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Best Sports Team Gear from Custom Apparel to Senior Night Gifts

published: February 17, 2022
sports team apparel and event gift ideas

What is a team without team spirit? Team spirit is a bit of magic that happens when athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, and students add their individual efforts, faith and excitement to a project that is greater than the sum of its parts. Custom sports items bearing the team logo are a central ingredient in the team spirit recipe. Custom sports gear creates a professional and unified look on the field, the rink or on the court while it bolsters the confidence of athletes in themselves and in their teammates—confidence that translates into goals, runs and 3 pointers. Custom sports items can also be used for fundraising, thanking coaches, and keeping parents and fans comfortable and happy in the stands. Get inspired with our best ideas for supporting the team from the first practices all the way to the awards banquet.

Team Apparel & Uniforms

custom sport team apparel

Team apparel goes beyond just physical identification; it creates a sense of belonging. Every team member from star players to coaches to benchwarmers plays an important role in the team’s success. Wearing a team uniform sends a positive message that everyone is equal, which is crucial when the aim is to win collectively. A team member’s uniform indicates loyalty and improves the team’s bond and dedication, so outfit them head to toe with custom sports jackets, hats, headbands, t-shirts, and even socks!

Real teamwork doesn’t stop with the athletes. Parents, students, alumni, and fans in the community need to participate. Team logo fan apparel like custom sports hoodies, warm stadium apparel and custom printed tailgate apparel lets everyone get in on the fun.

Here are some amazing custom sports apparel options that are sure to enhance team spirit:

Custom Sports Team Gear

custom team duffel

Now that the team is well dressed and looking sharp, it’s time to outfit them with sports gear and supplies. Help players pack for away games and stay organized with custom sports bags in the team colors. Choose from simple drawstring backpacks, heavy duty custom sports backpacks, or roomy duffle bags that can handle all the needed equipment.

Keep your players hydrated with custom sports water bottles bearing the team logo. You can even add the team or school logo to basketballs, soccer balls and footballs, so the athletes know which balls to pack up and take home after the game.

Personalized items make team members look professional, trendy, and stylish. That kind of pride and confidence instills an energetic vibe that even opposing teams pick up on, while it creates a formidable performance. Custom team gear can even be individually personalized with each athlete’s name, so their items don’t get mixed up. Encourage team spirit with these uber-handy items:

Custom Sports Bags & School Logo Backpacks

Custom Sports Water Bottles

Personalized Full-Size Sports Balls

Custom Printed Sports Magnets

Let’s take a moment to cheer for the parents of student athletes. Keeping equipment and apparel straight, and providing rides, support, and snacks for multiple children in multiple sports is quite a challenge! Help them keep everything straight and organized with custom printed sports schedule magnets. Nothing is more convenient than a full season of dates, locations and opposing teams right on the fridge where it can’t get lost. Schedule magnets can be customized with team logos, or even photos of your team in the background.

Car magnets turn regular cars into spirit-mobiles! Create your own design, or add your team logo to stock designs for volleyball, tennis, baseball, basketball, or soccer. Pop out magnets in sports theme shapes like hats, sports balls, jerseys and pucks are just plain fun, and make great items for fundraisers, pep rallies or game giveaways. Add your team logo and mascot to themed magnet sets for football, baseball, basketball, or hockey. Magnet picture frames in the team’s colors are perfect inexpensive and easy to mail gifts for athletes and fans alike. Send one out with a team photo to keep the memories going when the season is complete.

Custom Tailgate & Stadium Gear

custom stadium gear and tailgate essentials

Tailgating is a lot more fun when you are fully prepared for it. Whether it’s a day out with the family, a trip to the stadium with friends, or a pre-game hang in the parking lots, prep for game season in style with custom tailgate gear and tailgate giveaway ideas like bottle openers for the cold ones, portable BBQ grills, reusable party cups, stadium cushions and folding lounge chairs. Pack it all up in handy clear totes that are sports arena approved. Bean bag toss games make fun tailgate gifts, but perhaps the greatest piece of custom tailgate gear is the Koozie® Tailgate Rolling Kooler. Even the word “schlepping” sounds arduous, but this ingenious item holds everything you need from water bottles to snacks and makes it all a breeze to carry. Use this cooler as a fundraising raffle prize and you’ll have a big take and some very happy winners. Check out some of our most popular custom fan gear:

