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How to Customize Basketball Uniforms With the Right Material
With basketball season in full swing and March Madness making your basketball players even more excited to get on the court, it may be time for your team to update their uniforms. It’s the perfect time to customize your jerseys to emulate your favorite professional team’s.
For men’s or women’s teams, deciding on a new jersey can be a difficult decision for coaches who want their players to perform their best. Choosing a specific material for your jerseys can make all the difference. In the early days of basketball, fabric was less advanced and players dunked basketballs in any clothes they had, which usually were made out of heavy, thick material. Now, with so many better options available, it’s important to pay attention to what your basketball uniform material offers your players.
Mesh vs. Polyester
Mesh is loosely woven fabric that is filled with tiny holes that permit air to flow freely in and out. The loosely knitted uniforms would provide your team members with the cool air they need to keep their temperature down during an intense game. Another fact about mesh that you should consider is the price. Because it is so finely made, mesh can be expensive. Most uniforms for professional teams are made out of mesh, but for teams that don’t have several sponsors and thousands of adoring fans paying for game tickets, the better choice might be polyester. Polyester is a great replacement for the overly pricey mesh material. It’s breathable, affordable and sometimes offered with “wick” features that are sweat-resistant.
After decades of trial and error, designers have found knit fabric to be the best material for basketball jerseys. I know what you’re thinking. When you hear the word “knit”, you think of scarves and thick sweaters. It sounds like you would want to avoid methods used for winter wear when designing a basketball jersey. With sweaters, designers layer the knit fabric. The knit method actually allows air to flow freely through the fabric, and with a sweater, the many layers let air enter the first layer that becomes trapped in the rest of the layers, therefore warming you up. When basketball jerseys are made of knit material, they use a single layer so that the warm air flows out and cool air flows in.
Make sure that your team is performing their best by providing uniforms that give players the breathability and flexibility they need. The perfect basketball jersey can make your players feel like pros and encourage them to work their hardest for the win!
Since the sport was founded in 1892 by James Naismith at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, basketball uniforms have changed more than any other sport in history. In fact, a review of the history of basketball uniforms shows that players have worn everything from trousers to turtlenecks to the satin shorts that are familiar today.
Although players began landing a ball in an upside-down peach basket in 1891, official rules for the sport were not devised until 1892. For the first eight years the sport was played, baggy trousers and wool undershirts were what the players commonly wore, mostly because that was their attire each day. In the early 1920s, as the game grew more popular on college campuses, league officials decided to coordinate what players wore to avoid the ball being passed to a player of the opposing team.
Coordinated Uniforms: 1920-1940
The history of basketball uniforms shows more coordination among players between 1920 and 1940 as they began wearing mid-length shorts and jerseys made of wool. The shirts were fastened like a current-day body suit to keep them from becoming untucked. Spalding created some of the first padded shorts worn by basketball players during this era. Women and children were required to wear kneepads during basketball games.
Synthetic Fabrics: 1940-1960
With the advent of synthetic materials, the history of basketball uniforms took another turn as the hot, difficult-to-launder wool uniforms were replaced by thinner polyester and nylon versions. The pants grew shorter, becoming brief-style by the mid 1960s, while the shirts became track-style jerseys. During the 1950s, players wore belts with their satin shorts. The belts were eliminated in the 1960s, and elastic waistbands added.
Form Fitting: 1960-1988
As the freestyle era of the 1960s began, basketball uniforms took on another look, becoming tighter and more form fitting. Players wore longer, striped tube socks during games, and headbands became common in order to keep longer hairstyles out of the eyes of players. MacGregor Sand-Knit became the official NBA outfitter in 1982, providing a cotton/polyester blend uniform that was more comfortable. It was during this era that jerseys grew more colorful as well. By the mid 1970s, satin shorts were replaced by pinhole mesh material and jerseys became looser to allow for better player movement.
Michael Jordan Request: 1988-Present
In 1987, Michael Jordan requested that the sports manufacturer Champion, who made all NBA uniforms at the time, make his shorts in a longer version. He wanted something to hold onto when he bent over on the court, out of breath from playing. The following year, Champion created the uniform version that is used today. Adidas became the official NBA uniform provider in the mid 2000s, and in 2013, the Warriors became the first NBA team to wear jerseys with sleeves.
