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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Managing your Brand through Custom Apparel

You could simply order a big inventory of uniforms or various types of spirit wear, then hand them out with colored markers and let your community custom-decorate their own. You might get some pretty amusing results. But branding for schools and...

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How Color Affects the Look of Your Logo

Your team colors are official. They are the foundation of your logo. You’re not going to wake up one morning and decide your logo should be orange and gray if it’s always navy and gold. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make minor adjustments to...

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Order Delivery: Our Favorite No-Contact Sport

No touching, please keep your distance. As most of us headed home to self-quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic, stores closed. Online shopping, already popular, surged. Stuck-at-home purchasers were thrilled to have an easy-access outlet for...

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Most Common Issue with Ordering School Uniforms - And How to Avoid It

Ordering school uniforms to outfit your students is no easy feat – for you or the parents you serve. The biggest issue is the sheer inconvenience.

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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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The Biggest Problem with Sports Uniforms (And How You Can Fix It)

If you’re in charge of uniforms for a youth sports organization or school, you know how important it is to get everything right. Exactly right. After all, uniforms don’t just identify players during the game, they are the very symbol of who you...

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3 Main Types of Apparel Decoration & How They Affect Your Gear

Without custom decoration, sports apparel is just clothing. Generic. Uninteresting. Not exactly the image you want to project on or off the field. So, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as you select uniforms and spirit wear...

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7 Tips for Picking the Perfect Spirit Wear

No one knows yet what the coming school year and sports seasons will look like, but one thing’s for sure: they will be way better and a lot more exciting if everyone is outfitted in exceptional spirit wear. After all, we’re all in this together,...

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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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Tip Fairchild: From Sports Pro to Sports Apparel Coach

We’re pretty proud of all our team members here at SquadLocker – we know we’ve put together a winning combination. But we’re extra proud when one of our teammates is singled out for their special accomplishments. Take Tip Fairchild, for example. ...

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SquadLocker Honored with 2020 Manufacturing Award from Providence...

In PBN’s seventh annual manufacturing awards, SquadLocker recognized for emerging manufacturer in 2020

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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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What Makes a Great Logo for Decorating Sports Gear?

It’s your logo – known to everyone associated with your school or team. That instant recognition is good, because it sparks team pride and a sense of unity among players, coaches and fans. So it makes perfect sense to use your logo to decorate...

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SquadLocker CRO Joins Top Marketing and Sales Leaders at Revenue...

SquadLocker’s Jeanne Hopkins is presenting on importance of customer success particularly as businesses adapt to a new world

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Creating A Logo From Scratch for Your Team

Designing a Logo You’ll Love from Scratch

Most of the time, our SquadLocker customers have an existing logo they want to use to decorate their sports gear. But, what if you don’t? No sweat. Our crackerjack graphic design team is here to help you create a snappy custom logo from scratch....

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You Go, Girl!

A uniform is a powerful thing. Last yearGlamour magazine published a look back at early women’s sports uniforms, describing styles that were initially uncomfortable and outright sexist and noting that women’s sports gear has finally become more...

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SLMA Radio Welcomes SquadLocker CEO as Special Guest

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How to Be a Hit with Your New Team

Every year, returning to play as school gets underway again is exciting. Especially this year. You’ve been separated from teammates, at least in an up-close physical sense, and the rules relating to contact and health safety will make this...

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Team Fundraising the Hands-Free Way

What a relief to know that teams from the pros to youth sports will be back in action soon – even if play does look a bit different thanks to COVID-19 precautions. But here’s the thing. Your team (or organization, or school) needs money to return...

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Taking Your Logo from Poor to Score!

Decorated uniforms and spirit wear are a sign that you mean business when it comes to team sports. You’re playing to win, and cheering on your players. You love your team, whatever the age or level of play, and you’re proud to show it. You need a...

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Athletes. Listen Up! Academics Are Important.

This is a guest post written by Zack McGee of Grant-Tutoring.com.  You can follow @GrantTutoring on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Millions of kids across the United States dream of becoming a college athlete. When you get to high school, you...

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SquadLocker Now Collecting State Sales Tax for Orders

SquadLocker is responsible for collecting all applicable sales taxes from customers and remitting such sales taxes to the appropriate taxing authorities in each state. Beginning July 1, 2020, SquadLocker will begin collecting sales tax for orders...

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Youth Sports Help Shape More Successful Adults

It is easy to make a list of benefits youngsters derive from playing sports. Or is it? You might be surprised to find that the list is quite a bit longer than you imagined. The topic has been studied over and over again, so there is plenty of...

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Gary Goldberg Disrupts Manufacturing

SquadLocker’s Gary Goldberg Featured Guest on CEO Crossing Podcast

SquadLocker’s co-founder talks about hurdles and lessons as SquadLocker disrupts team uniforms and gear market to make life easier for athletic directors, coaches

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SquadLocker and 8to18 Digital Host Back-to-School Panel Discussion to...

Webinar on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 features digital tactics and tools to keep your school community engaged and safe in COVID-19 era while boosting spirit and funding 

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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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Volleyball Uniforms: What’s Hot for 2020?

A new volleyball season calls for new uniforms. Uniforms do more than display your team identity, they show team pride and make a statement – you’ve chosen a winning look because you’re here to win.

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Field Hockey Uniforms: What’s Hot for 2020?

A new field hockey season definitely calls for new uniforms. It’s a matter of team pride to take the field in a winning style that says your team is serious about playing to win.

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Soccer Uniforms: What’s Hot for 2020?

A new soccer season calls for new uniforms. It’s all about identity – looking your best while playing your best to outscore the opposing team.

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Football Uniforms: What’s Hot for 2020?

A new football season calls for new uniforms. It’s a matter of team pride to look your best while playing your best to vanquish the opposing team.

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The Perfect Uniform, One at a Time

Here at SquadLocker we love to talk about how sports uniforms build team and individual pride, because it’s true. But what if your uniform is a hand-me-down or a leftover, “decorated” with duct tape? We’re not talking about sand lot ball here,...

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Are you missing out on convenient sport uniforms?

We are all accustomed to one-stop shopping these days, and we love the convenience. The fewer places we have to go -- or online sites we have to visit -- to get what we need, the better. Is your SquadLocker store as convenient as it should be for...

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SquadLocker Drafts Jeanne Hopkins as Chief Revenue Officer to...

Jeanne Hopkins brings 30 years of experience in data-driven metrics, team building, and customer experience to help coaches, athletes, and fans easily acquire custom apparel 

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10 Tips to Boost Engagement in Your SquadLocker Store

Now that you have set up your team’s store on Squad Locker and chosen your inventory of gear and spirit wear, you want to get the word out. Before you go live, though, double-check to be sure you’ve include all the inventory your players and...

