MaY/June 2022 Issue

New Playbook

Over the past two years, the pandemic left the entire team sports industry reeling, but now that the virus is finally (hopefully) entering the endemic phase, football is ready to reassert its dominance and many dealers are experiencing a welcome surge in sales.

Past Magazine Features

Right On Time

With few exceptions, 2020 and 2021 were not banner years for team sports participation or sales, female or male, but as the pandemic enters the endemic phase and spring arrives, renewed hope and fresh opportunities for the team market are blossoming.

Pay It Forward

Girls’ soccer is back on the pitch and the newfound momentum among schools, clubs and select teams is good news for dealers and soccer specialty stores alike.

Fast Break

Prior to the pandemic basketball was on a tear, with total participation jumping 11.4 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to the SFIA’s 2021 Topline Report. The organization also found that basketball was ranked the number one sport that kids ages 6-12 and 13-17...

Bright Diamonds

Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth — and this year for the full return of a girls’ fast-pitch softball season. That news is as welcome to team dealers as warmer weather, lower gas prices and on-time delivery of the products they ordered for the season.

Sticking To It

Lacrosse’s soaring popularity has spread well beyond its Northwest and Mid-Atlantic base, it continues to attract youth and high school players and is still the fastest-growing college sport in the country.

Hot for 2022

Five pages of the hottest, trend-right and technically advanced new products for girls’ and women’s sports as chosen by the editors of Team Insight. There is no shortage of new products being designed specifically for the female athlete as team sports return to a sense of normalcy...

The 1-On-1 Project: Part 6

Team Insight Goes 1-on-1 with Mary Dolan, Owner/CEO, Pro-Am Team Sports, Schererville, IN. Mary Dolan’s initial career was as an employment and domestic relations lawyer, but after she took some time off when her fifth child was born and she was ready to go back to work she decided to...

Athena Arrives Just for Girls

Well known to the team sports industry as a maker of wrestling apparel, 50-year-old Brute Athletic Apparel is now expanding from that most macho of sports into women’s custom team apparel.

Holding Serve

Flying in the face of pandemic woes and an accompanying drop-off in participation, women’s volleyball had a banner year in 2021. Highlights included the debut of a professional league in February, a gold medal sweep in the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games...

High Pitch

Baseball is in an unusual situation. For the first time this century and for only the second time in nearly 30 years, Major League Baseball is involved in a labor dispute. That causes fans to shake their heads in disgust and retailers that sell MLB-licensed merchandise to get a little nervous.

Rough Diamond

The leadership of youth baseball in the U.S. is optimistic that local recreational baseball leagues will play out their regular seasons in 2022. Their joint level of optimism follows some promising experiences in a somewhat disrupted 2021.

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.

Cap America Acquires Wear-A-Knit

Expanding its reach into new technologies and markets while increasing its domestic production capacity, Cap America this month acquired Minnesota-based custom knitwear company Wear-A-Knit. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

NSGA Report: Some Rebound Seen From COVID-19

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which finally allowed people to return to some of their traditional activities in 2021, were reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2022 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Female Wrestling Uniforms Part of Rules Changes

Clarifying uniform requirements for female high school wrestlers were among the rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 season.

Rawlings And Easton Partner With D-Bat

Rawlings and Easton have entered into a multi-year agreement with Texas-based D-Bat, the baseball and softball training academy franchise.

United Sports Brands Acquires Pearl Izumi

United Sports Brands has acquired Pearl Izumi USA, the manufacturer of cycling apparel and accessories. Pearl Izumi will join USB’s portfolio of protective and performance sports equipment sold under the Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters, Nathan and Glukos brands. Terms were not disclosed.

Adidas And Foot Locker Announce Enter Strategic Partnership

Bound to have a significant impact on sporting goods retail and team sports, the recently announced partnership between Adidas and Foot Locker – built around product and deeper consumer connectivity – makes Adidas Foot Locker’s leading partner in the all-important basketball category.

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