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.
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.