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

5 Questions to Ask a Team Dealer Before Placing That Order for Athletic Apparel

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 07:29 AM

The process of choosing a team dealer can be taxing for athletic directors. They have to weigh the concerns of administrators, coaches, players, and even parents, while also being mindful of budgetary constraints. Moreover, athletic directors need to be sure that they have chosen a reliable, high-quality team dealer that can deliver what they promise.

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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

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

Building a Better Way to Buy Team Gear and Uniforms -- SquadLocker

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

SquadLocker has set out to build a progressive company, enabled by world-class technology and executed by a group of team gear experts. We are launching a business model that will make it easier for consumers, coaches, athletic directors and administrators to search for, select and purchase the very best team gear and uniforms at competitive prices.

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Why Your Team Dealer Sucks, and How You Can Fix It

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

You may not think about it this way, but problems with your team uniform provider can be extremely detrimental to your athletics program. Though some traditionalists believe that players and coaches shouldn’t spend any time worrying about their uniforms and should just play, the reality is that the two are intertwined. If your team receives its uniforms late in the preseason or even after the season starts, your players will not be accustomed to them, and their play may suffer. Similarly, if your team dealer sends you two different jerseys with the same number on the back, you may not be able to tell the difference between the two players in practice, and they may be ineligible to simultaneously play on the court or field in games. More importantly, correcting the mistakes made by your team dealer is an unwanted and distracting hassle during the already-hectic run up to your first game of the season.

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How to Find the Best Ice Hockey Team Uniforms for Less

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

Hockey is a difficult sport for athletic programs to fund for several reasons. First, facilities and ice time are expensive. Second, equipment is relatively more expensive than other sports, and each player comes with his or her own equipment costs. Lastly, unlike sports such as basketball and soccer, hockey isn’t played by as many schools, so teams generally need to travel further throughout the course of a season in order to play a full schedule of games. These additional travel expenses are yet another cost that your athletic department must accommodate.

Despite hockey being an expensive sport, your school shouldn’t overlook outfitting your team in the very best gear available. After all, there are numerous ways that your school can save on hockey uniforms and gear without overextending itself financially. Here are a few ways that you can buy the best hockey team uniforms for less.

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Tags: Ice Hockey, Online Fan Shops, Fundraising, Advice, team sports fundraising, Choosing a Team Dealer

3 Practical Steps for Designing and Building a Custom Team Uniform

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Your school’s uniforms are a platform for your sports program; a raggedy look can signify a lack of organization or funding, which isn’t the message that you want to send to players, parents, and opponents. At the same time, you’re likely dealing with a tight budget, so any new uniform improvements will have to be at a reasonable price. In these types of situations, finding a quality team dealer—a one-stop-shopping provider for all of your school team apparel—is paramount. Team dealers allow you to save money by purchasing apparel for all sports in bulk. Basically, instead of buying your cross country gear and football gear from different brands and paying a premium on a small amount of apparel, you can consolidate your gear needs into one large order. In the process, you save money on both sports.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Advice, Choosing a Team Dealer

How a Team Gear Provider Can Help Your Athletic Program Save Money

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 02:35 PM

When a school’s athletic department is short on funds, the aesthetics suffer. The soccer field’s grass fades to brown; the tennis courts crack; the ripped state championship banners in the gymnasium go unrepaired; and, perhaps most importantly to the players, the team’s uniforms remain old and unappealing. Not only is this last problem fixable, but it is also the key to improving the overall appearance of your athletic program. When you use a team gear provider to supply your sports teams with high-quality apparel at a reduced price, you can spend your additional money on field maintenance, facility upgrades, and banner replacements. Essentially, choosing to use a team gear dealer is choosing to take your program to another level of prestige.

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The Greatest Idea in School Team Sports Fundraising: Online Fan Shops

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 04:23 PM

As you start planning for the fall season for your youth soccer league, you must decide on a fundraising method. In team sports, fundraising is an essential source of revenue for the budget. Besides the fees the players pay to join the league, it’s often the only significant source of revenue. Many youth soccer leagues choose the same sports fundraising methods they’ve used year after year, regardless of their success: car washes, bake sales, product sales, sponsorships by local business. Some of these methods are tried and true, but if they’re all you use, you might be overlooking a new way of fundraising for team sports that requires very little effort on the part of you or your league volunteers. Selling baked goods or candy is all well and good, but what your fans, families, and supporters really associate with your team is the iconic training apparel and uniforms they wear. Give them access to those, and they’ll happily pay for them—and a little extra to benefit the team.

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3 Ways a Team Sports Dealer Can Save Money for Your Whole School

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 02:37 PM

One of the most consistent cost drivers in school team sports is the price of gear, uniforms, and apparel: anything your team’s players and coaches wear that bears your team or school logo. While the summer is approaching, coaches, athletic directors, and equipment managers are already in the midst of making their purchasing decisions for the fall season. In school athletics, that includes football, cross country, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball. This could be the season in which you save your school sports program a ton of money by changing the way you purchase apparel and uniforms.

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How A Team Uniform and Apparel Dealer Can Help You Win Games

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

If you’re reading the title of this article, you might be thinking it’s a bit of stretch. Games aren’t won by uniforms; they’re won by hardworking, talented, and driven athletes and smart coaching (with an occasional assist by a lucky bounce or a close call by an official). You’re absolutely right. Over the long season, it’s your players and coaching staff that make the difference between victory and defeat. But, smart coaching isn’t limited to a team’s play on the field or the drills it runs during practice. Coaches who make the right decisions on team sports apparel and uniforms can give their players a competitive edge, especially when playing or training in adverse weather conditions. As most coaches now, every little bit helps.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Choosing a Team Dealer

5 Ways a Team Dealer Will Help Your Team, School, or League Cut Costs

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Coaching a team of young athletes, administering a league, or overseeing a high school sports program can be very rewarding, but along with the excitement of game day and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your players comes the unwelcome task of managing your budget. You wish you could give your athletes everything but, especially now, you're frequently required to make tough purchasing decisions that balance your budget obligations with your desire for the best in team gear and apparel.

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Team Dealer Details That Will Save You Time and Money

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

What if I were to tell you that a simple thing like a team organizer form would be the key to your team having an enjoyable and successful experience, trusting you to buy their team uniforms? What if I also told you that the way in which your team dealer packages and organizes your uniform delivery was equally important? The truth is that most of the work you will have to do associated with buying team uniforms, travel suits and other team gear is either dependent on your hard work or the work and effort of your volunteers. Your time is precious and your volunteers’ time is a scarce resource that needs to be used wisely.

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What Does ‘On-Time Delivery’ Mean for Your Team Gear Provider?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

With various player schedules and field assignments to keep track of, the last thing you and your coaching staff should be worrying about is on-time delivery of your uniforms. But buyer beware: Your purchasing behavior and your team dealer’s failure to ask the right questions and share the best information may end up causing you and your sports program real problems.

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Everything ADs and Coaches Need to Know About Uniform Decoration

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

When purchasing team apparel and uniforms from your local team dealer, it is important that you understand the differences between the several decoration methods that are available to you today. Getting a better understanding of the variety of decoration methods will not only allow you to receive the best product for your specific need; you may also be able to save some money while having your players looking their best, on and off the field.

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How ADs Can Guarantee Quality Team Sports Gear and Apparel

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

In the unpredictable world of competitive and recreational sports, teams, coaches, organizers and managers are faced with constant challenges. The very nature of competitive athletics is unpredictable; you never know what your team or players will be facing next.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Choosing a Team Dealer