Football and Thanksgiving: A Perfect Match November 3, 2017

For many people, their thanksgiving is not complete without turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and… football! Football has become an integral part of Thanksgiving day, but where did this tradition come from? Read on to learn more about how Thanksgiving and football became the perfect match.

How Thanksgiving Football Started

Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 and the first football games on Thanksgiving took place in 1869, so football has been integral to this holiday almost right from the start. This first Thanksgiving game was played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Germantown Club, and subsequent games were played between Princeton and Yale. The Intercollegiate Football Association officially made football a Thanksgiving fixture in 1882 when they decided to hold an annual collegiate championship game in New York City on Thanksgiving day. The two leading teams in the association would play, and now Thanksgiving weekend marks the end of the regular season for college football. Professional football teams have played on Thanksgiving since their start in the 1890s, and the New York Pro Football League and the Ohio League combined into the NFL in 1920 and the NFL has played on Thanksgiving ever since. The Detroit Lions have played home Thanksgiving games since 1934 as have the Dallas Cowboys since 1966. The Lions’ then-owner, George A. Richards set up the holiday game as a way to draw attention to his new franchise, and Richards used his radio station to broadcast to 94 stations nationwide. Although the Lions lost the match to the Chicago Bears, the tradition stuck and inspired the manager of the larger Dallas Cowboys to start playing a Thanksgiving game as well. Many people today think of pumpkin pie, turkey, and the Lions and the Cowboys as Thanksgiving fixtures. The NFL added a third game to this lineup in 2006, and a rotating host team would play on Thanksgiving night.

Turkey Bowl

Along with professional and college football games on Thanksgiving day, high schools often have games as well that are called a Turkey Bowl or Turkey Day Game. This is in honor of the main dish that graces most American’s Thanksgiving tables, and often these games are against a fierce rival or a culmination of league play that will result in a champion for the year. Turkey Bowl is now also used by informal groups who organize Thanksgiving day games and could include flag football, street football, or touch football. Although these Turkey Bowl games are informal, they often involve rivalries that can last for decades between families, coworkers, fraternities, and churches across the country. Even if you don’t participate in an organized game, if the weather is nice Thanksgiving is a great time to toss around the pigskin (and maybe burn off some of those calories)!

Throwback Uniforms

A fun tradition of Thanksgiving day games in recent years has been the introduction of wearing throwback uniforms. The NFL debuted their Throwbacks Collection in 1991, and in 1994 honoring the NFL’s 75th anniversary teams were allowed to wear old uniform styles. Not every part of the old uniforms were copied, especially ones that might pose a safety risk such as the obsolete leather helmets that were discontinued in the 1950s. Instead, decals and striping were removed from the current helmets to fit better with the older style of jerseys. The throwback jerseys also still displayed the player’s last name on the back, which has been part of the NFL official rules since 1970. The fonts used on the throwback jerseys were as close as possible to the originals, and some teams wore jerseys that existed before the large player number was displayed on the front, so they included a smaller number on the shoulder. Some of these jerseys were so popular that they became the full-time team uniforms. In 2013 the NFL imposed new rules that prohibited the use of alternate colored helmets, which has hampered having a truly throwback uniform for many teams. Teams can still use alternate decals, or no decals, but they must also use them on the regular helmets. Thanksgiving day games have become a time when teams, notably the Lions and Cowboys, showcase their throwback jerseys.

Thanksgiving Football Games 2017

Continuing the football tradition, this year there will be three NFL games played on Thanksgiving. The Detroit Lions will face off against the Minnesota Vikings at 12:30pm ET; this will be their second face off in the 2017 season. Then the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:30pm ET—this is the first time the Chargers will have played on Thanksgiving since 1970. The third game makes NFL history, as the Washington Redskins host a game for the first time in their franchise history. They will play the New York Giants, and while the Redskins have played many a Thanksgiving match, they have not hosted. In addition to these professional games will be various college level and high school games, and countless neighborhoods will head outside to throw the football around.

So get ready for some turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, and a healthy dose of football. If you are one of the millions of Americans who equate Thanksgiving and football you won’t be disappointed this year! There is something special about gathering together, eating great food, and watching exciting games. Moneyball Sportswear wishes you a happy Thanksgiving, and if you are looking to make your own custom team throwback uniforms, request a free quote from us today!

Read more

The Myth of the Dumb Jock October 5, 2017

Surely you have heard the stereotypes: nerds are smart, jocks are dumb, and the cool kids just don’t care. While pigeonholing students is becoming less pronounced, the misconception that athletes don’t achieve as much academically persists. New studies are finding that not only is the dumb jock stereotype not true, athletes actually tend to perform better academically than their uninvolved peers. Let’s dispel the dumb jock myth once and for all, and replace it with the idea that athletes are actually leading the way in both physical and mental performance.

Physical Exercise Helps the Brain

A recent article from Florida National University highlights several recent studies that have proven that physical exercise is good for the brain. MRI scans show that when sedentary individuals suddenly increase their physical activity the volume of their hippocampus and frontal and temporal lobes increases. These areas of the brain are connected to cognitive function, memory, and learning. Another study found that when adolescents increased their exercise, their exam performance increased as well. For boys, every extra 17 minutes they exercised showed increased performance in math, english, and science, and for girls 12 extra minutes showed an increase. Additionally, a CDC report saw that physical education had either a positive or neutral effect on academic achievement, with 11 out of 14 studies showing positive correlation. So, physical exercise is good for the brain, good for performance, and good for students. While this exercise doesn’t have to come from sports, athletic programs are a great way for kids to stay physically active and continually push themselves.