We traveled out to Osceola High School recently to surprise the team with their 2010-2011 uniforms a week early! The uniforms came out even better than we could have anticipated and the results showed on the players’ faces. Every team member rushed to his locker to try on what were surely the most elite uniforms they have ever suited up in.
The boys have already kicked off their season with the Winter Park Invitational Tournament which we were able to attend and cheer them on (videos coming soon!).
Most exciting of all will be when the boys play their first game in their brand new state of the art gym on campus, which is sure to be some spectacle!
You can watch David unveil the uniforms to the team below and stay tuned for videos from the grand kick off of the new Osceola Arena next week!
We recently went out to visit Coach Jones at Dr. Phillips High School to ask him to give us a hand in designing his girls uniform for the 2010 -2011 season. Both Coach Jones and one of his rising stars Taryn used the draftboard to perfection, incorporating all of its customization options as well as bringing their creative side into the mix. The end result has turned out to be one of our best looking designs ever!
Stay tuned to see the girls unveil their new uniforms before they kick off their season on Tuesday November 16th!!!
The Trinity Christian Academy Eagles are stepping up to the mound to defend their State Championship Title this upcoming 2011. Under the guidance of Coach Brian Soukup the boys slugged their way through the competition and posted their best season to date capturing the 2010 State Championship!
This year we are dressing the state champs in the best uniforms Central Florida has to offer and will follow them along their on their quest to retain their title.
We are proud to welcome Coach Soukup and the boys into our family and would like to invite you to check the video below with a sneak peak at their contract signing, taking the first step towards dressing and playing like champions this season.
We have searched for the most deserving softball team in Central Florida to represent the Allen name for this upcoming season and have selected the girls of Pine Castle to welcome into our family. The Pine Castle Christian Academy Softball Girls will be looking to repeat as state champions this 2011 season, although this time they’ll be outfitted with the highest performing uniforms in the area.
As the end of last season approached, the girls were unsure if they would ever be able to play together as a team due to speculations that Pine Crest would be closing. After finding a new location to call home, Pine Castle Christian Academy is set to continue their Softball Dynasty, where they will look to retain their three State Championships under Coach Mark Richhart.
We will be there every step of the way as the Eagles progress through their season and look forward to witnessing the makings of another championship squad. We invite you to check out the video below to gain a sneak peak at their contract signing.
We searched far and wide for the next super star school to help build our stellar line up and were ecstatic to acquire the Osceola Men’s Basketball Team! Under the expert coaching of Steve Mason and his staff, the 2009-2010 Mens team conquered their district and qualified for regional finals, a feat that any school would be proud of.
We welcome the Kowboys into our family this season and support them along their journey as they seek to retain another district championship and they strive to reach a whole new level of excellence.
Take a peek at our contract signing video below and get a taste of what the Kowboys have to bring to the table this season. Join us as we follow the Kowboys as they Dress and play like Champions this upcoming season.
This year we have done our research and have chosen Dr. Phillips Girl’s Basketball with our number one draft pick this year! Under the guidance of Metro West Coach of the Year Anthony Jones, the girls slam dunked their way through the competition boasting an undefeated season.
The girl’s elite play took them all the way to the State Semi Finals, and after falling just short, we saw the look in these Panthers’ eyes and know they have a fire in their belly when it comes to putting their name on the Title this season. The girls have a step up on their rivals this year as they will be outfitted with the highest quality uniforms on the market today.
We are proud to welcome Dr. Phillips into our family and invite you to join our team and follow the girls this upcoming season. Check out our video below which offers a sneak peak at our contract signing, as the girls take their first step towards Dressing and Playing like Champions.
Here is our Captain Todd Marinshaw and our Top Team Player David Gourley introducing our brand new Dress the Champions Campaign!
Stay tuned these upcoming weeks as we reveal what Championship Caliber Programs we have chosen to endorse this season!
Over the last year, we at Allen Sportswear have been following the trials and triumphs of several high school teams in Central Florida. After some intense deliberations we have chosen a select few whose performance has been impressive to say the least, and whose dedication to excellence is deserving of a Grade A sponsorship and uniform overhaul! Their work ethic and consistency has been inspirational to us all and we are proud to be supporting them 100%.
Times are tough, as we all know, and as a small business with a dedicated staff we put in double time to make this opportunity possible for these great schools. Our chosen teams have worked hard year in year out and as our way of honoring them we are welcoming them officially into the Allen Sportswear family.
Stay tuned to see which Central Florida Powerhouses will be Dressing like Champions this season!