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Showing Your Spirit Builds Sense of Belonging

We talk about teamwork all the time -- at work, in sports, at home. What Mom hasn’t used the “teamwork” pitch to goad her teen into helping do the dishes or mow the lawn? Teamwork enables us to do more, and do it better. In most sports and the...

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Pajama Party!

From Walmart to Nordstrom, online retailers say pants are out but tops are hot. You had to know this would happen. Stuck at home, everyone turned to video conferencing with friends, family, and co-workers and quickly realized that no one could...

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Choose Polyester for the Most Comfortable Community Mask

Polyester fabric for face masks? Yes, and here’s why. When choosing a mask that is right for you and your team it’s important to consider several different characteristics that can affect the way your choice will feel and perform. One key...

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Face Masks: Material Matters, for Safety and Comfort

Sports enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels know one thing for sure: if the clothes you wear aren’t comfortable, you can’t perform at your best. Fabrics that are breathable keep you cool and comfortable no matter how hard you play or how much...

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Community Face Masks: Staying Safe the Stylish Way

We used to think only the bad guys wore a mask, to hide their identity. But now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, community masks and face coverings have become a sign of caring and concern. Family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, we truly...

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Press Release - SquadLocker CEO: ‘We Aspire to Be the Brand Name of...

Originally published by AmericanInno

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SquadLocker Attracts $20 Million Investment To Support Continued...

ABS Capital Partners drawn to Company's unmatched customer experience, lucrative channel partners, and impressive management team. WARWICK, R.I., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SquadLocker, a leading provider of online tools and services for teams...

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Karen Silveira Joins SquadLocker to Lead School Uniform Initiative

Originally published on PRNewswire

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SquadLocker Adds Uniforms To Online Stores Just In Time For Hoops...

Originally published on PRNewswire

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SquadLocker Coach Of The Year 2019 Finalist: Aaron Rouselle

We'd like to give a shout out to Squadlocker Coach of the year Finalist, Aaron Rouselle - Coach in Rising sun, MD  

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SquadLocker Coach Of The Year 2019 Finalist: Dan Duest

We'd like to give a shout out to Squadlocker Coach of the year Finalist, Dan Duest - Coach in Hopedale, MA  

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nation.academy Names SquadLocker Exclusive Adidas, Merchandise Partner

Charleston, SC – nation.academy today announced it has entered into an exclusive retail relationships with SquadLocker to provide its staff, players, parents and fans adidas equipment and merchandise for its multisport academy that includes...

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SquadLocker Coach Of The Year 2019 Finalist: Lauren Bouchard

We'd like to give a shout out to SquadLocker Coach of the year finalist, Lauren Bouchard - Coach in Hopedale, MA  

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The Industry's Fastest Single-Unit Custom Gear Delivery Service

Originally published on PRNewswire

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SquadLocker Coach Of The Year 2019 Finalist: Walt Jackson

We'd like to give a shout out to Squadlocker Coach of the year Finalist, Walt Jackson - Coach in Springfield, MA  

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SquadLocker is Excited to Announce Our Coach of the Year 2019!

Tim Perry Head Football Coach and AD | Wetumpka, Alabama "Tim Perry is the Head Football and Athletic Director at Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka Alabama. Coach Perry has been the coach at Wetumpka since 2012 and has done a great job. In 2017 he...

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SquadLocker Announces 2019 Fall Sports Survey Results

Thanks to all our Fall Sports store admins who participated in our recent end-of-season survey. Customer input is invaluable to letting us know how we're doing, and what we can do to improve in the coming year!

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SquadLocker Makes Americaninno's Top 12 Watch-list

Americaninno names SquadLocker in the top 12 tech startups to watch

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ECAC Hockey Announces Partnership with SquadLocker

Originally Published by ECAC Hockey

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SquadLocker and OSS Apparel Launch Sublimation Pilot

SquadLocker and OSS Apparel, two Rhode Island-based companies, are excited to announce they have launched a pilot program offering sublimated uniform solutions to programs and organizations nationwide. The addition of OSS Apparel to the...

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SquadLocker Welcomes Carmel Community Softball

SquadLocker is excited to announce that Carmel Community Girls Softball has selected us to be the provider for all of their custom team gear and fan spirit wear needs. A representative of Carmel Community Girls Softball made sure to mention they...

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Huskies’ Athletics Partners With SquadLocker

Originally published on Southern Maine Huskies

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SquadLocker Teams Up with Blast Motion

Originally published on Business Wire

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SquadLocker CFO Frank Tillinghast Talks About Managing Growth

Originally published by GOLOCAL Prov

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America East Partners With SquadLocker to Launch New Conference Store

Originally published by American East BOSTON - The America East Conference announced today that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with SquadLocker as the exclusive online provider of decorated apparel for the conference.

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LaxRecords.com now features SquadLocker's one-stop shop for team...

LaxRecords.com’s Thousands of Daily Visitors to Now Experience One-Stop Shopping for Lacrosse Gear and Apparel WARWICK, RI – September 13, 2017 – LaxRecords.com high school lacrosse athletes, coaches and fans alike now have access to customized...

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Rio Hondo Receives $2,500 In SquadLocker Gear

A quick search on GoFundMe – the world’s biggest crowdfunding website – yields nearly 3,000 campaigns related to high school sports. One such fundraiser was for a severely underfunded team on the border close to McAllen, Texas. The goal was...

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TeamRunner Names SquadLocker as Exclusive One-Stop-Shop for Team...

WARWICK, RI  – August 21, 2017 – SquadLocker, the leading provider of apparel management solutions for youth sports, announced today that it has signed an integration deal with TeamRunner, the first truly integrated web-based solution that...

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Spotlight on the Squad:  Kayla Vallone, Art Services

A native Rhode Islander, Kayla Vallone brings a fun-loving attitude, hard work, and amazing artistic abilites to SquadLocker everyday. Her knowledge and experience with art, design, and crafts has assisted our office beautification project. After...

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Spotlight on the Squad: Alyson Sheehan, Purchasing Assistant

Alyson is part of the mass-hiring process SquadLocker has experienced since our 800% growth during the fall of 2016. She's been with the Squad since March 2017, as the Purchasing Assistant. She is part of a two-woman show in the purchasing...

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Spotlight on the Squad: Alexandra Garbatini, Sr. Product Marketing...

Alexandra 'Alex' Garbatini joined SquadLocker in the early stages of our growth, back in May 2016. Alex was recently promoted to Sr. Product Marketing Specialist from her previous role as Channel Support Coordinator where she did just that -...

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SquadLocker Secures B Round Financing Led by Causeway Media Partners

Originally published by Athletic Business

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Hyper Growth Drives Appointment of Amazon/Vistaprint Veteran to VP,...

As the nation’s leading developer of innovative technology and best-in-class apparel decorating solutions, we are excited to announce that computer integrated manufacturing veteran Jonathan Styles has been named to the newly-created position of...

