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

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

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

Custom Pinnies & Uniform Socks: Why Matching Team Gear is Essential

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Whether you are coaching a youth baseball team or a high school basketball team, the question of team gear is sure to rear its head every season. For teams that don't have the budget of a Division I football program, it can be tempting to skip team apparel and practice gear altogether. By doing this, however, you can impact team performace and team dynamics. 

Read on to learn why team gear such as custom pinnies are invaluable and essential for your team. 

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Tags: training gear, custom team uniforms, team sports apparel, uniforms

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

Can New and Improved Jerseys Motivate a Team to the Next Level?

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

In sports, there are a variety of factors that contribute to winning more than a team’s uniforms, including the performance of coaches and players. However, team gear should not be ignored altogether. With leading brands making innovative additions and changes to sports apparel every year, schools should always be looking to update their uniforms in order to keep up with their competitors. After all, these new innovations could have an effect on teams’ play.

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Tags: team apparel performance, custom team uniforms, team sports apparel

Everything Coaches Need to Know About Purchasing Team Basketball Gear

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Purchasing team basketball jerseys and shoes can be a challenge for coaches. The sport’s biggest stars develop their own shoes and apparel, teaming up with leading brands to sell them at exorbitant prices. Yet, your players probably don’t care about the cost of these items; they simply want to look like the stars when they’re on the court. So, it is difficult for coaches to manage their players’ expectations about the gear that they will be receiving from their school teams. Some coaches can satisfy their players’ demands because they have large budgets to work with, but most coaches do not have this luxury. Most coaches need to find affordable jerseys and shoes that satisfy their players and allow them to perform at their best.

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Tags: Under Armour, team apparel performance, team sports apparel, Basketball

A Team Uniform Secret for Extended Wear Between Washes

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Do your team’s football uniforms leave a lingering stench in locker rooms, even after they've been washed? Do you wish you could save money your cross-country team equipment and apparel budget by not washing your uniforms as often? Antimicrobial fabric provides a solution to both these problems. Antimicrobials (agents that kill microorganisms or stunt their growth) are commonly used against bacteria or fungi. Their use to treat infections stretches back to Greek and Roman civilization. Today, antimicrobial medicines like penicillin are very common. But did you know fabric can have antimicrobial properties too?

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Tags: team apparel performance, Antimicrobial Team Apparel, team sports apparel

Waterproof vs. Resistant: How to Choose Team Gear to Keep Players Dry

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

Team sports coaches, parents, and league administrators have plenty of options for athletic gear and apparel. One decision that buyers consistently face for team gear is whether to purchase waterproof or water-resistant training apparel (or neither). What’s the difference and why would you need them?

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Tags: team apparel performance, training gear, team sports apparel, waterproof gear

3 Reasons Coaches Should Learn About Managing Heat with Team Apparel

Posted by Todd Grant on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 07:00 PM

Coaches want their players performing their best no matter what the weather conditions are. Athletes will devote significant time to getting ready for game day, but extreme temperatures can set them back. Extreme heat is always a challenge in hot climates like in the South and Southwest, but it can cause problems almost anywhere in the U.S. during early-fall practices or late-spring championships. Athletes at all levels, from Little Leaguers and youth football players to college and high school athletes, can struggle in hot, muggy weather if they lack apparel designed to keep them cool and comfortable. Fortunately, coaches who understand heat's effects on athletes can take steps to improve team performance in hot conditions.

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Tags: team apparel performance, training gear, team sports apparel