Kansas Athletes

While sports organizations had been saying for years that athletes made better students, Angela Lumpkin, who coached women’s basketball in the 1970s, set out to make a concrete case. She used data from the entire state of Kansas to measure high school student performance in relation to athletics. Her findings were persuasive in offering evidence that athletes were outperforming their peers in notable areas. The incidence of a GPA of 3.5 or higher was almost 20 percent higher in female athletes, and almost 10 percent higher in male athletes. The graduation rate of female athletes surpassed that of their non-athlete peers, and for boys it was a whopping 10 percent higher! So much for the idea that “dumb jocks” can only play sports—this data showed that they also were academically successful. Another notable statistic was that the attendance rate of athletes was higher for both girls and boys than their non-athlete peers, showing that the worries that athletics and sports will be too much for a young student are false. This data gave a tangible way to measure the success of athletes, and to calm fears that they wouldn’t be as academically successful as their peers.

NCAA GSR

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has worked hard to dispel the myth of the dumb jock. They use their own graduation success rate (GSR) to measure long-term academic success. According to the GSR, the percent of freshman Division 1 athletes who entered college in 2001 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree by 2007 was 79 percent—15 percent higher than the standard federal graduation rate. The GSR seeks to not penalize students who transfer to another school in good academic standing, and aims to look at the long term achievement of the student. Their findings indicate that, again, sports have a positive impact on students and should not be seen as academic hindrances.

Organization

Another common misconception is that sports will take up time that should be dedicated to academics, and as a result grades and performance will suffer. While sports definitely do take up time, they actually force a student to become more organized and use their time more efficiently. A rigorous game and training schedule teaches students to prioritize their schoolwork, and can often eliminate the last minute all-nighter. Consistent training can lead to consistent homework and study times, which can help students prepare for college and beyond. Self-discipline can help get rid of procrastination, and help with academic focus. Being organized and able to manage time effectively is extremely useful in every job that you could have and equip a young athlete with lifelong skills.

Mental Health

The high school and college years can be a challenging time for a young student, and when you add in all of the physical and social changes, as well as changes in responsibility, it is no wonder that so many youth struggle with their mental health. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all negatively affect school performance, and grades can suffer. Sports are a great outlet for giving the brain mood-boosting chemicals that can keep you happy and positively impact your school performance. Endorphins are released during exercise that can give you a positive outlook on life, and keep schoolwork feeling manageable. A happier, more motivated student will do better academically; just another reason that being a jock is a smart choice.

Employment

The final destination after years of schooling is to find a satisfying and sustaining job, and research by British Universities and Sport (BUCS) has shown that participation in sports is appealing to employers. Employers were more likely to prefer a candidate who had sports involvement on their resume, and saw sports as indicating a greater scope of skill than just academics alone. Far from being seen as someone who only can perform on the field, athletes are viewed as well-rounded individuals who have more to offer than just book-smarts.

Perception

A big reason to squash the dumb jock myth once and for all is impact it can have on the athlete through self-perception. looked at how this stereotype can become self-fulfilling in students that are athletes. Research revealed that when students viewed themselves as dumb, they were less likely to do well academically. A study done where the students were reminded of their jock association beforehand showed that they scored 12 percent lower than their peers on GRE-style tests. However, the times may be changing. A recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh found that participants in the study who were student-athletes had significantly higher math test scores than the non-athletes. One explanation for this is that the backlash against this stereotype is actually helping athletes recognize and achieve higher academic achievements than their peers.

Get Smart

If you want to have all-around achievement, sports seem like a great complement to academics. Students who play sports are more motivated, higher-scoring, happier, and more likely to land the jobs they want. At Moneyball Sportswear, we want to encourage each child to reach their fullest potential, and work closely with the community to host camps that can introduce kids to basketball for the first time. Every parent wants to set their child up for success, and evidence shows time and again that the “dumb jocks” have actually become the smart athletes.  If your child has an affinity for sports, see this as a great way that they can learn to manage their time, have self-discipline, and reach their goals. If you are looking for the best custom team uniforms for your smart jock, look no further than Moneyball—we have the gear you need to be successful on the court, field, or rink!

Read more

Can the Color of Your Team Uniform Help You Win? September 19, 2017

Throughout history, athletes have used lucky charms or rituals to help them on their big game days. Many of these practices (special shoes, not washing your socks, a lucky necklace) haven’t been scientifically verified, but bring comfort and confidence to players, which could result in better performance. There are some recent studies that have been done analyzing the colors that winning team’s uniforms were, and some indication that color may really have a measurable effect on winning or losing. Read on to see what colors are winners, and start dreaming up your new custom team uniforms!

