Team gear can help develop group cohesion and team pride. While buying new team gear is exciting, there are so many different brands and companies to pick from that deciding which is the best option can be overwhelming. 

Here are five things you should take into consideration to make this process easier: 

Quality of Product

Product quality varies across different companies. Quality accounts for two things: material and the ability to resist wear and tear. Begin your search by knowing specifically what quality of product you are looking for. 

From jersey style, to pro-mesh, polyester, jacquard or cotton, there’s plenty of existing materials to choose from. These materials can affect not only the way uniforms look, but also your team’s performance. Consider what materials work best for your specific sport and the environment your players compete in. 

Reviews will be your best friend in discerning whether a specific company has high quality products. Be sure to check website reviews, Facebook, Google and other sites to learn everything you need to know.

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    Customization

    Personalization distinguishes your team’s gear from another’s. 

    When it comes to putting names, numbers and logos on uniforms, look into what different companies offer. Color choices should also be explored heavily. 

    Different companies will charge different amounts for customization, so dig deep into the specifics of what a company will and will not allow you to do for different price points.

      Customer Service

      Buying from a company that is easy to reach and willing to communicate will make the process of buying team gear much easier. Buying from a company with poor customer service will only add to your stress, especially if they take long periods of time to respond to orders and questions. 

      This is another instance where reviews can come in handy. Peruse any forum you can find with reviews on different companies to find accommodating service.

      Turnaround Time

      Industry standard is two to four weeks for basic screen printing and embroidery. The more complicated the customization, the longer it will take. 

      The addition of individual names and numbers typically adds around a week to the production timeline. Six to eight weeks is normal for fully customized uniforms.  

      Take advantage of companies like 323 Sports that offer shorter, four to six week windows for custom uniforms.

      Setup and Shipping Costs

      Be on the lookout for potential hidden costs and fees. 

      Never pay shipping for apparel as it is standard to get free freight on every order with 12 or more apparel items. 

      There are typically set-up charges for screen printed and embroidered items. Some companies include set-up costs in the price, while others quote them out separately. Be sure to read the fine print. 

      Do not hesitate to contact 323 Sports for any of your team gear questions or needs.

       

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