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5 Fun Ways to Excite Your Child To Stay Hydrated This Summer

The last day of school is almost a month away, which means your child is getting excited for all the adventures the summer season brings, from sports camps to backyard activities. This is your child's time to have fun while playing with friends....

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SquadLocker Continues Expansion Transforming $8 Billion Decorated...

As the nation’s leading developer of innovative technology and best-in-class apparel decorating solutions, we are excited to announce the promotion of Alexandra Garbatini to a newly-created position, Director of Builder Engagement, and the...

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Guest Post: How To Choose The Perfect Running Shoe

5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Running Shoe created by Virginia Spine Institute

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Top 10 NCAA Men's Basketball Uniforms of March Madness 2017

Every year I find myself saying 'those jerseys are sweet' in reference to teams competing in the NCAA March Madness tournament. Although uniforms like UCLA are a classic and will always be among the most visually-appealing, there are some teams...

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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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Want an Island? Adidas Will Give You One

NFL Draft prospects will try to run faster than ever this year, not just for their careers.

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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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Guest Blog: Adam Rosenbaum from Pro Stock Hockey

Eating the proper meals and choosing the right snacks can be a challenge for hockey teams. It is important that players band together and commit to a nutrition regimen so that they refuel their bodies and gain strength. A lot of energy is lost...

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Baseball Gear Care: How To Make It Last

Keeping a baseball team fully outfitted can be a challenging task. While there’s less equipment involved than sports like football or hockey, a baseball team is going to still have a substantial amount of gear that needs to well-kept. The longer...

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Tips to Recognize and Treat Common Sports Injuries

We know you care about your young athletes’ well-being. You want them to succeed, have fun but also play safe. We want to help you be well informed to help guide the young athletes in your life in having a successful youth sports season. Below,...

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Simplify Sports Gear Orders For Your Entire School With SquadLocker

SquadLocker isn’t only for private teams and parent-led initiatives. SquadLocker can also be the “secret weapon” for Athletic Directors looking for a sourcing solution to keep all their school’s teams outfitted throughout the year. After all,...

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Common Sports Injuries: Soccer

There is no denying that soccer is a fun sport. It is taking on new life in the United States as more and more people are becoming interested in it. America's newfound love for the soccer is mostly due to the national team is growing into a...

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Team Parent Do's and Don'ts

A great Team Parent can be an amazing resource for coaches, players and families on a team. This officially unofficial position is somewhere between an administrative assistant and an assistant coach, and largely involves taking responsibility...

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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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Not All Players Need the Same Coach

Sometimes one of the hardest things for a coach to understand is that different players respond better to different approaches. There are too many personality types on the field for a “one-size-fits-all” coaching style to be effective. A serious...

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Fundraising Through SquadLocker

  SquadLocker isn’t just the best source for high-quality, branded gear from leading professional manufacturers. It’s also provides a really easy way to make some extra money for your team by explicitly selling items for the sake of fundraising....

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Athletic Gear Sizing Guides (By Brand)

It should be easy to determine which sizes of sportswear are right for you and your team, seeing as there are measurements to make our lives easier. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. Brands’ sizing can vary quite a bit, and those...

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Warwick Sports Apparel Firm Expanding It's Workforce

Originally published on the Providence Journal   WARWICK — An e-commerce company that uses special software that allows customers to decorate sports apparel, uniforms, gear and other items with stitching, numbers and logos is expanding its...

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When Should You Purchase New Gear?

Nothing lasts forever, and that’s doubly true when talking about youth sports. Children and teens can be incredibly hard on their equipment and clothing to the point that replacements are needed on an almost annual basis.

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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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Seven Types Of Little League Coaches (And How To Deal With Them)

A great little league  coach truly is a treasure, mostly because of how rare they seem to be. If your kids have been involved in little leagues for a while, you may have noticed that certain “types” of coaches seem to appear fairly often. We’re...

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SquadLocker® Expansion Includes Adding More Than 80 Employees

Originally published on SPORTTECHIE

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Due to Overwhelming Adoption, SquadLocker Announces 2017 Expansion...

DUE TO OVERWHELMING ADOPTION, SQUADLOCKER ANNOUNCES 2017 EXPANSION PLANS

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Gifts for the Fantasy Football Players in Your Life

As anyone who’s ever lived with a fantasy football player (or who just watches The League) knows, they can get very, very into their fantasy league. It’s the sort of hobby that can become the center of a person’s life. With the holidays coming...

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We Tried It Product Review: Under Armour Team Rival Hoodies

Hoodies are one of the most versatile and multi-purpose pieces of sports clothing available. Is it any wonder so many people love them? Whether keeping one warm and dry during outdoor practice, or acting as sweat-gear during intensive activities,...

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Tips for Staying in Shape over the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be brutal on your body due to the amount of goodies that are readily available to you. Getting out of shape over the holiday season is something that most people just accept. However, this doesn't have to be normal for you....

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Reducing Game Penalties

It’s rare that any sporting game be completely void of penalties or infractions of the rules. While it may be different to completely eliminate game penalties, there are ways to minimize game-day penalties. Let’s take a look at some tactics that...

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Coaching Tips To Motivate Your Basketball Team

There are many different ways to motivate your basketball team. While some methods may work better than others, finding the best way to motivate your unique team may take some time. Every team is different, there are some tried-and-true methods...

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Getting The Most Out of Your Reserve Players

 

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Holiday Nutrition Tips For Young Athletes

The holiday season is almost in full swing, and that means food, food and more food! With Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham, cookies, cakes and pies, it doesn't get more tasty than that!

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Open Your Holiday Stores Now to Ensure Delivery by Christmas

Creating a “Holiday Store” for your sports team is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer with your teammates, parents and friends! With Holiday Stores, you can easily gift customized team gear, equipment and apparel without any fuss or...

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Being Mentally Prepared For Sports

  For every sport, regardless of what it is, you have to be mentally prepared for the game. You can't just decide to try out for a sport one day and expect to succeed—that’s not how it works for the majority of people at least. As much as sports...

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Volleyball — Hitting and Blocking

The most dynamic aspects of volleyball play are hitting and blocking.

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Basketball Nutrition Fundamentals

At times, playing basketball is akin to running a marathon—running up and down the court. All of that running back and forth expends huge amounts of energy and calories, and if you aren't taking in the right nutrition, you're liable to flag in...

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Volleyball — Passing and Setting

The majority of every volleyball game is passing and setting. Although they are two different disciplines, they are directly related, meaning one happens as a result of the other. The success of every game lies on the ability of team members to...

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Basketball Sports Science – The Three-Point Shot

You may think that when taking a three-point shot that it's just a matter of stepping up to the line and firing the ball. If it goes in, then it goes in, and if it doesn't, you hope for an offensive rebound so that you get another chance.