Black Uniforms

Many studies have been done to measure how color impacts insects, animals, and people. Traditionally, black is viewed as a color of power and aggression, and a 1988 study sought to find a correlation between teams that wore black uniforms and their level of aggressiveness. The study wanted to show that the color a team wore could influence their behavior, in this case how many penalties teams in the National Football League or the National Hockey League received during a season. The teams that wore black uniforms ranked near the top of their leagues in penalties, and when they switched from non-black to black uniforms there was an immediate spike in penalties. The study concluded that the color black not only influenced the self-perception of the players, making them feel more aggressive, but it also influenced social perception of the players, and could bias the judgement of the referees. In kid’s sports movies the “evil” team is always dressed in black!  So if you are looking to be perceived as threatening and aggressive, black seems to be the color of choice. Of course, this could also lead to more penalties or fouls, so be prepared!

Red Uniforms

Red has been shown to be a color that is perceived as attractive, and in nature red can be a signal of male dominance and testosterone. A recent study found that the testosterone levels of players wearing red was measurably higher. Red can also make you appear more in charge and threatening to your opponents. In sports there have been several studies done demonstrating the impact red has on competition and success. In the 2004 Olympic Games, four combat sports (boxing, tae kwon do, Greco-Roman wrestling, and freestyle wrestling) were used to test the impact of color. Contestants were randomly assigned red or blue outfits and it was found that across all of the competitions the contestants wearing red won more fights. Red was also studied in the Euro 2004 international soccer tournament where competitors wore different colored uniforms throughout the event. When teams wore red uniforms they consistently played better than when they were wearing white or blue uniforms. So, are we on to something? It sounds like a red and black uniform would be the most aggressive, threatening, and winning combination, right? Well, hold on to your blue or white uniforms for awhile longer—for one thing, red or black only seemed to give advantage when the players were already pretty evenly matched. So if you are a basketball newbie you can’t just put on a red jersey and join the NBA! Speaking of basketball, there is a very interesting study analyzing winning March Madness teams that we should look at…

March Madness Winners

This study looked at the color combinations of winning March Madness team’s uniforms to see if they could help predict future winners. They looked at every champion in NCAA history since 1939 and the top ten color combos played out like this:

  1. White and blue
  2. Gold and blue
  3. Red and black
  4. White and red
  5. Red and cream
  6. Red and blue
  7. Orange and blue
  8. Gold and green
  9. Purple and black
  10. Red and grey

So according to this study, while red and black were definitely showing a strong presence, white and blue and blue and gold took the top places. In fact, blue and white uniforms have won the NCAA trophy 24 times, followed by blue and gold at 14 times. Red and black came in next, but the winnings dropped to only six times. Can you use these stats to definitely predict the next March Madness winner? Probably not. But blue, white, gold, red, and black seem to be overall winning colors. Think of your favorite sports teams—what are their colors?

Are you looking to design new custom team uniforms? Choosing a color scheme is a big part of your new uniforms, and if your team doesn’t have established colors yet, maybe you should choose some statistical winners!  Moneyball Sportswear designs uniforms for baseball, soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse, and more, so you are sure to find a design that would be perfect for your team. The color is up to you—will it be red or blue that takes you to your next winning season?

 

Read more

Thinking of Getting Into Basketball? August 18, 2017

Are you just joining a basketball team, or getting back into the game? Starting on a new team can be intimidating, and joining seasoned basketball players can make you question your skills. If you are thinking of getting into basketball, here are some great tips and tricks to help you look less like a newbie and more like a pro.

Practice Makes Perfect

You can’t make those 3 point shots? Your dribbling skills would fit in on an elementary school court? No worries. Everyone started off at the bottom, and only practice refines your skills and takes you to the next level. Nothing can substitute for practice, and practice needs time. Mastering the fundamentals of basketball will give you the base you need to tackle the harder moves, and will set you up for success. No one likes to be bad at something, but if you start at the bottom, where do you have to go but up? Even one week of dedicated practice on a particular skill can give you tangible results and provoke you to practice more. Even basketball legends need to practice, so never underestimate the power of honing your skills.

Train

Aside from practicing basketball-specific skills, overall physical training is good as well. Basketball is a fast-paced, physically demanding sport, and being in peak condition will up your game. The more in shape you are, the better endurance you will have, and the quicker your response time. You will also have readied your body for the rigors of a game, and you are less likely to get injured while playing. Running, biking, or swimming can be great for cardiovascular fitness, and yoga or martial arts can help your flexibility, focus, and response. Don’t settle for just learning new basketball basics. Train to get your whole body in peak physical condition and you will reap the rewards on the court.

Warm Up

Don’t be the person who runs out on the court the first day emulating Michael Jordan only to pull a hamstring trying to slam dunk. Every time you practice, and every game you play in, you need to be conscious of having enough warm-up time to get your body ready. Stretching and getting your body moving before you start a full practice or game gets your muscles ready and will help you avoid injury. A good warm up will include stretching and cardiovascular activity that gets your heart pumping.

Mentally Prepare

While your body needs to be in shape to play a good basketball game, your mind needs to be ready as well. Are you ready to put in hard work on the court, and break through discouragement and feelings of inadequacy? Are you ready to be a team player who can successfully work both on and off the court with a myriad of different personalities? Especially if you are trying to further your basketball career, a coach will look at your motivation and attitude as part of the overall value you bring to a team. If you are low energy, complain about your position, or easily give up the ball and don’t know how to fight for it, you will be perceived as a weaker player than someone who is more motivated. Mentally prepare yourself to embrace endurance, losing games, and days you don’t feeling like bringing your A-game, and when those things do occur you will be ready to mentally face them.

