM
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Tags: custom team uniforms

How to Use Color to Strike Fear into the Hearts of Your Enemies

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

In sports, the best teams often find small advantages in aspects of the game that other squads deem irrelevant. For example, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick focuses on the weather more than many of his peers, frequently allowing the playing conditions to dictate his strategic decisions. Though many coaches understand that the weather has a significant impact on their teams’ performance, very few actually adjust their tactics accordingly. Belichick’s tendency to alter his decisions based on the wind, precipitation, or temperature has paid off for him; his teams have traditionally played well under adverse weather conditions.

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Tags: custom team uniforms

How to Afford Collegiate Athletic Brands on a High School Budget

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

In sports—and life, generally—expectations dictate emotions. Fans who expect championships every year from their favorite teams are often disappointed. Players who receive more playing time than they anticipated feel lucky. Coaches whose teams meet their goals feel satisfied. This inextricable link between expectation and emotion is even more pronounced at the scholastic level of athletics. Since young male and female athletes develop at different rates, it is often difficult for them to evaluate their own mental and physical capabilities. As a result, their expectations for themselves and their teams are often wildly misguided.

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Tags: Cost-Saving Tips