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Volleyball Serving 101

Everything in volleyball begins with the serve, and since everyone on the team is going to have to do it, proper serving technique needs to be a proficient skill for each member of the team.

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The Basics of Youth Basketball Coaching

It all starts on the court in youth basketball for a lot of players. The lessons they learn here will stay with them throughout their entire basketball career, whether it is just on the street, in school or in the pros.

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How to be a Better Volleyball Coach

As a coach for a volleyball team, hopefully you'll never be set in your ways. Granted, there are some things that you don't want to change, but there are other aspects that need to be re-evaluated and changed from year to year. In some cases you,...

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It's Football Season – Time to get Your Coach On

It's that time of year again for football season, and it's time to get your coach on. Time to start thinking about teaching, motivating, drills, practice and best of all, making sure they all have the right equipment. But there is a method to all...

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We Tried It Product Review: Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2

There's no shortage of high-tech sports shoes on the market which claim to improve an athlete's performance. So why are we so excited to be adding the Mizuno Wave Lightning Z2 to our lineup?

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4 Day Football Training Guide Bonus  - Cool Down

The cool down is just as important as the workout, and just like the exercises, it must be done correctly for maximum benefit. There is nothing difficult or earth shattering here, and optimally you should spend about 20 minutes total in the...

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Volleyball Drills

The basics in volleyball drills need to concentrate on 5 separate skills. Serving, passing, setting, hitting and blocking. Of course depending on the age group of your volleyball team, hitting and blocking might be difficult, if not impossible to...

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Young Football Players: Choose What to Control

When you start out onto that field during your first football practice, it’s good to focus on your main goals for joining the team. Most likely, you love the game, you love team sports and you’re excited for the challenge that waits in the season...

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SquadLocker® Gears Up With Mizuno USA, INC.

WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND – August, 2016 – SquadLocker®, the nation’s leading developer of innovative technology and best-in-class apparel decorating solutions, is proud to announce Mizuno USA, Inc. has joined their growing list of premier vendors....

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4 Day Football Training Guide - Day 4

This is the last installment in our 4 Day Football Training Guide. Welcome to Day 4. If you missed them and need to catch up, read Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 first.

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4 Day Football Training Guide - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our 4 Day Football Training Guide. Designed to bring you maximum impact in the least time in the safest manner possible. If you missed them, catch up on Day 1 and Day 2 first.

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4 Day Football Training Guide - Day 2

This training guide maximizes the area of muscles that are most used during football games, and there will be a specific structure to you'll follow each day. Every day will feature 4 distinct disciplines to concentrate on. Welcome to Day 2, if...

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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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We Tried It Product Review: Mizuno Dynamic Cover Up Short

Making the right choice in even seemingly minor pieces of sports clothing is vital to great practice and great play. Shorts might not seem like the most important piece of sports gear, yet players will definitely notice when their shorts aren't...

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The SquadLocker Onboarding Team Makes Your Life As Easy As Possible

Meet Charlie, CJ, and Max. They're the SquadLocker Onboarding Team, and their job is to ensure you have the smoothest possible experience when building your own branded TeamLocker team store!

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4 Day Football Training Guide – Day 1

Introduction

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The SquadLocker Vision Serving Volunteers and Mentors

When you visit your TeamLocker to pick out new gear for the upcoming season, you might not be thinking about SquadLocker’s “company vision” or the technology involved on the back-end. Actually, let’s hope you aren’t thinking about those things....

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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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We Tried It Product Review: The UA Deception Low DiamondTips Cleat

Let's take a look at the best performance cleats on the market, from the official performance footwear supplier for the MLB: The low-top Under Armour Deception DiamondTips Cleat.

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Todd Grant Discusses Everything SquadLocker.com-Related: Five...

On May 25, 2016 the Providence Businesses News (PBN) interviewed SquadLocker President Todd Grant, asking him five questions about the company’s history, funding, partnerships and the future of SquadLocker. Explaining the company’s focus on team...

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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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Softball Drills: 10U Defense Fundamentals

The beginning of competitive softball begins in the 10U leagues, where winning and losing starts to make a difference. Lower league ages are more for fun than anything else, where as the higher youth ages signal the start where competition takes...

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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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2016 2nd Quarter Sports Science News

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We Tried It Product Review: Under Armour Highlight MC Football Cleat

When you partner with SquadLocker, you're getting branded team gear backed by the best names in sports equipment today. We're not selling cheap knockoffs; we've got the exact same gear that the pros use - but ready for your team's branding.

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Sports Conditioning for the Heat

Conditioning for the heat of the summer means being in the heat. Tests prove that conditioning in the heat makes you not only a better-conditioned athlete in the heated summer months, but you'll also get a significant jump in performance when the...

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SquadLocker: Customer Service Means Human Service

At SquadLocker, we've put customer service at the forefront of our business model. We're growing rapidly because we're constantly exploring ways to give you what you want. This isn't just a talking point for us. We're legitimately proud of our...

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Football Training: Is It All About The Lifting?

In football, you want to be a strong, powerful player, and the best way to achieve that persona is to get in the gym and lift weights. Build your body up, take no prisoners on game day and you'll rule the field. Right?

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Baseball Surviving the Final Inning

The final inning. You and the team have made it, and you are either going to have to score, if you are behind, or hang on for the win, if you are ahead. It doesn't matter whether it's softball, hardball, pee-wee, high school, college or pro,...

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A Football Parent's Guide

Whether you’re a new football parent or a seasoned sports mom/dad – a little advice never hurt anyone. So before you polish the pigskin for your child's upcoming summer training camp, check out this guide for a few pointers on how to maximize...

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SportTechie Startup Profile Series: SquadLocker

SquadLocker Is Changing The Purchase Process Of Gear And Apparel For Youth Sports Company: SportTechie Founders: Gary Goldberg, CEO | Todd Grant, President | Frank Tillinghast, CFO Headquarters: Warwick, Rhode Island

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Sports Nutrition Trends of 2016: Feeding Your Body to Fuel Your Sport

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rolling out new food label standards in 2016, nutrition is bound to be a top-priority topic in America. As more of the general public becomes aware of added sugars in foods and actual amounts of vitamins...

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Sleep and the Trained Athlete: A Vicious Circle

Workout, eat, sleep – workout, eat, sleep – workout, and eat, then sleep… The cycle goes on and on. If you’re a trained athlete, you are probably more than familiar with the vicious circle that involves training to improve your game, eating a...

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Spend more time Coaching, SquadLocker Partners with SportsPilot

Spend more time coaching, less time on administration

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SquadLocker® Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with USA Football

Originally Published on PRLOG

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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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Football: Surviving Spring Training

You've got to make it out of spring training before you can play real football, but you don't want to beat yourself down to the point that you won't be any good for the regular season. So here is the way to survive spring training and be ready...