Dribble, Dribble, Dribble

This goes along with practicing, but dribbling is an extremely important skill that can’t be practiced enough. Dribbling with your non-dominant hand will feel incredibly awkward at first, but will pay off in the long run. You want both of your hands to be equally skilled in ball handling, and the only way that will happen is when you force yourself to dribble on your weaker side. When players are just starting out, the tendency is to dribble too hard, and bounce the ball as forcefully as they can. Dribbling should be done with your knees bent, your head up, and your back straight, and you should always remain in control of the ball. Dribbling is central to basketball, so make sure that you have a solid base in this skill.

Look at Your Teammates

Is there someone on your team you really admire and always seems to excel in games? Study their moves, their techniques, and how they are practicing. Watching your teammates, or professional players on TV, can help you identify how you can up your game and become a better player. Watch how they move on the court, when they are defensive, and how they go in for the attack. Utilize your teammates as learning tools to make your game better, and instead of being discouraged that others are so good, use them to further your game.

Get the Right Gear

Basketball doesn’t require much gear, as opposed to other sports, but having the essentials can make you a better player. A good pair of shoes will lend support and traction, and protect your feet while running up and down the court. Having a team uniform solidifies your players, and gives you a more official presence. If you need the best custom team uniforms, you need to check out Moneyball Sportswear!  We can customize your basketball uniforms, or any other sport you may be interested in. Before you are an NBA pro, you can at least dress like one, and Moneyball Sportswear can help!

Read more

The Benefits of Playing Sports June 23, 2017

If you or your child are thinking of playing sports, you might not even realize the benefits that you can reap. Sports are great for the body, mind, and can be a decision that positively affects your whole life. Read on for some great benefits of playing sports.

Academics

You may be joining sports partially because you think you’re more the sporty type than the academic type, but sports actually help many athletes do better in school. Sports emphasize skills such as repetition and memorization that can translate into the academic realm. Sports can be a great organizational tool that can help you prioritize school work to be done before practice. Sports can also help students struggling academically to get a boost of confidence that can carry over into their studies.

Teamwork

Team sports foster communication and working together. Having a common goal with your teammates, coaches, and parents can help build excitement to achieve and win. You may be a great athlete, but if you can’t be a team player you will not be a standout sports star. Learn to play well with your teammates and you will gain a skill that can be translated into other areas of your life. Daily life requires problem solving, communication, and being a community member.

Stress Relief

For many people playing sports is a great way to relieve stress and tension and really unwind. Being able to physically release pent up stress can help take your mind off of daily problems, and even give you a chance to reflect on solutions. If you feel stressed after work or school, playing sports is a good way to unwind and focus your mental energy on your performance and sports goals.

Friendship

Being involved in sports can create lifelong friendships that can extend well beyond the life of the team. When you are focused on common sports goals, you are cemented together with your teammates in a pursuit that really bonds you. If you have trouble meeting friends in other situations, sports can be a great way to meet people who are from different backgrounds, schools, and communities.

Health

Sports can also be great for your physical health. You can lose weight, build muscle, and keep your body moving through playing sports. Especially with many jobs being sedentary, and kids staying indoors to play video games, joining a sports team that gets you out of the house and moving is so important.

Self Esteem

If you are lacking in confidence, excelling at a sport you love can boost your self-esteem. If you can conquer your sports goals, you will have more confidence to tackle other hurdles in life. Getting better at your sport and winning games is great for your self esteem, and that can impact your whole life!

So what are you waiting for? Find a sport you love, and join a team! And when you’re ready to get awesome custom team uniforms, Moneyball Sportswear is here for you! We offer high-quality uniforms for basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, softball, volleyball, and virtually any other sport you can think of! A custom team uniform really solidifies and legitimizes your team and gives you a great, cohesive look. Contact us today for a quote!

 

Read more

Sports On The Rise May 30, 2017

While sports are still incredibly popular in the United States, we are also fighting an ongoing obesity epidemic, and physical activity has been replaced with time on phones, games, and in front of the TV. Traditional sports such as basketball, football, and baseball are still mainstays in our culture, and even soccer is on the rise in popularity. If you are looking to get involved in a new sport, or get your children interested at an early age, there are many new sports to choose from. In the U.S., there has been growing interest in lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and roller hockey, and these sports might be just the thing to get you involved in a great physical activity. Read on to see what each of these sports is all about!

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., and this spring and summer sport appeals to men, women, and kids. Participation in lacrosse grew 47 percent from 2010 to 2015 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Kids who don’t feel drawn to any of the traditional sports should consider lacrosse; this game looks a lot like soccer while utilizing some of the quick moves of sports like basketball. In lacrosse, players run across a field carrying sticks with baskets on the ends, passing a small, rubber ball, and trying to land the ball in one of the goals at either end of the field. Each lacrosse team has 10 players, and they wear protective gear to protect themselves from the high speed ball being passed around the field. Like soccer and basketball, lacrosse is a team sport that requires communication and working together, and players must develop extreme accuracy in their shots. Lacrosse involves a lot of running, so players are constantly developing their speed and stamina, and getting great physical exercise. Lacrosse is truly an American sport, invented by Northeastern Native American tribes as early as the 1400s, and could be played with up to 1,000 players at once! If you have been looking for a new sport to try, lacrosse is a great option!

