How to Deal with Difficult Parents as a Coach: The Complete Guide

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In every coach's career, it is inevitable that they will at some point be faced with the wrath of an angry or overly aggressive parent. You might be faced with that parent who is convinced that their eleven-year-old son or daughter is cut out for the pros. Or maybe you have a belligerent parent terrorizing the other team's players from the sidelines.

Whatever the case, fear not, as we have gathered up the most helpful tips for sports coaches to deal with difficult parents.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Guides, Coaching

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice for New Sports Coaches: 13 Coaches Share Their Wisdom

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with its own unique challenges.

We asked a wide variety of sports coaches with different backgrounds and years of experience the same question:

What is the single greatest piece of advice you would give to a new sports coach?

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Tags: Advice, Lacrosse, Basketball, Football, Guides, Baseball, Little Leage, Coaching

Youth Basketball Tournaments: Tips for Coaches

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Teaching children how to play a sport is an effective tool that can not only teach the fundamentals of the game, but can also instill discipline, work ethic, and several other skills that can be used in everyday life.

While playing basketball is a fun activity for kids of any age, there are many who play in an organized league where competition is at the forefront. We've pulled a wealth of tips and strategies for coaches coaching in youth basketball tournaments.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Coaching

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

Why Warm Up Suits Are Necessary for Your Athletes

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Terry is the best player in the club. With his quick responses and ability to sense the moves of the opposing team, he has an innate feel for winning the next goal. However, because of the physical demands of the game, even he requires an occasional rest. During this time, he maintains readiness for the next session of play.

In order for him to be at his best, his muscles must remain limber. His best ally is warmth, in the form of warm up suits.

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Tags: Advice, Team Gear Packages, Travel Suits, training gear, athletic apparel, team sports apparel, Team Purchases

The 4 Major Benefits of Switching to Online, Team Sports Fundraising

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

No matter the size of your team, team sports fundraising has become a crucial component to many teams' yearly budgets.  While bake sales and raffles may build camaraderie, teams cannot rely on the amount of money generated through this type of fundraising for new uniforms or team gear.  Technology is replacing these traditional methods in the form of online fan shops, which can generate significant income for a team or organization looking for ways to offset decreasing budgets.  Are you looking for a new way to raise money for your school sports program?  Let's look at the 4 major benefits of fundraising through an online fan shop.  

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Tags: Advice

Why SquadLocker is Launching a Product Testing Program

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

Last week, I checked in with SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg to talk about our newest undertaking: the SquadLocker GearGuru challenge.  Let's take a deeper look into Gary's newest idea, and see what the new program is all about.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Company, Advice, training gear, Team uniform care

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, Advice, team sports fundraising, Sport-Tek

The Top 10 Things Your Team Dealer Should Practice Everytime

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Thu, May 22, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Have you ever wanted to purchase top brand gear for your team, but can't seem to find it for a good price from a local vendor?  Perhaps you aren't happy with the service that your current dealer provides, or want to create a new logo and aren't sure where to start.  There are many reasons to switch to a team dealer, but those reasons aren't always clearly defined.  Let's focus on the top 10 things your team dealer should nail every time, and discuss the benefits of these best practices.

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Tags: Online Fan Shops, Fundraising, Team Values, Advice, team sports fundraising, Choosing a Team Dealer, custom team uniforms, team sports apparel, team gear delivery time, Uniform Design

3 Ways to Simplify Buying Team Gear and Apparel

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Whether it's for your sports team or campus club, organizing and financing a team gear package almost always results in a headache. 

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Tags: Advice, team sports fundraising, Choosing a Team Dealer, custom team uniforms, team sports apparel

Team Gear Guide for Summer Camp Success

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Summer camps are quickly approaching, and team gear packages are one of many items on your end of school year agenda.  As your students prepare for pool parties and summer vacation, you struggle with grading report cards, finishing lesson plans, and signing your team members up for summer sports camp.  Many coaches wear the hats of teacher, coach, and mentor, which means that preparing for summer camp may be the last thing you're ready to tackle this spring.    

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Tags: Under Armour, Advice, moisture management, Choosing a Team Dealer, Sport-Tek, Lacrosse, team sports apparel, team gear delivery time, Track & Field, Basketball, Adidas, Football

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: Advice, 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: Advice, 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: Advice, 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: Advice, Baseball, Little Leage

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: Advice, Softball, Fastpitch

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: Advice, Champion, Lacrosse

From Top-Tier to Budget: A Training Gear Brand Breakdown

Posted by Tiffany Omicioli on Thu, Dec 05, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

When most people think of team gear they think of the uniforms a team wears to compete on the field, court, or ice.  These uniforms usually have a certain pattern or set of specs that are mandatory across a certain sport, league, division, etc.  For example, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has certain specs for the design and color of a jersey, which vary by sport.  NFHS requirements cover things like the color of the home and away jerseys, number size, short length, etc.