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Softball Drills to Train the Eye

Unlike hardball, softball is really a different game altogether. The ball is bigger, the game plays out a bit slower, and fielding is easier. That said, it is still a very competitive sport, and it is one of the more popular types of baseball...

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The 5 Qualities that Create a Championship Football Team

A championship football team is like a well oiled machine. Every player, every coach and every play must all be synchronized for maximum effect. If there is a letdown at any position, forget about it. The called play can fold up and there will...

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SquadLocker, USA Football and Your Team ~ Now One Team Together

Being involved in managing and coaching youth sports may be one of the most time consuming things to be associated with, yet it can be one of the most rewarding situations you'll ever experience. For the most part, you'll want to do the things...

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SquadLocker Signs Deal with National Youth Football Group

Originally published by the Providence Journal   WARWICK, R.I. — A Warwick company that customizes athletic gear and imprints logos on uniforms has signed an agreement with USA Football, the national governing body of youth and high school...

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Disruptive Catalyst in Athletic Apparel

Q & A with SquadLocker President Todd Grant covering all of the recent company news and partnerships.

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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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Sports Illustrated Unveils New Digital Platform

Originally published by Business Wire

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How Star Lacrosse Players are Training

If you are heading into the Lacrosse season and looking to step-up your game, try training like the pros. Star Lacrosse players are stepping outside of the “traditional” training box and exploring new ways to up their stamina and increase their...

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Soccer Speed Training Tips

Getting your speed up for the soccer season is key for having success both during practice and during a match. Soccer speed training is important for improving your overall endurance and pace, as well as conditioning your body for a hard practice...

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Sports Nutrition For The Youth Athlete

Nutrition is important for any athlete – especially the young athlete. But, are sports nutrition requirements different for children? “Largely no,” say the experts. Adult athletes and children athletes need the same basic sports nutrition:...

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Baseball Conditioning Drills From Speed to Confidence

Conditioning drills for baseball should focus on strength, agility, speed, and of course – baseball skills. Most great baseball players know that their conditioning training should never take a break, no matter if it's the off-season or on. For a...

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Baseball: Coming Back From the Loss

Going into every season, we all like to believe that our baseball team is invincible. No one thinks their team is going to lose, yet losing is as much a part of the game as winning is.

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Which Lacrosse Position is Better For You

Okay, let's cut to the chase here. You are just starting Lacrosse, you are looking at all of the positions on the field, and you are wondering where you are going to fit in. Attacker, middie, defender or goalie, you may think you are right for a...

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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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Individual Soccer Training Drills

If you are looking for some great individual soccer training drills for yourself or your team to practice at home, the main goal is to focus on spending as much time with the soccer ball as possible. Learning to control the ball completely and...

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Developing the winning baseball mind

Let's put the ball on the mound here and figure out what it takes to play baseball. If you can't run, hit or pitch, perhaps it's time to rethink your goals.

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Choosing the Right Body Fuel for Endurance Running

So, maybe you're a good distance runner. You do a lot of miles in training, you keep yourself in shape and you don't gorge yourself during meals. It's all good, right? Like I said, you're a good distance runner, but if you want to be a great...

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Super Foods for Athletic Endurance

Great nutrition is one of the building blocks that make a great athlete. Performance, practice and conditioning aside, it comes down to simply what you are putting in your body that truly affects your abilities and endurance as an athlete. Super...

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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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5 Tips for Being a Great Teammate

As a member of a sports team, it’s more important than anything to work as a group and strive for the same goals. Part of those goals should be to become the best teammate you can be to your fellow players. Here are 5 tips for being a great...

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Women's Lacrosse Training Tips: A Modern Twist

Getting ready for the upcoming Lacrosse season should include a mix of cardio and strength workouts, as well as ball throwing, catching and stick training to improve your game. If you’re a bit sick of the typical 5-mile endurance run or the...

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5 Ways to Get Faster for Track

If you’re a runner, you’d better be running. Every day, because running is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle without seasons. I remember a sentence in a Tony Veney article (Veney is the coach for the Bruins’ men’s sprints, hurdles and relay...

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Baseball: The Pitching Advantage

As you all know, in baseball land, everything starts with the pitcher. Until that first pitch is thrown, you might as well be having a tea party, because nothing else is going to happen.

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4 Killer Tips to Master Your Lacrosse Shot

We are going to give you 4 killer tips on how to master your Lacrosse shot, and if you follow them, you'll be a better shooter. If you don't, and the opposing team does, well, good luck to you on defense. You'll need it.

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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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Take the Advantage: Top Ten Reasons to Prepare for Baseball Spring...

The season is almost here – that nice green season with budding trees, chirping birds and fresh cut grass. The smell of the field… the mud on the shoes… That’s right – it’s almost time for baseball spring training. There’s no time like the...

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The Best Pre-Season Prep Drills for Lacrosse

The Lacrosse season begins soon – in April – and you’d better get moving if you want to be prepared for the season ahead. Any good athlete knows that your performance during the season is affected by your off-season preparation. Prepare now, and...

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The Lacrosse Faceoff: Fan or Foe

The Lacrosse faceoff. Now there's a topic for debate, isn't it? It's the only time in a game when you get to actually clamp a ball and pin it to the ground before making a move to get it up and out onto the playing field. Some like it, some hate...

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Don't Be the Kanye of Your Sports Team

Personal achievement is what every athlete strives for, human beings are competitive and want to be the best. A well coached and cohesive team can evolve past that most basic need of personal recognition to foster a team environment in which the...

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2016 First Quater Sports Science Report

The year has just begun, and there are already some great sport's science trends that are making headway in the training world. Some of them are useful, and some of them I am not so sure of. Anyway, hold on to your hats while I go over this with...

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Nutrient Timing: Fad or Science

Nutrient Timing: Fad or Science

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Football Season is Over But Your Training Shouldn't Be

It's the off season and you want to sit back, take it easy and relax until training begins in a few months. You've been grinding and pounding during the entire season, so its time to take a little break, get your ya-yas out and be ready for the...

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10 Sports Nutrition Tips

No matter what your sport, diet is as important as anything else, including training. If you want to eat your way to better health and sports performance, it’s not that difficult.

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Staying Focused For A Full Season

  Not every game of the season is that championship, ten seconds left on the clock, the whole town is watching drama fest that you see in movies.. However, every game of the season is crucial and needs your full focus. You want to work your...

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Reclaiming the Basketball Court After Injury

So you were injured in the middle of your basketball season, and have to sit out a few games. It sucks-- no one is denying that--but you need to prepare now to be fully recovered and ready to go, you need to do all you can to fully immerse...

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Preparing for the Season: Parents Meeting the New Baseball Coach

There are a lot of adults in your child's life, and most of them you will not meet more than once if at all. Teachers and coordinators have their obvious jobs, and as long as things are running smoothly, It is rare for you to spend much time with...

