3 Useful Tips for Picking a Winning Team Uniform Design

[caption id="attachment_1072" align="alignnone" width="2048"]Usain Bolt at the London Olympics Image source: Al.com[/caption] Have you ever seen one of those underdog sports movies? You know the ones -- a ragtag group of friends try to take down a neighboring rival team that has muscle-bound players and a shrewd, ruthless head coach. Wackiness and inspirational drama ensues.   http://youtu.be/ZyVF1glhAfk   There's always a scene in these types of movies where the coach opens up a box with new awesome-looking team uniforms. The coach gives a speech, the team rallies, and they go on to win the game! Hurray! Yeah, I know it's all a bit cheesy, but it really is exciting to get a new jersey. Every sports team -- from a kids' minor league team to a professional MLB team -- needs to have stylish team uniform. There are a wide variety of custom embroidery options for sports uniforms, so you can use these tips to pick the perfect team outfit.  


When it comes to selecting a color, there are two rules that you should remember. First, you always want to use color combinations that stand out against each other. Don't create an orange-on-red or a blue-on-purple uniform because it will be too difficult to visually separate the colors. I highly recommend using complimentary colors -- that is, two colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Complimentary colors are very aesthetically pleasing and it is very easy for the eye to tell those two colors apart.   You can use this NFL jersey color chart as a reference. As you can see, most team colors have a strong visual contrast. [caption id="attachment_1004" align="alignnone" width="500"]NFL Team Color Infographic Image source: Pinterest.com[/caption] The second thing that you want to keep in mind is that your team uniform does not exist in a vacuum. Before you place an order on black and silver uniforms, you might want to check out the uniforms of opposing teams to make sure that there isn't too much overlap. You don't want to be in a league where three or four teams all have identical color schemes.  

Alternate Uniforms

Unfortunately, mother nature doesn't seem to care that much about sports. She will throw thunder storms, blizzards, fog, and all kinds of natural mayhem at your players. You might want to invest in alternative uniforms just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Sports pants and long-sleeve athletic undershirts can keep your players comfortably warm during those frigid games. Just be sure to select undershirts that match your team's color scheme.   [caption id="attachment_1005" align="alignnone" width="3264"]NFL Team Uniforms Image source: Nflfilms.nfl.com[/caption] You might also want to order a whole set of secondary uniforms. Teams usually whip out alternate uniforms when they play against opponents with similar jerseys. The easiest strategy is to just reverse the colors. If your primary uniform is white-on-black, then your secondary uniform should probably be black-on-white.  

Jerseys for Non-Players

  Keep in mind that your jerseys can become a commodity. Depending on how popular your team is, fans might want to buy jerseys to support your team. Designing team hats or t-shirts might be a worthwhile investment in the long run.   And don't forget your coach! It would look silly to have your coach stand around in blue jeans and a t-shirt. Design an appropriate uniform for coaches and other behind-the-scenes members of your team.  
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