Return to Play Webinar - Part 4 : Health & Welfare for Athletes and Parents

Catch up on What You Missed: Return to Play - Part 4

Catch up on what you missed from our 4th webinar in our Return to Play series. Part 4 was hosted by Traci Fairchild, Director of Counseling & Wellness for Rocky Hill Country Day School in East Greenwich, RI, and Gary Goldberg, co-founder, and CEO...

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53 Stats About Coaching to Know in 2021 [SlideShare]

We recently spoke with over 600 coaches about their role, motivations, and how coaching has changed in 2020. As we get closer to a new year, we wanted to reflect together on what we’ve learned. The coaches we interviewed had an average tenure of...

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11 books that will change your coaching game

Coaches expect their players to be constantly improving. The best coaches expect the same of themselves, constantly sharpening their skills and mindset so they can be great leaders and examples as well as teachers.

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Dan Koppen AMA

Former Patriot Dan Koppen Returns as Guest on Ask Me Anything Webinar...

Ask any question of 2-time Super Bowl champion Dan Koppen on Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Live Webinar by SquadLocker Addresses Health and Wellness of Athletes...

SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg talks with school counselor Traci Fairchild about health and wellness strategies on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Building Lacrosse Champions Through Team Culture

We’ve all heard the expression the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Coaches especially understand the truth in this; an impressive player can shoot a back breaker with ease, another may be able to block a lazer with their eyes closed,...

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On The Whistle, Youth Leadership Podcast

SquadLocker Launches New Podcast Showcasing School and Sports Mentors...

CEO Gary Goldberg hosts new On the Whistle podcast spotlighting players, teachers, and coaches and their resilience, leadership, and influence in the lives of youth

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Ask Me Anything: Fun Facts and Sage Insights from Dan Koppen

It’s always fun to find out you have things in common with your favorite pros besides love of the sport itself. Now that former Super Bowl-winning NFL pro Dan Koppen has joined our SquadLocker team as Enterprise Brand Advocate, we wanted to know...

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NHL On Track for Jan 1 Start

What would winter be without ice hockey! If your team hasn’t geared up yet for this season -- perhaps waiting to see what might happen with COVID-19 Return to Play guidelines -- now’s the time to get that going. For practice or play, teams with...

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Coaches Answer: What matters most in your role?

We recently spoke with over 600 coaches about the impact COVID has had on return to play and their roles. Through these conversations, we learned more about what coaches care about and what motivates them to do their job. We heard a number of...

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Youth Sports Organization Fundraising

9 Ways to Engage Supporters in Your YSO Fundraiser

Fundraising is a way of life for most youth sports organizations. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, or burned out, but you can avoid all that by getting more people involved! Spread the wealth of opportunities to lighten the load and allow as many...

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3 Ted Talks That Anyone in Youth Athletics Leadership Should Watch

Every coach knows that each year is different and each athlete is different. The one thing that stays the same for coaches and league leadership is that it's important to be an inspiring and knowledgeable resource for your players. Catch up on...

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Coaching during COVID

COVID-19 has definitely changed a lot of the way we do things, especially when it comes to playing sports. But are there any real numbers behind what we're hearing and seeing? SquadLocker is here to tell you - YES! We conducted a survey of over...

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Return to Play: 5 Tips For Coaches

As a coach you are both a teacher and a role model. And through these roles, you are in a unique position to provide players, fellow staff/volunteers, and parents with information and support tailored to meet new expectations and requirements...

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Confidence Up Among Youth Sports Orgs

We are being very cautious as our youth return to playing sports, but we are also feeling more optimistic about that. Back in April, we had little to cheer about. According to a LeagueSide study:

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Return To Play Discussion with Industry Experts Part 3 - Innovation &...

Watch the full webinar, Return To Play Discussion with Industry Experts - Part 3 - Innovation & Tech. Hosts Gary Goldberg, SquadLocker CEO and Augusta Sportswear VP of Strategy Mark Botterill discuss the important role of innovation and...

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Team Rosters: What to Include, Surprising Benefits, and Free Template

Team rosters can quickly become an afterthought. I mean, it’s just a piece of paper on a clipboard right? It can be. But it can also be an invaluable resource for managing teams in a covid-world and preparing your players for life beyond high...