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We Tried It Product Review: The Under Armour Storm Hoodie and Sweats

"What can we say? This team gear takes the cake. As a matter of fact, it takes the rest of the bakery! The Under Armour Storm Hoodie and Pants have been the epitome of versatile team fashion since the turn of the century."  

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Transitioning from Off-Season Mode: Hitting the Baseball Drills

Reggie Jackson once said, “I’m human, and I’ve played my butt off for ten years. I’m not a loafer, I’m not a jerk, I’m a baseball player.” If you play your butt off every game, it’s just normal to want to take a breather during the off season....

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Is Vitamin D really that important to the athlete?

So the question remains, is vitamin D really that important to the athlete? Let’s break it down and examine what we know.

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We Tried It Product Review: The Under Armour Locker Tee

"This tee changed the game.  It was the brainchild of ingenuity in the face of adversity. It was the Locker Tee and it was the shirt that set the bar."  

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Ranking the Last 10 Super Bowls by Uniform Matchup

The Super Bowl garners discussion on every topic imaginable, from the color of the post-game Gatorade bath to the dancing habits of the game's quarterbacks. Still, the on-field looks worn by the participating teams manage to go overlooked far too...

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The Importance of Brand in Your Team Gear

When choosing your team gear for the upcoming season, it is essential to think about not just the look, but also quality and durability. Your team members will spend countless hours in their uniforms this season, and they won’t be sitting around....

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Online vs Local: The Best Option for Ordering Team Uniforms?

As a busy soccer coach taking care of team management, game planning, player counseling and daily life, it can be a challenge to size, order, and hand out those custom soccer uniforms. 

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Custom Team Gear of Star Athletes: featuring Cam Newton, Curry, Harper

There's basic team gear, then there's customized team gear.

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Custom Baseball Team Gear Inspiration for Auburn

Looking for baseball team gear inspiration? Let's look at Auburn.

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College Football Under Armour Uniforms: A Year in Review

Let's take a look at the 5 most successful Under Armour football Uni's of 2015

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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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How to Deal with Difficult Parents as a Coach: The Complete Guide

In every coach's career, it is inevitable that they will at some point be faced with the wrath of an angry or overly aggressive parent. You might be faced with that parent who is convinced that their eleven-year-old son or daughter is cut out for...

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The SquadLocker Difference #2: Instant Stores for Athletes

The SquadLocker Difference:  Instantaneous TeamLocker™ Store Launch

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The Single Greatest Piece of Advice for New Sports Coaches: 13...

Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with its own unique challenges. We asked a wide variety of sports coaches with different backgrounds and years of experience the same question: What is the single greatest piece of...

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The Results Are In!! Come See for Yourself Why SquadLocker Fans Are...

We are constantly asking ourselves “How are we doing? And how can we improve the online experience of TeamLocker™ for coaches, administrators, parents, and customers?”   Each day, we ask those questions of our growing base of loyal customers as...

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Basketball Gifts for the 2015 Holiday Season

The basketball season is officially underway - and so is the holiday season! If you're slacking on your holiday shopping this year, use this basketball gift guide for inspiration. Your favorite basketball player, coach or fan will thank you.

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Youth Basketball Tournaments: Tips for Coaches

Teaching children how to play a sport is an effective tool that can not only teach the fundamentals of the game, but can also instill discipline, work ethic, and several other skills that can be used in everyday life. While playing basketball is...

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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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Top 5 Best Basketball Blogs for Coaches

It's not always easy to find the information you're looking for among all of the videos, cat memes, GIFs, and other noise on social media and the rest of the web. Sometimes you just want to have a central place to go to for trustworthy, helpful...

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Coach's Toolkit: 5 Simple Basketball Games for Kids

As all coaches know, basketball can very quickly become competitive - aggressive even - if we let our teams spend all their time playing five on five games. The number one goal of youth basketball, however, is supposed to be to have fun. Every...

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Looking to Buy Team Gear? 15 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Order

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...

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Hockey Gifts for the 2015 Holiday Season

With hockey season and the holiday season upon us, it's time to make your holiday gifting game plan! We have scoured the internet to find some of the more creative ice hockey gift ideas for your favorite ice hockey player this season.

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Take-Aways from Start-up CEOs: 4 Core Values for Coaches & Athletes

In August, 2015, SquadLocker, the nation’s leading provider of technology-enabled athletic apparel solutions for teams, announced that it had recently closed A-round financing securing $2.25 million in equity capital which the company will invest in...

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The Most Common Mistakes Youth Football Coaches Make (And How to...

Whether this is your first year coaching or you are a seasoned youth football coach, every coach is forever a student to the game. And every great coach knows that in order to improve their players, they must constantly be learning new coaching...

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Why Warm Up Suits Are Necessary for Your Athletes

Why Warm Up Suits Are Necessary for Your Athletes

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...

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Basketball Team Gear Essentials and the Best Way to Order Them

Basketball season is quickly approaching. Along with tryouts and selecting players for the team, if you are a coach you are likely in charge of dealing with selecting and ordering basketball team gear. You might know why it's important for you...

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Coach's Toolkit: Basketball Drills for Kids

Coaching youth basketball is a great way to help get young athletes ready for middle school, junior high, or high school basketball. You are able to teach them the fundamentals of the game, team work, and most importantly, sportsmanship. The...

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Can I just be a Coach, not a customer service rep? A tale of 3 coaches

“Can I just be the Coach, Not the customer service rep for all the issues with apparel and gear?”  

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4 Ways Today’s Coaches, Athletes, and Retailers Are Driving the...

We know of your interest in the sportswear industry, so we wanted to ensure that you saw the recent article, “Nike vs. Under Armour, Which Is the Better Sportswear?”.   The article states that the “popularity of sportswear and apparel has reached...

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Why Athletes Dominate in Under Armour Team Uniforms and Apparel

Under Armour consistently churns out new, impressive athletic apparel and uniforms. In previous years, the brand added new functionality and design to their apparel. The ArmourVent™patented mesh fabric that came out in 2013 enhanced their...

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Raising Money? Check Out These Creative Football Fundraising Ideas

We’re all familiar with the annual bake sales and car washes that football teams put on each year. Sadly, sometimes all we see are these same old fundraisers over and over. Boring is not the word you want to describe your fundraiser. You want...

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Custom Fan Gear Success: US Women's National Soccer Team Kits by Nike

It has been a few months since the United States won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, but the buzz is still going. A lot of that talk is surrounding the custom fan gear designed by Nike, which continues to be a hit with soccer fans. Coaches,...

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

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...

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An Industry Viewpoint: Disruptive Innovation for Team Apparel

Innovation is altering consumer behavior in every industry across the globe. Entire industry sectors, led by e-commerce catalysts Amazon, Netflix, Uber, and AirBnB, have transformed how customers and companies interact. Competitors must innovate or...