Rugby

Another sport on the rise is rugby, seeing a 43 percent rise since 2010, seeing the biggest growth of any sport in individuals 18-24 years old. Major sports channels now carry rugby games, especially after rugby was included in the 2016 Olympics Summer Games. Rugby is similar to American football, and is a fast-paced game that utilizes a similar looking ball to score goals. While rugby may look unfamiliar, and uses terms such as  “pitch”, “scrum”, “ruck” and “maul”, this game is a lot of fun! Unlike American football, there are very few stops in the action during a rugby game, and players on the field play both offense and defense. Like soccer, rugby can be played with just a ball, and this sport is gaining participants quickly. If you already love football, you probably will also love playing rugby!

Field Hockey 

If you live on the east coast of the U.S. you have probably been exposed to field hockey, but for some people this sport is somewhat of a mystery. Field hockey has its roots thousands of years back in ancient Greece, and first appeared in public schools in the UK in the 19th century. This game can be played on grass or turf, like soccer, and players use sticks to hit a hard, round ball into goals at opposite ends of the field. Unlike soccer, in field hockey you only want to hit the ball with the stick, not with any part of your body. Although more men than women play field hockey worldwide, in the U.S. it is primarily regarded as a women’s sport. This has been changing in recent years, as more boys become interested in this fast, fun sport, and joining teams. If you love ice hockey, you should try out field hockey!

Quidditch

Yes, you read that right—Quidditch! This is, of course, the game that originated in J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter, and has been gaining popularity. Yes, there are broomsticks (although no one is flying on them), and Quidditch combines tag, rugby and dodgeball to emerge as a truly unique sport. There are more than 170 official college teams, and there were thousands of spectators at a U.S. Quidditch-sponsored event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina recently. Who knows if Quidditch can stand the test of time and endure as an American sport, but if combining magic, wizardry, and sports seems appealing, Quidditch might be for you! Quidditch is also a great way to get your bookworm kids to take interest in a sport that has come alive straight out of the pages!

 

So if you have felt like basketball, baseball and football just aren’t for you, or your kids, don’t despair! There are so many choices of sports these days, and they are rising in popularity. At Moneyball Sportswear we want to provide custom uniforms for any sport you want to play—and yes, we offer Quidditch uniforms! We are committed to providing the highest quality for any of your team uniforms, whether they have basic designs, or more complex and intricate designs. Whatever new sport you choose to play, whether it is lacrosse, rugby, or even Quidditch, make your experience that much better with a custom team uniform from Moneyball Sportswear. With so many options, there is no reason to neglect joining a team—go out and find your perfect sport!

Read more

Start a Company Sports Team! May 4, 2017

If you are a company looking to increase employee performance, boost morale and encourage health and wellness, forming a company sports team may be a great solution. With so many great team sports to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding whether to form a basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, football or hockey team. Whatever sport you choose to go with, make the experience even better by ordering custom team uniforms from Moneyball Sportswear. We can provide you with team gear that will make your team stand out, and can include your company name! Let our custom team uniforms help your company team today, and get started with a new company sports team.dreamstime_xxl_30841446

Health

If you are looking to promote healthy employees in your workplace, offering a team sport is an excellent option. Sports get people moving, and are part of a healthy lifestyle. Consider having team practices, and provide information for employees to train and condition on their own. Sometimes all someone needs is some healthy competition to incorporate more exercise into their life! A company team gives employees wanting to get back into the sports they love a chance to do it with their coworkers.

Improved Work Performance

The bonds and communication skills formed during company team sports can translate to the workplace as well. If employees are comfortable with their coworkers, and have tackled working together on the sports field, they will work together better in their workplace as well. Getting to know your coworker’s strengths and weaknesses on the field can help with job performance. Any activities that bring employees together in fun, positive ways reap only good things in the workplace.

Morale

Boosting employee morale is easily accomplished through company team sports. When you form a sports team, everyone is working together toward a goal that is achievable in one game-winning. In the workplace, employees are often disconnected and chasing after very different goals. Company team sports gives employees a common goal to focus on and can boost company morale. A company team also shows employees that their employer cares about them outside of the workplace and can make them feel more valued. Nothing will boost morale more than a great win against a fierce competitor!

Community

A company sports team is a great chance to get your company’s name out into the community. Getting custom team uniforms made through Moneyball Sportswear is the perfect chance to let everyone know what company your sports team is representing. This builds brand awareness, and gives employees a chance to connect with other players, teams, companies and community members. Let your community know that you are a company that cares about your employees and encourages positive, healthy team building!

blog-banner339990

Forming a company sports team can be great for many aspects of your business, from employee’s morale to brand awareness. If you have been wanting to find a great team building experience for your employees, a company sports team is a great idea! Order your custom team uniforms from Moneyball Sportswear today, and get started on a great season!

 

Read more

The History of Basketball April 5, 2017

MoneyBallfeature

 

Many of us can’t imagine our lives without the game of basketball being front and center. From playing to watching, basketball captures the attention of fans all over the world. The game as we know it has only been around for a little over a hundred years; read on to see how this great sport developed.