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11 Sports Movies To Inspire Your Youth Teams

Planning safe and fun programming during the year of quarantine can be tricky to manage. While movie nights can sound less engaging than other ideas, there’s multiple ways to make them interactive and exciting. You could consider: Shipping treat...

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Lack of Fans in the Stands

Most stands in arenas and stadiums across the country are void of fans, as teams and leagues follow suggested practices in their unique Return to Play plans. From cheering on your kid on the soccer field via streaming video to scrapping season...

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Our top 3 mask picks for any activity

Whether you're running around town, running around the field, or running around the classroom, it's important to stay protected this year. But, with all the different kinds of masks out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Below are...

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“Make yourself irreplaceable”, With Tip Fairchild and Parveen Panwar,...

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Booster Clubs Give Funds and Morale a Boost With an Easy Update

With many high school and college sports programs cancelled this fall, booster clubs across the country fear long-term financial setbacks for years to come. But, cutting other activities due to funding is not an option as students need social...

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Lower risk sports may be allowed to play amid COVID concerns, but...

We are all doing the best we can to get our kids back into sports this fall – while doing everything we can to protect our players and staff from COVID-19. It’s now September, a month in which practice and play are usually in full swing. But what...

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Modernizing Custom Apparel: Out of Bulk and into ECommerce

Data just released by IBM in their latest U.S. Retail Index reveals that ecommerce growth is now five years ahead of expectations, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic pushing so many shoppers online. IBM predicts that for the year 2020, ecommerce...

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Return to Play: Tips for Communicating with Players, Parents, and...

One of the biggest challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing confusion. Not knowing what the future will bring builds anxiety, virus or no virus. While kids are anxious to return to play (and, boy do we understand that!), parents are...

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Need a new logo for your sports organization? Here's how to pick a...

Every youth sports organization and team needs a logo (or two or twenty, depending!). But not just any logo will do. You need a visual symbol that people can instantly recognize. A design that looks appealing and has the power to show your...

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Orange Blossom Baseball Scores a New Logo and a New Store

When you have the right players on your team, you can score big wins. This is a story about one of our great teammates – graphic designer Katie Murray – and how she hit a home run for Orange Blossom Baseball.  

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Return to Play Webinar - Part 2 - Guidelines

Watch part 2 of our webinar series on Return to Play. In part 2 of the Return to Play webinar series, SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg and Augusta Sportswear VP of Strategy Mark Botterill discuss guidelines for returning to play this fall. Read the...

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Responsible for an Organization's Apparel Budget? Here's 10 Terrible...

If you’re spending organization money, your organization expects you to spend wisely, especially if you’re buying something like branded apparel. If you make decisions that are, shall we say, imprudent, there will be costs. Not only will you have...

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Return to Play: Operating Considerations

We’re still all in this together. Good thing, because dealing with COVID-19 is definitely a team sport.

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Guidelines for Youth Athletes Returning to Play Focus of Webinar by...

In part 2 of the Return to Play webinar series, SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg and Augusta Sportswear VP of Strategy Mark Botterill discuss guidelines for returning to play this fall

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The next big thing in practice gear

We get it. You’re on the fence about the season. You aren’t sure if you’ll even have one. Whatever the schedule looks like, you know darn well that procedures on and off the field, court or rink will be very different than in the past. But the...

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Return to play: When is the right time to return?

When? That’s the big question, isn’t it? We all want to return to play – boy, do we miss our teams! But should we? As much as we want our kids to get back to all the benefits of team sports, and as much as we miss cheering them on, their health...

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The best social media platforms for promoting your team's spirit wear

You’ve put a lot of thought into stocking your online store with fabulous spirit wear. You don’t want it gathering dust on your virtual shelves, you want it out there in public where it can do its magic – showing off your team’s brand and helping...

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Team Fundraising: Expectations vs. Reality

Team fundraising. You can’t escape it. Teams always need money, whether we’re talking school sports, the robotics club, or an entire youth sports organization. New equipment, travel, scholarships and the like all require resources that often just...

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SquadLocker and Augusta Sportswear Brands Host Webinar on Youth...

SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg and Augusta Sportswear VP of Strategy Mark Botterill discuss implications of returning to play this fall

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SquadLocker Releases Return to Play e-Book to Help Get Youth Back to...

Compilation of tools and resources aims to help athletic directors and coaches create their own Return to Play plan

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Return to Play: What’s Your Plan?

We are all eager to return to sports play, but nobody wants to jump the gun or set a schedule that could worsen the spread of COVID-19. Health and safety precautions must be top of mind so players, parents, and coaches all feel comfortable moving...

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Staying Safe as We Return to Play

How are we to play it safe as we return to sports play? It’s the big question on everyone’s mind these days as we emerge from isolation and head back onto the field or court. It is so exciting to finally reconnect, but health officials are...

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Returning to Play – How Will It Feel? What Will It Mean?

We’re getting our lives back, bit by bit. For sports enthusiasts of all ages that means a return to play. This is exciting indeed, especially for youth that have been kept away from their friends and teammates as well as their favorite sports....

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Why Losers Win

If winning is the only option, why do we compete? Losing is essential. Losing is an everyday experience, whether it's racing to make a traffic light or missing the game-winning shot. So why don't we focus on losing?After all, losing makes winning...

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Participation Trophies: Yay or Nay?

Participation trophies have been around for a short period of time, and they tend to be a controversial topic. Some argue that the point isn’t to win or lose, it’s a celebration of your efforts and the work you put into the game. Others point out...

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SquadLocker Could Be Your Single Source For All Your Sports Equipment...

If you’re the athletic director for a school system, or otherwise responsible for the logistics of your school’s sports initiatives, you’re undoubtedly aware of just how much of a hassle sourcing gear and merchandise can be. The more teams your...

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Strategies for Stress-Free Coaching

Coaching can be a lot of fun, but there’s also plenty of responsibility and stress that comes along with it. In order to operate effectively, a good coach focuses on their own needs in addition to the needs of the team. A great coach is also a...

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6 Tools for a Stress-Free Registration Season

It’s that time again. Spring is rapidly approaching so it’s time that you start planning for your team’s preseason, and ordering your custom team gear should definitely make that list.

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Fundraising and Sponsorship Tips, Tricks & Ideas

Your store at SquadLocker can be personalized in many different ways. Sure you can get logos created or modified, you can choose the colors you want, you can personalize all of the gear and you can even make sure certain mandatory safety items...

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Getting The Most Out of Your Reserve Players

 

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Spirit Wear & The 6 Pillars of League Fundraising

This is a guest post from Jay Whitehead of LeagueNetwork Magazine.   Here are two facts that are always front and center in conversations with youth team or league managers. First, 80% of youth league managers tell us at LeagueNetwork Magazine...

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SquadLocker Team Gear: Not Just For The Big Leagues Any More

Maybe it sounds over-ambitious, but at SquadLocker, we're not simply trying to build a good -or even great- team gear store. We believe we could change how custom apparel is ordered everywhere, in every field. Right now, we offer a truly...

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Video: How SquadLocker has made things easier for coaches and...

How SquadLocker has made things easier for coaches and administrators.

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A Day in the Life of a Youth League Administrator

Although it may be listed as a part-time opportunity, being the league administrator for a youth sports team is a full-time job. From scheduling practices to ordering uniforms and communicating all that information with team members, coaches and...

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Organizing Sports' 4th Dimension-Youth Leagues

  Sure, our kids are overweight. And they have ever-declining hours of daily physical activity. But America leads the planet in organized sports. We are the only country in the world with a sports economy that represents a gigantic 2% of GDP and...

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The Challenges of Managing a Youth Sports Team

As a coach, manager or administrator of a youth sports team, the challenges can be many. From purchasing custom team gear, fan apparel, and organizing the distribution of sizes, numbers and names – the checklist as a coach may seem endless. There...

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Coaching In the Present

It's difficult telling a coach how to coach. What works for one coach may not work for another coach, and then we can have an argument about which coach is better. And, even with that, does a winning or losing record even count here? Some of the...

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Coach: Inspiring and Motivating Your Youth Sports Team

Coaching youth sports is a far different animal than coaching any other type of sports program. And do you want the basics here? OK, then swearing is out. Complicated plays are out. Yelling when someone makes a mistake is out. Picking favorites...