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Warwick sports apparel company gets venture capital

Originally published by the Providence Journal

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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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Football Starts Now. Prebooking uniforms saves money, here's proof.

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A system jacket will protect you from the elements.

Are YOU ready for winter? For the blinding snow and freezing rain? For wind that comes whipping around corners with no warning enveloping you in its icy grasp?

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Football Training Guide [10/2014] - Strength, Good Hips and Rest are...

Successful football programs don’t just train, but know how to train.   Preseason football workouts should be comprised of four strength-based training days per week. This is where most teams make the mistake. “Train insane or remain the same”....

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SquadLocker will Offer Sport Specific Training Guides!

 

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RI Entrepreneur Hoping to Make Big Impact by Thinking Small

Originally published by the Providence Journal   WARWICK -- Gary Goldberg says he may have stumbled on to the secret to his success in business -- stop trying to make millions of dollars.

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Promoting Team Values through Community Partnerships

There are a lot of teams and athletes who put time and effort into community outreach, that's not always recognized by the public. At SquadLocker, we are dedicated to forming partnerships with local organizations and nonprofits, especially when...

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The 4 Major Benefits of Switching to Online, Team Sports Fundraising

No matter the size of your team, team sports fundraising has become a crucial component to many teams' yearly budgets.  While bake sales and raffles may build camaraderie, teams cannot rely on the amount of money generated through this type of...

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Why SquadLocker is Launching a Product Testing Program

Last week, I checked in with SquadLocker CEO Gary Goldberg to talk about our newest undertaking: the SquadLocker GearGuru challenge. Let's take a deeper look into Gary's newest idea, and see what the new program is all about.

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3 Moisture Management Options at a Glance

Have you ever found yourself standing in the middle of a retail store with a name brand performance shirt in one hand, and a generic brand in the other? At first glance, it can be challenging to determine the difference between different...

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Under Armour Sports Apparel that's Fit for a Super Hero

Team dealers nationwide have many things in common, but there is an underlying commonality among us that is oftentimes forgotten: our unrelenting passion for teams and sports apparel. From new product releases to learning more about compression...

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Preparing an All-School RFP for Athletic Apparel: 10 Guidelines

Some schools are ahead of the game. They are taking advantage of the myriad benefits for making a "vendor of record" commitment to a Team Dealer for all of their athletic apparel and team gear purchases.

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Maximize Athletic Apparel Spending: 3 Benefits of All-School Programs

In today's economy, getting this most value on team gear purchases is more important than ever. This includes SAVING MONEY on all apparel purchases as well as maximizing the incentives received from the apparel brand, like Under Armour or...

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The Top 10 Things Your Team Dealer Should Practice Everytime

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...

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3 Ways to Simplify Buying Team Gear and Apparel

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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Team Gear Guide for Summer Camp Success

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,...

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Best Value Track Uniforms for High Schools and Middle Schools

The Spring Track & Field season starts up at the end of the month for high schools and middle schools across the country.  That means if you haven’t ordered your track team uniforms yet it’s time to make this a priority.  We get it – coaching is...

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Best of the Best: Under Armour, Adidas, and Champion Track Uniforms

March is here, and here in Rhode Island that means the last of the snow is starting to thaw and we’re finally starting to get a taste of warmer weather. It also means Track & Field season is fast approaching. By now many schools have already...

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Lacrosse Practice Packages Your Players Can Actually Afford

Earlier this week we talked about some of the most popular choices for lacrosse uniforms, but when it comes to practice gear, it's a whole different story.  About 90% of teams who are looking for game-day uniforms have a particular brand in mind...

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Choosing the Best Lacrosse Uniform: Under Armour and Other Contenders

There are plenty of important issues that occupy the minds of lacrosse coaches and athletic directors at the outset of every season. Scheduling, travel accommodations, athletes’ academic performance, and, of course, the team’s prospects are...

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Stock Uniform Design 101

As young athletes progress through the youth and scholastic ranks, they expect to improve. Whether they want to perfect their jump shot, increase their bat speed, or lift more weights, kids believe that their work in practice and during the...

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SquadLocker Speaks: How a Team Dealer Can Help with Uniform Design

So you need new uniforms… or hats, or bags, or travel suits, or any gear for that matter. Who do you call? Your team dealer. I won't go on and on about how working with a team dealer will do everything from save you money to help you choose the...

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Sublimation 101: What is It and Why Lacrosse Teams Crave It

Perhaps more than any other sport, lacrosse has become something more than just a game. For many lacrosse players around the country, they look at lacrosse as a part of a distinct lifestyle associated with the sport. People may disagree about...

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Inexpensive (but Quality) Options for Baseball Uniforms

Last week we talked about some of the most popular baseball brands on the market. Those companies’ baseball uniforms are great options for leagues, schools, and teams that have the money to spend on high-quality, highly customized baseball...

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Top 4 Baseball Uniform Brands - The Best Sellers

In all sports, youth and scholastic leagues take their lead from the professionals. From league administrators to the players themselves, people involved in youth and scholastic sports model their behavior after those who do it at highest level....

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3 Tips for Parents to Save Money on Little League Uniforms

“Little League.” For kids, these words evoke fun, teamwork, and (possibly) orange slices. For young adults, they may induce nostalgia. For everybody, they are a symbol for spring and youth. Little League baseball and tee ball are American...

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SquadLocker™ Picks First Donation Recipient for US Lacrosse First...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 27, 2014

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Where to Buy High School Fastpitch Uniforms on a Budget

It’s cold. Both your boys and girls basketball teams are having great seasons. Fan interest is high, which is great, but brings with it additional time commitments and responsibilities. People are constantly congratulating you and others on the...

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When Are Performance Enhancing Uniforms PEDs?

With all of the hype surrounding performance enhancing drugs in baseball, sometimes it makes you wonder about other performance enhancers. Companies like Under Armour and Nike have differentiated themselves on the basis of quality and...

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Better Than the Rest: What it Means to Retire an Athlete's Jersey

It doesn’t take long for most professional athletes to become a distant memory in the minds of even the most diehard fans. However, those who are blessed with the health and ability necessary for long, hall-of-fame-level careers have a way of...

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The New Tuck Rule and the NHL's Uniform Guidelines for 2014

Though team sports are often held up as an example of people working together to achieve a common goal, there is a certain element of individuality that pervades even the most collective-minded games. Hockey certainly qualifies as a sport that...

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How to Design One of the Best Team Uniforms of All Time

Choosing the “best” anything when it comes to sports is obviously a divisive issue.  Determining who has the best team uniforms has sparked many a feud amongst sports fans over the years. The mere attempt to rank jerseys might seem rather...

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Chicken, Gold Thongs, and Other Bizarre Game-Day Rituals

If you have played sports at virtually any level from youth leagues to professional, then you have probably developed a few superstitions along the way that you would swear up and down make you a better athlete or at least make you perform...