 

MoneyBallBody1While the game of basketball as we know it started in 1891, games involving balls and hoops date further back. The Mayan culture had a game that combined elements of basketball and soccer, where players attempted to get a ball through a round stone circle using any part of their body besides their hands. Of course, in this game the winner got to be sacrificed to the gods, basketball champions today just get to celebrate! The creation of basketball is credited to Canadian Dr. James Naismith who was a physical education instructor at the YMCA in Springfield Massachusetts. In 1891 he was looking for a sport to condition athletes during the cold winter months, and looking for a game that wouldn’t lead to as many injuries as football.

 

The first game of basketball utilized a soccer ball and peach baskets for hoops. The baskets were attached to the wall, and if anyone did score, the play would have to stop while the janitor brought out a ladder and retrieved the ball. The bottoms of the peach baskets were eventually removed. The first person recorded as scoring in a basketball game was William R. Chase, and that first game ended with a final score of 1-0 (how things have changed!).

 

Naismith fashioned those first teams with 9 players each, which was usual for baseball teams of the day. There were thirteen rules he established for this newly formed game, many of which he formed to avoid roughhousing and injury. One of these rules was that there was no running while holding the ball; this avoided the tackling and grabbing found in other sports. Of his 13 original rules there are 9 that are still used in some form in modern basketball.

 

Naismith’s involvement with the YMCA was instrumental in spreading this new game of basketball around the world. The troops fighting in World War I also took basketball where they were stationed, and interest in the game grew quickly. In 1894 Spalding made the first basketball that was specifically designed for the game; this original ball had laces, and would go through several modifications before becoming what is played with today.

 

MoneyBallBody2The first professional basketball leagues were formed in 1898 and featured six teams that competed for the championship. While these leagues grew and changed over the years, it was really American colleges that paved the way for the popularity of the sport. In 1897 the National Collegiate Athletic Association was formed, and the NCAA is still extremely popular today.

 

Basketball was also becoming popular in Europe, and in 1909 the first international basketball match was held between Saint Petersburg and an American YMCA team. In 1932 the International Basketball Federation was formed and they were instrumental in getting basketball into the Olympics in 1936; the US national team won the first Olympic title in the sport.

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed in 1945, and for about a decade had a rival in the American Basketball Association (ABA). The ABA had a different style of game that was more high energy and emphasized jumping and playing above the rim. The ABA also utilized the threepoint shot, and when the ABA folded into the more successful NBA in 1976, the NBA adopted this shot and some of the style of the ABA. The NBA is the most popular professional basketball league in the world, and has helped to popularize basketball throughout the world.

blog-banner339990

So from humble roots, basketball has grown to be a wildly popular game. Those early peach baskets have given way to metal rims and nets that witness amazing feats of athleticism and strength. Basketball legends like Michael Jordan, and modern day superstars like Steph Curry keep the game exciting and fresh, and the style of play is constantly evolving. If you have a basketball team in need of custom uniforms to match your excitement and love of the sport, Moneyball Sportswear has you covered! Contact us to get started on a custom basketball team uniform today!

 

Read more

Spring is the Time For Soccer March 21, 2017

banner998

Soccer has been on the rise in popularity in the United States with the US Women’s National Team winning the World Cup in 2015 and the US Men’s National Team’s Tim Howard making records as the goalkeeper. Until recently, there were few American players in the European football leagues. Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have been notable exceptions, but we are seeing up and coming players such as Rubio Rubin, Matt Miazga and Emerson Hyndman getting field time in Europe.The “Beautiful Game” is attracting more and more American youth, and spring is a great time to get your kids started with soccer.

dreamstime_xxl_11002436One reason soccer is such an appealing and accessible sport is the minimal equipment required to play. A quick pickup game of soccer only requires a ball and something to serve as the goals. Shoes are not even completely required for an impromptu game! Compared to other sports, such as football or hockey, this makes soccer an easy sport for your child to try out and see if they like. Although the equipment is minimal, there are a few key items you need when playing on an organized team. The following items are what is needed when starting your soccer career:

  • Soccer cleats. Cleats give the traction needed on grass to quickly change direction or turn. If you are playing indoors, soccer shoes will be flat.
  • Shin guards. Shin guards are very important for protecting the bottom part of the legs, where injury from the ball or other players presents risks. Choose from a variety of styles.
  • Soccer socks. A soccer sock goes up to the knee, and covers the shin guard.
  • Uniform. A great soccer uniform can unify your team and help you stand out. We have many templates to choose from to help you look like the professional soccer players you love. Our custom team uniforms will be the finishing touch for your team!
  • Water bottle. Don’t get out on the field to realize you forgot to bring water. A designated water bottle will keep you hydrated throughout the game.
  • Soccer ball. During practice you will want to have your own ball to practice with. Juggling, shooting, passing and dribbling are all great moves to practice to build your soccer skills!

blog-banner339990

As soccer gains more momentum in the United States, new clubs and teams are sure to be springing up all over. Exposing your child to soccer early can give them a lifelong love of the game, and keep them physically active. Many major sports stations are now airing soccer games from Europe and South America regularly, giving you a practically year-round opportunity to enjoy watching. Indoor soccer also gives the option of playing all year in climates that would normally restrict outdoor sports. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with roughly 265 million players (4 percent of the world’s population) involved! Soccer is played in the Fall and Spring seasons, so start now. Introduce your kids to the world of Messi and Ronaldo, get them some gear, and get them out on the pitch (that’s the soccer field for us Americans)!