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6 Tips for the Youth Coach Newbie

Just getting started as a youth coach? Well, you’re in for a wild ride my friend. Buckle up for a little bit of stress and maybe a few headaches… but most of all, a ton of fun. Being a youth coach is a rewarding experience, and not only will you...

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The SquadLocker Difference #3: Establishing a TeamLocker™ Close Date

The SquadLocker Difference: This 8 part series details the ways SquadLocker is the best online store for team gear and apparel. For part 3, we dive into the ability to set the launch and close date of your TeamLocker™ online store.

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The SquadLocker Difference #1: Check Out the GearMatching Selector

The SquadLocker Difference: World’s Best Gear Matching Selector Who Benefits? Coaches, League Organizers, Parent Volunteers, and Athletes

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Expanding the Role of the LMS Market Leaders: 5 Ways That Authentic...

On Friday, the six-year-old TeamSnap announced that they received $10 million Series B funding by creating a League Management Software (LMS) program that has attracted 15 million users, millions of whom pay subscription fees, which range from $60...

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Spring Sports: Plan ahead and use "player-pay" ordering solutions.

Practice. It makes perfect. The perfect practice for the perfect team gear ordering experience is to use an online ordering service for your "player-pay"  team apparel orders!

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What's in a Name? Avoiding Embarrassing Uniform Mistakes

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Custom Adidas and Under Armour Uniform Options

With the spring athletics season quickly approaching, many coaches and athletic directors will be looking to purchase new uniforms for their baseball, softball, lacrosse, and track & field teams. With so many options to choose from – where do...

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How to Afford Collegiate Athletic Brands on a High School Budget

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...

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

Starting a business 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...

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The Oregon Effect: Does Team Apparel Impact Recruiting?

If you’ve been watching college football recently, you may have noticed that some of the nation’s most recognizable programs have become, well, unrecognizable. This is because college football programs are increasingly opting to change their...

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

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...

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Save Money on Your School's Team Winter Sports Apparel in 4 Steps

Last year, your boy’s basketball team had some of its jerseys ripped in the contentious final game of the season. Also, several of your girl’s basketball team uniforms are mysteriously missing. And on top of that, both the girl’s and boy’s...

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3 Practical Steps for Designing and Building a Custom Team Uniform

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...

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

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...

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Power in Numbers: How to Cut Your School's Costs on Team Sports...

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

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...

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A Day in the Life of a School Team Sports Uniform

No matter what the sport, uniforms take a beating on and off the field. For school athletic programs looking to get the most out of their investment in uniforms and apparel, thinking about game day rigors from the perspective of a uniform or...

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

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...

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Team Dealer Details That Will Save You Time and Money

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...

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A School Team Sports Fundraising Checklist

So you’ve been put in charge of fundraising for your high school sports team. Now what? It’s not always the most desirable job. Sports fundraising can be a headache for organizers; you have to choose a fundraising method, mobilize volunteers,...

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A Smart Way to Control Costs for Team Travel Suits and Outerwear

On-field uniforms may be the most recognizable apparel a sports team wears, but it is outerwear that really drives costs. For team sports budget planners for high school, college, or league programs, choosing styles and brands for the travel...

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Be a Campus Hero: How to Save Your School Money on Sports Uniforms

Since your earliest days on the Little League diamond or Pee Wee football field, your coaches drilled the value of teamwork deep into your soul.  Now you’re a coach yourself – or an athletic director – and you emphasize the same message to your...

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Everything ADs and Coaches Need to Know About Uniform Decoration

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...

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5 money-saving alternatives to expensive school team apparel brands

An athlete's ability is not measured by the type of apparel he or she wears, yet apparel and uniforms for practice and play are important aspects of school and league athletics, for cost and performance reasons. Are you in search of school team...

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How ADs Can Guarantee Quality Team Sports Gear and Apparel

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...

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4 Great Ways to Save Your Team Money on Gear, Apparel and Uniforms

Coaches, athletic directors, and league administrators understand there’s more pressure than ever on intelligent cost planning and getting the most out of an athletics budget. One of the most significant expenses for school and league athletics...

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