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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Building Lacrosse Champions Through Team Culture

If you are ready to transform your Lacrosse team from great players into championship players – it all starts with team culture. By creating a championship culture within your Lacrosse team, you will build champions both on and off the field. Not...

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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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