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Transfers Of Power

Although sublimation seemingly has been around forever, ongoing improvements in hardware and software technologies, enhanced fabrics and better inks are making this still-relatively new process increasingly practical and economical for the team market.

Getting With The Tech Program

The team market, better known for its reliance on tradition and old-school ways of doing business than for its early adoption of technology, is now eagerly seeking out innovation. For the past few years, the shift toward tech had been gradual, but 2020 ushered in a new...

Ramping Up

While team dealers have always excelled at connecting with customers and providing personalized service, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically quickened their pace in adopting new technology platforms that will enable stability and enhance growth. Such advances are designed to help...

Lost Diamonds

To use a backyard sports metaphor, the Spring 2020 baseball and softball season was one big whiff for the team business. Never before has an entire season been sent to the showers, leaving dealers holding inventory, receiving cancelled POs and longing for the days...

Muddle in the Huddle

The cancellation of the spring sports season was a catastrophe for team dealers, but they dealt with it and have moved on. Summer camps remain a question in many parts of the country as well, but most dealers are positioned to react as needed to what happens in their territories.

Learning New Skill Sets

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, girls’ and women’s sports have been gradually and continuously changing the team business — for the better. It’s now gotten to the point that in a few sports, such as the traditionally male bastion of wrestling, girls are now outpacing boys in annual...

No Holds Barred

Wrestling’s governing bodies, product manufacturers and team dealers continue to go to the mat to help boost participation, awareness and, of course sales, and the efforts are paying off.

The Bank Shots

The news is positive for both girls’ and boys’ basketball as the sport continues to attract players of all ages and ability levels. The 2019 SFIA Basketball Single Sport Participation Report reveals that in 2018 a total of 24.2 million played the game — 77.9 percent male and 22.1 percent female.

Scoring Chance

Although soccer’s popularity as a spectator sport is surging in the U.S., growth in participation remains at a standstill. Outdoor soccer participation totaled 11.4 million players in 2018, a decline of 4.3 percent from 2017, according to the SFIA 2019 Topline Report.

Providing An Edge

In the team dealer universe, an emphasis on personal service and the ability to connect with customers have always been, and still are, the keys to doing business. But the way this is achieved is now being augmented with a new generation of technology that allows dealers to grow and thrive...

Secrets Of Their Success

While it’s true that the team market hasn’t always been comprised of early adopters, an increasing number of dealers have overcome their tech fears by investing in platforms that are helping them thrive by boosting efficiency, accuracy, reliability and, of course, profits.

Covering All Bases

Participation in both baseball and fast-pitch softball is continuing to trend upward, especially at the high school level. Although schools, leagues, organizations and the sports’ governing bodies are pleased with the growth, many dealers are still feeling a pinch, citing such variables as...