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?
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.
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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Moisture management (how well clothing can transfer moisture from a person's skin to the outside air) is not always considered when coaches and athletic directors make team gear purchasing decisions, but this factor is important. In fact, those who understand how high-tech fabrics control moisture could help their teams gain a competitive edge over rivals. We discussed in previous articles how heat or cold can alter a team’s performance. Managing moisture is a key strategy for counteracting the performance-limiting effect of extreme weather conditions.
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?
Early-morning practices and evening games in the fall and early spring can get pretty chilly. Your athletes will struggle if you ignore the effects of cold weather. You know what it’s like trying to perform your best in cold conditions. Bone-chilling temperatures are uncomfortable, even for the toughest athletes. Breathing in cold air requires more energy, which can make it difficult for athletes to stay active and focused during practices and games. Your team will struggle in cold weather if it lacks the proper athletic gear.
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.