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Cost-Saving Tips to Make New Lacrosse Uniforms Fit in Your Budget

With the New Year approaching, high school athletic administrators need to start turning their attention to the spring sports season. This means answering the usual questions: Are all of the teams’ schedules set? Will they have buses to...

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Under Armour's "ArmourVent" is Coming - And It's Pretty Cool

Under Armour's newest line of moisture and heat management gear is coming soon. After patenting a new form of "ArmourVent" mesh fabric in May, they have secured a supplier and are ready to ramp up production for Spring 2014. Both short sleeve...

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From Top-Tier to Budget: A Training Gear Brand Breakdown

When most people think of team gear they think of the uniforms a team wears to compete on the field, court, or ice.  These uniforms usually have a certain pattern or set of specs that are mandatory across a certain sport, league, division, etc. ...

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What's in a Name? Avoiding Embarrassing Uniform Mistakes

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Bring on the Heat: Heat Applied Graphics Kick Screen-Printing's Butt

Athletic apparel is constantly changing and progressing. Fabric, fit, design, color, and trend - Team Gear continues to evolve to meet the needs of the athletes. The application and decoration methods must adapt as well. Heat applied graphics,...

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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 Use Color to Strike Fear into the Hearts of Your Enemies

In sports, the best teams often find small advantages in aspects of the game that other squads deem irrelevant. For example, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick focuses on the weather more than many of his peers, frequently allowing the...

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Dress to Win: Uniforms Make Your Team Look Organized & Competitive

I love to read the comments that come in from the visitors and customers that frequent our site. I try to read every one personally. If someone has taken the time to write us something, I feel the least I can do is to read what they have to say....

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

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...

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How Hockey Warm Up Suits Promote Team Unity

There is no question that the best teams in sports are frequently the most talented ones; the right combination of skill and depth almost always leads to success. However, sports have always demonstrated that a team’s chemistry—its...

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Should the Washington Redskins Change their Name, Mascot and Uniforms?

The controversy isn't new. Simply stated, Native Americans are urging the owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team to change their name as the word Redskin is an offensive and derogatory word to most Native Americans. Daniel Snyder, the current...

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Why Youth Basketball Uniform Duty Doesn’t Have to Suck

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...

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A Cure for the Hockey Bag Funk: Antimicrobial Warm Up Suits

In hockey—and in all sports—keeping players and coaches healthy is vital to being successful. Teams spend an inordinate amount of time together, sharing locker rooms, water, and food. In other words, they are ripe for the many viruses and...

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Why Your Kids’ Youth Basketball Jerseys are Stuck in the 80s (or 90s)

Retro is cool. We’ve made note of this trend before on this blog. In professional sports, teams are going retro with their uniforms as a fun way to appeal to their die-hard fans and, yes, sell more merchandise. For teams that have been around...

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Throwback Controversy: Is Old School Football Apparel a Safety Issue?

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SquadLocker Teams with Gloria Gemma Foundation’s Flames of Hope...

SquadLocker Becomes the Official Customized T-Shirt Sponsor for the Gloria Gemma Foundation Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series

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Let's Talk about a Good Guy, Ever Heard of JJ Watt?

After my two previous blog posts (the first was about Ndamukong Suh's nasty on the field behavior, the second about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes a fair wage), one would think I am full of sour grapes and rotten tomatoes.  I am here...

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The NCAA's Refusal to Pay Student Athletes, Total Hypocrisy

With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying...

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Learn These Important Tips About Laundering Your Team Uniforms

Nothing shows your team's pride like investing in a new set of team uniforms. With so many options available at many pricing and performance levels, your team apparel dealer can assist you in finding the right look that meets your specific...

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

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...

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Ndamukong Suh Should be Thrown out of the NFL, Uniform and All

If you haven't seen the recent news about Ndamukong Suh's record $100,000 fine then take a read here. Now let's take a closer look at the NFL's decision to fine Mr. Suh and examine the hypocrisy of their actions.

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I am not Impressed by the 2013 NFL Football Uniforms, are you?

I was and remained excited that the start to the 2013 NFL season has finally arrived. In fact, my two sons and I spent the better part of Sunday soaking in as much live action as we could considering it was a beautiful day here in the northeast....

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Key Takeaways from ESPN's NHL Uniform Power Rankings

Recently, ESPN.com uniform expert Paul Lukas has been running a feature on the website that ranks teams in each of the four major professional American sports based on their jerseys’ appeal. Lukas’ Uni Watch Power Rankings are debatable, and he...

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

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...

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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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Top 3 Trends for Team Basketball Uniforms & Shoes You'll Want to Know

Finding basketball apparel that impresses your players is difficult. After all, basketball team uniforms and shoes change styles year after year. If you don’t keep track of the trends in basketball apparel, you will miss out on purchasing the...

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Team Sports Fundraising 101: How Fan Shops Will Forever Change the...

Team sports fundraising is an integral part of any athletic department’s mission to fund its sports. Schools have traditionally settled on bake sales and car washes to generate some extra revenue for their teams, but these old methods are...

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Smart Ways to Reduce Costs for Your Ice Hockey Team on Warm Up Suits...

When budgeting for your school’s hockey team or teams, you should make sure to include the cost of warm up suits in your financial plan. The cost of ice hockey uniforms, ice time, and travel can be prohibitive, particularly at schools that have...

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Everything Coaches Need to Know About Purchasing Team Basketball Gear

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...

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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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Where to Find the Best Youth Basketball Jerseys for Your Team's Budget

Youth basketball can be a challenging sport to outfit. Some kids grow faster than others, so the height and size of your players will (most likely) vary significantly even if they are all the same age. Having an apparel company that can meet...

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How to Find the Best Ice Hockey Team Uniforms for Less

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...

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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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Hi-Tech Fabrics Will Revolutionize Football Team Uniforms and Gear

Conditions can vary wildly during the football season, even during the course of a single game. Practice starts with two-a-days late in the summer, which, especially in the hotter regions of the United States, can be grueling under sweltering...

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

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,...

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How Antimicrobial Team Apparel Fabrics Keep Your Athletes Healthy

In high school football, every game counts. You only have seven to ten games in the regular season. Can you stand to have your starting quarterback out sick for even one game? When a key player misses even one practice, it can derail the whole...

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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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SquadLocker Partners with University of Oklahoma to Help Tornado...

Local Athletic Apparel Firm Partners with University of Oklahoma to Help Tornado Victims FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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Adidas Selects SquadLocker™ to Become An Authorized Team Dealer for...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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...

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How to Care for Team Uniforms to Make Them Last

School athletics and league budgets are limited, especially in today's challenging economic climate, so finding uniforms your team can enjoy for years is vital. Fortunately, team uniform care is easy and helps keep apparel fresh longer. If you...

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