january/february 2023 Issue

Back at Bat

With Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in warm locales from Florida to Arizona, can the youth, high school and college seasons be far behind?

Past Magazine Features

Four Quarters

There’s a natural ebb and flow to the game of football that is familiar to everyone. After all of the pre-game pageantry, pep talks and refreshments, there are four quarters of action punctuated by some timeouts, two-minute warnings and injuries.

Kick Start

Soccer has long been touted as America’s sport of the future and has been one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country for a generation now. As the nation’s demographics continue to evolve, the data is finally catching up to those claims.

Going for the Goals

Goals/nets vendors address the major issues facing the team business in 2023. Big surprise: Pickleball is hot!

On The Road Back

In its first high school sports participation survey in three years, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) reported a total of 7,618,054 participants in high school sports for 2021/22, down four percent from its 2018/19 figure of 7,937,491.

One-on-One With Laura St. George

In a milestone rarely reached by any companies, team sports equipment supplier Gared has been celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2022. To mark the occasion, Team Insight sat down with Laura St. George, VP at Gared and Executive VP and Managing Member of Gared Holdings...

In a Pickle

Now considered the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., pickleball accrued 4.8 million players last year, soaring 14.8 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to the 2022 SFIA Topline Participation Report.

High School Sports are Special

While the major sports of football, baseball, softball and basketball continue to grab the most headlines and attention at high schools across America, participation is thriving in the so-called specialty sports in every corner of the country.

Special Menu

Man cannot live on bread alone. That is a tried-and-true belief passed down through the centuries. Now, in 2022, as everyone attempts to return to some sort of post-pandemic normalcy, in the world of team sports, that maxim can be expanded to say that team dealers cannot live...

The Right Click

Team dealers have always prided themselves on their ability to create and maintain personal relationships with coaches, schools, athletic directors and other clients.

A New Retail Opportunity

As a fast-growing sport still in its infancy, pickleball presents a unique opportunity for retailers. There are plenty of brands to work with and an influx of new players seeking product.

The 1-On-1 Project: Allen Reynolds

Allen Reynolds, currently the Team Sales Manager at Cook’s Sporting Goods, has sold sporting goods for the past 12 years in his more than 33 years of sales experience. Team Insight caught up with him to get his insight into the state of team sports in 2022...

Magazine Archives

Team Insight: designed to exclusively serve the team sports market. With an expert editorial staff that truly understands the needs of the team business, Team Insight provides team buyers with information on how to better run their business and how to make more educated buying decisions.

News, Trends and Analysis of the Team Sports Market.

Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, Softball, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Track & Field, Swimming, Pickleball, Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Technology.

Adidas Is Merging U.S. and Canadian Operations

While it may not have any immediate direct impact on team dealers and their customers, it is big news in the world of sporting goods that Adidas recently confirmed that it is consolidating its operations in the U.S. and Canada.

Mueller Partners with Packers Legend Donald Driver

Mueller Sports Medicine recently signed an agreement with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver, owner of Driven Elite Fitness & Health, to act as a strong voice to communicate the role Mueller products play in athlete’s daily lives.

Study: 36.5 Million Americans Played Pickleball In 2022

It’s now time for our regular pickleball report. This month it is comes in the form of the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation Report recently released by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) that shows 14 percent of adults in the U.S.

But Wait: Tennis Participation Is Also Up, Says USTA

Wait just a minute all of those out there who are tolling the death knell for the more traditional sport of tennis. It seems the racquet and ball set is doing just fine as well, at least according to a report from the Tennis Industry Association. (TIA).

Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

In an industry where there are hundreds of options on where people can spend their money, FSGA has focused on value and quality.

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