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Tags: Under Armour, Advice, Champion, Travel Suits, Sport-Tek

Dress to Win: Uniforms Make Your Team Look Organized & Competitive

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Nov 05, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

I love to read the comments that come in from the visitors and customers that frequent our site.  I try to read every one personally.  If someone has taken the time to write us something, I feel the least I can do is to read what they have to say.  I wish I could respond to every one of them, and I wish I could take every phone call.  I love our customers.  normally visitors come to us with all kinds of questions, but when they "Request a Quote" their responses are pretty predictable.  Typical requests we receive look like:

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Tags: Advice, 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: Advice

Should the Washington Redskins Change their Name, Mascot and Uniforms?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

The controversy isn't new.  Simply stated, Native  Americans are urging the owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team to change their name as the word Redskin is an offensive and derogarory word to most Native Americans.  Daniel Snyder, the current owner of the Washington Redskins penned what some would describe as a heartfelt letter to his fans, explaining that the name Redskin was meant with pride and history, a badge of honor if you will, and the valuable tradition of the team would be in peril if the name Redskin was stripped from their uniforms.  So here is my perspective on the situation from a purely editorial view point: Daniel is wrong, he needs to let go and show the power of a gracious and good deed to the whole world.

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Tags: Advice, Football, NFL

Why Youth Basketball Uniform Duty Doesn’t Have to Suck

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 09:24 AM

Ugh, stuck with uniforms again. It’s a parent volunteer’s worst nightmare. Well, maybe that’s being a bit dramatic, but when you’re stuck with the job of outfitting your kid’s youth basketball team, you’ve really hit the bottom of the volunteer barrel. Why? Because choosing and ordering youth basketball uniforms for a dozen different kids can be a serious pain in the neck. You have to:

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Tags: Advice, Choosing a Team Dealer, Basketball

Let's Talk about a Good Guy, Ever Heard of JJ Watt?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

After my two previous blog posts (the first was about Ndamukong Suh's nasty on the field behavior, the second about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes a fair wage), one would think I am full of sour grapes and rotten tomatoes.  I am here this week to say, thats just not so. 

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Tags: Advice, Football

The NCAA's Refusal to Pay Student Athletes, Total Hypocrisy

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.

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Tags: Ice Hockey, Team Values, Advice, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports

Ndamukong Suh Should be Thrown out of the NFL, Uniform and All

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

If you haven't seen the recent news about Ndamukong Suh's record $100,000 fine then take a read here. Now lets take a closer look at the NFL's decision to fine Mr. Suh and examine the hypocracy of their actions.

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Tags: Team Values, Advice, Football, Football Uniforms

I am not Impressed by the 2013 NFL Football Uniforms, are you?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 04:17 PM

I was and remained excited that the start to the 2013 NFL season has finally arrived. In fact, my two sons and I spent the better part of Sunday soaking in as much live action as we could considering it was a beautiful day here in the northeast. While the player action has not disappointed and the usual dynasty teams are showing their age, all in all the uniforms are coming in as the biggest losers involved in any of the professional competition.

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Tags: Advice, Football, Football Uniforms

Why Build SquadLocker, When There is a Team Dealer on Every Corner?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 03:30 PM

Starting a buiness is never easy. It takes capital, dedicated employees who are willing to trust your vision and most of all, acceptance of risk and the acceptance that sometimes even the best laid plans don't go according to plan. So please allow me to share my vision with you, why I decided to start SquadLocker and hopefully you will see and feel the passion that the SquadLocker team and me feel every day.

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Tags: Advice, Choosing a Team Dealer

Team Sports Fundraising 101: How Fan Shops Will Forever Change the Game

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

Team sports fundraising is an integral part of any athletic department’s mission to fund its sports. Schools have traditionally settled on bake sales and car washes to generate some extra revenue for their teams, but these old methods are gradually being replaced by digital fundraising. More specifically, online fan shops are increasingly becoming a part of the school sports fundraising landscape. Are you looking for a new way to raise money for your school sports program? Here are four different ways that online fan shops are superior to more conventional fundraisers.

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Tags: Online Fan Shops, Advice, team sports fundraising