Read more

Custom Uniforms for Your Crew October 27, 2016

dreamstime_xxl_7773253You don’t play the game for the money. Chances are, you barely get to play at all, with the responsibilities of adult life. It doesn’t matter what game you play, be it flag football, indoor soccer or basketball in the park, just as long as you play it. Those sacrifices you make to play always seem worth it, the late nights, the early mornings, all sacrifices for the game you love. At Moneyball Sportswear, we get you, we understand that, what this game does for you is almost magical. It brings you to another place, a place where the everyday grind becomes a distant memory and the only grinding you do is on the court.

 

The gear you wear could be old, faded and plain worn out. So why not do yourself and your squad a favor, get some custom uniforms from Moneyball Sportswear. We are the finest custom uniform company in the world and believe that no matter what game you play, you should represent. It works like this.

 

perf-hood-nYou and your crew decide that it is time to get some new uniforms, you know, to show everyone how committed you are. The tired uniforms available in stores are basically the same, no matter where you go. That is the advantage of Moneyball Sportswear. We have hundreds of customizable uniforms to choose from, making your team look like a bunch of professionals. Now you may not be a bunch of professionals but perception it a powerful thing and when you feel like rockstars the game is just that much better.

 

Our commitment to the love of the game is what drives us, just like that small chance of getting away from your responsibilities keeps you going. We pledge to provide you with the finest custom uniforms, motivational t-shirts and sportswear. Please give us a call and get your custom uniforms started for your team!

Get Started Here!

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 18, 2016

bca16-black-tee


Everyone of us has been touched by it in a certain way, whether through a friend of a friend or a close family member. The fact is, cancer can strike pretty much anyone and at any time. October is breast cancer awareness month, a month to celebrate the survivors and remember those who were taken too early by this horrible disease. At Moneyball Sportswear it is very important for us to bring awareness to breast cancer and the need for screening. We like to think of ourselves as much more than the finest custom team uniform company in the country, we are part of the sporting community.

Awareness

Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. That being said, breast cancer is not simply a disease that affects only women; although it is not as common, men are also at risk. The odds of being diagnosed breast cancer are relatively high and that means that most of us will be affected by cancer. The purpose of breast cancer awareness month is to get people thinking about getting screened and encouraging others to be screened. It is that and much more, it is a time of remembrance, for those who have lost the battle with cancer.

Community

bca-15-pink-hoodWhen you put it into perspective, the comradery of the sporting community is the ideal forum to raise awareness of breast cancer. As a whole, we can offer unrivaled visibility for something that is bigger than ourselves. This is the beauty of being part of a large community of people who care.    

Moneyball Sportswear is proud to offer limited edition, breast cancer awareness shirts and hoodies. Honor those who have passed and support those who are fighting the fight. Support breast cancer awareness month and make a difference in someone’s life.         

Order your 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts Here!

Get Your Gear Together October 13, 2016

lets-get-it-royalWe all know them, the guys (or gals) wo insist on carrying around an entire gallon of water with them at the gym. Most of the time it isn’t even a water jug, but an empty plastic milk container. The mystery with this sort of behavior is the basic question of “why”, why anyone would carry around a gallon of water.

Built Like The Pro’s

The benefits are undisputed when it comes to drinking your water and having a gallon at hand is clearly the best thing to do. The thing is, those people look unprepared. Like they were desperate for a water container and grabbed the closest thing at hand. Does it mean that, physically, they are not as powerful as the next guy? Of course not, but it is a question of perception. If you see a team take the court in a bunch of ragged, mismatched uniforms you may not take them seriously.  Of course they may totally stomp all over you on the court, but that doesn’t change the fact that they look like amateurs. That is why Moneyball Sportswear is here, to make you look good on the hardwood or in the gym. We offer custom team uniforms that not only look professional, they are built just like the pro’s.

Look Like The Pro You Are…

dreamstime_xxl_3196488Take it from us. If you look like you are put together you get more respect. You may be hanging on to the last shred of youth but your gear says, “come and get me sucker”. People notice when you take the time to look like a professional, and it is no difference when you are talking about the boardroom or the gridiron.        

Get It Here Now!

Team Pride September 27, 2016

EMU Quidditch

EMU Quidditch


It is that time of year again. The leaves are changing, that special feeling of fall is in the air. You know the one, the cool, crisp nostalgic feeling that comes with a special connection. That feeling of something starting. It is probably (for some of us) an ancient feeling that is reminiscent of school bells and early morning practices. It is the time of year when school starts and school pride is in full swing. What better way to exhibit your school pride than with custom sports apparel from Moneyball Sportswear. Moneyball Sportswear is designed to be the ultimate collaboration between quality and performance.

 

When you are looking for uniforms for your team, whether you coach or simply are a supporter, Moneyball Sportswear is the answer. We offer custom uniforms for almost any sport you can think of, Quidditch anyone? Seriously, the mythical sport for wizards that was created by an author is in our arsenal of exceptional uniforms.    

 

HEART LADIESLet’s say though, that you want to order custom uniforms for a “normal” sport like hockey. The forward might be missing a few teeth but missing the opportunity to represent your team is not acceptable. Choose from one of our professional quality templates and your uniforms will be custom made for your team, making you stand out from the… well, less talented teams out there. You and your team will surely feel like the pro’s, even if you are over 50 with not one good pair of knees on the whole squad.