School Spirit Sports Swag, Rally Gear & Fan Giveaways

spirit tattoos and sport team towels

Keep the excitement rolling all season long with team logo sports giveaways for pep rallies and sports related promotional items for game day stadium giveaways. Help fans express their love and support with festive fan gifts and giveaway ideas like sport rally towels, face paint brushes, team logo temporary tattoos and pennants. Once the marching band has stopped playing, keep the noise going with cheers and clever promotional items like Promo Stix noisemakers. Spirit Shakers in your team’s colors make striking college sports giveaways because they create an incredible effect when fans use them all at once that even looks good on camera. Plus, you can’t forget the classic #1 finger! Here are a few fun and inexpensive sports themed promotional products:

Fundraising Ideas for Sports Teams & Booster Clubs

custom apparel and team swag for booster clubs

It’s not hard to find successful sports fundraising ideas when you have a true win-win-win idea. One of our most popular sports booster club ideas centers around custom printed plastic wallet cards and key tags. These cards are sold by the team for a set amount ($15 as an example) and are accepted by local businesses like restaurants and stores for discounts, coupons, free bonus items and special offers. The team wins with the purchase of the cards, the buyer wins by saving money all over town, and local businesses win with new customers, more loyal customers and irreplaceable PR that shows that they are a vital part of the community. Custom fundraising cards are also available with 2 key tags in addition to the single tag option shown.

When it comes to fundraising ideas for youth sports teams, selling high quality team logo merchandise to proud and supportive parents and relatives is a no brainer. Let’s face it, sometimes the fields that younger kids play on are a little bit on the rustic side. Give parents an excuse to treat themselves with high quality name brand outdoor items that make long games more enjoyable. Focus on spectator comfort with the Polar Fleece Blanket or the Backpack Kooler Chair that packs cold beverages and seating into an easy to carry backpack. Once you’ve upgraded to nicer University stadiums, keep the crowd both warm and proud with great fundraising ideas for college sports teams like the knit pom pom beanies in your school colors, insulated tumblers, or high-quality team logo sweatshirts.

Outdoor Signage, Tents and Photo Ops for Game Day

outdoor event tents and signage for sports games

Celebrate the home team while letting everyone know where to go on game day with splashy full color outdoor signage. Sell advertising space at the rink, the court, or at the stadium with striking 4 color banners. Give everyone from ticket sellers to concessions a place to get out of the sun and rain with a team logo themed tent/canopy. Finally, encourage memories to make the excitement last when you add your team designs to a fun selfie frame for photo opportunities.

Supplies for Breast Cancer Awareness & Ideas for Pink Out Games

In addition to bringing communities together and teaching athletes the value of hard work and teamwork, sports games can bring awareness to important causes. Keep the positive vibes rolling by planning special Pink Out games for breast cancer awareness, particular during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer awareness sports socks, fun retro scrunchies, t-shirts and cause bracelets all in the event’s signature pink ribbon theme make perfect attire for players and giveaways for fans.

Senior Night Gifts

custom sweatshirt blanket for senior gift

Senior night is a ceremony held to honor the outgoing high school and college student athletes and their families. Typically held on the last home game of the season, it's a time to appreciate the outgoing seniors for their time, participation, and contribution to the school team’s success. Personalized sport gifts like team logo photo frames (with a group picture of the team of course!), insulated tumblers and school logo keychains send seniors off to their futures with great memories. The ultimate college or high school senior sports gifts, though, are signature sweatshirt blankets. We don’t have to tell you how cozy throw blankets made of sweatshirt material are, do we? Add the team logo or mascot and you have a great gift. Choose the “signature” option, where athletes autographs can be reproduced onto the blanket, making for a memorable gift.

Even if there are only a few seniors on the team in a given year, Crestline has plenty of low minimum quantity custom senior night gifts available for small orders. Here are some of our favorite senior night gift ideas:

Sports Awards & Sports Banquet Items

It’s been a grueling season, with lots of heart, effort, friendships, and plenty of ups and downs. Now it’s time to recognize and applaud! Reward and celebrate the skill and sportsmanship of your team and MVPs with sports banquet awards like commemorative pins, certificates, plaques, medals and trophies.

Get inspired with these ideas for awards to give at sports banquets:

Gifts for Coaches

custom travel mug for coach gift

Coaches take care of the team all year, often on a volunteer basis. They teach the rules of the game, the skill of strategy, sportsmanship, personal responsibility, and teamwork, all while helping athletes find strength within themselves. Take care of these priceless mentors and leaders when the season is over with customized appreciation gifts that serve as mementos of the season.