 

Moneyball Sportswear believes in the power of the game, the pride it instills and the lives it saves. Take pride in you team, your school and yourself. Represent your pride with custom uniforms, t-shirts and gear that are sure to have your competitors take notice. As we like to say “Do It From The Heart or It Don’t Count”.

Get Started On Your New Custom Uniforms Here!

 

The Passion Outside June 15, 2016

The weather is warm and the court is calling. We all have that park that can be counted on for the big-deal pickup games. It is where the sharks and hustlers make their living and you are out to prove yourself. You have your crew and a dream of gaining the three-on-three respect. Daily you work for your money and nightly you work on your game. The lights go out at eleven and you stay until twelve. You have the desire to be the best and nothing else will be tolerated. It is just you against your faults and the only way to win is to work harder.

no off seasonGot the Drive?

You have it and everyone who sees you can tell. You will not quit, will not compromise, fight until you win. Rain, shine, snow, hell, even the four horsemen bearing out of the heavens would not be enough for you to abandon your dream of being the best. The pain and passion that keeps it going will never die, not even when you win; because when you win it is never enough. Win by more, get ahead quicker, and crush them harder.

We Got You

The drive to be the best at what you do, be it sports or making pizza, we get it, and at Moneyball Sports we got you. We have an incredible selection of custom sports apparel and custom uniforms. Please hit us up today and see how we can outfit your passion, because quitting is never an option.

Entering The Fields of Battle June 6, 2016

The most powerful way to enter an arena is it through the front door and by kicking it open. Gladiators did not timidly sashay into the colosseum and wave halfheartedly to the crowd. They were gods among men and rode in on elephants. Thats right, elephants, how awesome is that. You may think that you have nothing in common with these magnificent, legendary warriors but that is not entirely true.

The Arenadreamstime_l_1801473

Modern day gladiators like you need custom team uniforms for your foray onto the field of battle. You have the skates, the pads and sticks, it is time to step up your game and hit the ice in something other than an old replica Gretzky jersey. Make sure your team feels like the gladiators that they are; Viking raiders on fields of ice sent to pummel the opposition into retreat. Hockey sticks as swords, your five brothers-in-arms swarm the puck for no other reason than honor. Punches are thrown and blood is spilled. The spoils of victory are a cold drink in a noisy bar and the legend of your battle retold.

Modern Armor

The “field of battle” could be a frozen pond or an NHL arena. The thing that they all have in common are the love of the game, the passion for the sport and a respect for courage. Give your team the best quality hockey jerseys that you can buy. Check out our custom selection in our Hockey Uniforms page and from there get a quote for accurate pricing. Think Moneyball Sportswear for your custom uniforms for any sport.  

custom team uniform logo
Read more

Time to Pick a Mascot! November 19, 2015

The roster’s set. Your games start in a month. It’s time to get uniforms for the team. If you’re team is ready to customize their uniforms, you’ll have to decide on a mascot. Now, Moneyball Sportswear can help you, in fact we’ll make all the design decisions for you, if you’d like. But it’s fun to decide on a logo and a mascot as a team. Here are a few ideas to consider.

Go Humancustom team uniform logo

Teams often opt for a human character to represent them on the field. Think Trojans. Think the Fighting Irish. A team with an aggressive human mascot speaks to your fervor for sport. Go for a get-up that captures the spirit of your team. Some players like to go for a friendlier local feel over a hostile mascot. Think about the New England Patriots. There mascot is literally a patriot: creatively named Pat Patriot.

Go Animal

Animalian mascots are the most popular choice. With so many fierce animals in a dog eat dog world, it’s easy to see why animal mascots abound. Go for aggressive animals. Think lions, tigers, and bears. Or go creepy-crawly: Think snakes, spiders, and bats. Or go avian: Think eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. Or go for the sea: Think dolphins, stingrays, and sharks.

Go Crazy

Now, if you can’t settle on a human or an animal, it’s time to go crazy. Throw all the rules out the window and brainstorm on a mascot that’s sure to turn heads. For instance, natural disasters are always good: Tsunamis, lightning, thunder, volcanoes, earthquakes, and the like.

Or feel free to get even more creative and crazy with your mascot. Crazy mascots seem to be everywhere in the world of college sports. Check out this article entitled, “Most Ridiculous College Mascots and Nicknames of All Time.” In the list, you’ll find Mr. Okra – a mascot who is literally based off of a veggie. To keep the food theme going, you can attend Louisiana Lafayette. There, the mascot is Cayenne… that’s right, the spice. Or there’s Keggy the Keg. Keggy, as you may guess, looks like a beer keg. Now Brutus, the Ohio State Buckeye mascot, is loosely based on a buckeye nut. Or there’s the Stanford Tree from Stanford University. Attend a Xavier game, you’ll catch a glimpse of The Blue Blob. Then there’s Big Red of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Big Red is, well, kind of like The Blue Blob; Big Red is all red, with two lifeless eyes, and a mouth that can devour anything… even the occasional fan.

Decided?

Once you’ve figured out your mascot – which isn’t an easy task as you can see – it’s time to get your custom team uniforms built! We can help you design your team logo, or we can work with a design that you’ve come up with. Feel free to request a quote for your custom team uniform here. Or if you’re curious about our sports apparel and customizable uniforms, you can get in touch with a Moneyball Sportswear representative here.

Powered by Top Rated Local®