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It's the time of year to start thinking about that perfect holiday gift. You know if you stroll through the huge, warehouse discount store, anything you find will be forgotten a week later. But if you truly want to give your sports fan a gift they'll remember and treasure forever, stroll instead through Olde Master Originals.
They make all kinds of wood products, custom engraved for the most personal touch. They specialize in wood golf putters, but also make souvenir baseball bats, humidors, picture frames and much more. They can make any occasion, such as retirement or graduation, special.
Olde Master buys exotic lumber from wood brokers all around the country for their putters. We're not talking run of the mill (literally), but wood such as “Pink Ivory,” so rare and expensive it is sold by the ounce. The wood is then lathed, finished by hand, laser-engraved and covered with multiple coats of sports polyurethane to give it a lasting beauty and durability. They will fashion nearly anything you can imagine, and make it unique and unforgettable.
So you have a choice this holiday season. You can fight the crowds at the department store and pick up another sweater or power saw, or you can contact Olde Master and let the friendly craftsmen there create something you can't wait to give. There's a masterpiece just waiting to be born, with your name on it.
Source: Olde Master
Is there a rabid college sports fan or student on your holiday gift list? It would be hard to imagine coming up with something they'd like more than a pair of SOL REPUBLIC Collegiate Series Tracks. The company sent us a set of their new licensed college-themed headphones, and we couldn't have been more impressed.
Here's the technical stuff: The sound flows from what they call V8 Sound Engines, which deliver deep bass and clear highs. They're built from SOL REPUBLIC's proprietary new polymer called FlexTech, making Sound Track headbands virtually indestructible. You can twist, bend and even chuck them on the ground when your team misses the game-winning field goal. And just like that school you're pulling for, they'll bounce back ready for next week. SOL REPUBLIC's innovative 90-degree angle plug adds to their exceptional durability. For the ultimate in comfort, Tracks ear cushions are designed to be extra-wide and lightweight. This allows users to enjoy unprecedented luxury because the larger surface area reduces the pressure on the ear, adding to comfort and ensuring the perfect fit. SOL REPUBLIC¹s Sound Engines feature a unique tension mechanism that allows them to easily slide up and down the Sound Track headbands so they can be ideally positioned on anyone.
Here's the not-so-technical stuff: They sound fantastic. Have you ever flown first class? Its not much fun going back to coach after that. Well, one listen to these made our old headphones sound like holding two transistor radios to the ears. There's no way to enjoy music from those again after hearing the SOL's depth and clarity.
And, their style sets them apart. Any student would be thrilled and proud to stroll through campus donning a set of these. And what fan wouldn't enjoy all the envious looks in the stadium as he listened to the play-by-play while watching the game? Its hard to say if they look great and sound even better, or vise versa. But one thing's for certain: Even if your team is losing, your SOL REPUBLIC headphones will make you feel like a winner.
Source: SOL REPUBLIC
My kids are all big Yankee fans, which makes them Derek Jeter worshipers. My middle son, who plays in college, wanted to get a few of the neoprene protective items he's seen Jeter wearing and we tracked down the company that makes them: Benik. I say tracked down because when it comes to their athletic products, they're under the radar and it seems like they may want to stay that way.
Benik has a long history of developing quality medical and athletic neoprene products for adults and children. They are trusted and used by medical professionals and athletic trainers everywhere. In the course of working with trainers in professional sports, they've developed a line of athletic products designed to protect and support players at the highest level. Thus, if you look closely at Jeter's right wrist, you'll see he's always wearing a Navy blue protective wrap – sporting the Benik logo.
They sent us the very same wrist guard, along with an elbow sleeve and ankle guard to try out. My son said he likes that the wrist guard is light weight while providing firm wrist support. It comes with an adjustable strap to tighten or loosen the wrist guard, making it very comfortable and able to fit to any arm well.
If you have tendonitis, you never want to take the elbow sleeve off. It also comes with an adjustable strap to tighten it's grip and and reduce pain while preventing the sleeve from moving. This eliminates the need to constantly re-adjust like compression sleeves. And while it is thicker than most compression sleeves, which took some getting used to, it is still very lightweight and a much better solution for tendonitis reduction and prevention.
While they don't sell their products online at this time, they can be ordered by calling their 800# or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. What they're doing seems to be working. Benik's been going strong as a family business for thirty years and they continue growing. Someday you'll probably sprain or twist something and end up wearing one of their support products. Until then they're happy to be the best-kept secret in the world of sports.
If your youth sports organization still does walk-in registrations and paperwork (literally), a company called SportsSignup believes it is high time you consider making your lives easier and more efficient. SportsSignup is an online league registration and administration service that is easy, affordable, and fits any size organization and any sport. Folks in your league can now register, buy merchandise and pay within minutes all from a seamless transition from your website.
The Welcome page features your own branded header, program availability and any other information you'd like to display. It's simple and intuitive to use. SportsSignup gives you the ability you customize the registration process to suit your needs: You can slot players into age level categories, solicit volunteer help and capture any other information you'd like such as preferred jersey number or uniform size, etc.
Administrators can easily create and modify the various sports programs your organization offers as well as get comprehensive financial reports. Team management is a breeze as teams can be assigned manually or automatically, and rosters are able to be viewed, printed and emailed in multiple formats. You can even send targeted email blasts – to a group, a team or the entire organization. Maybe best of all, you can get a free test account, try it out, and in the highly unlikely event you're not completely satisfied – pay nothing.
So if you've dreamed of having an easier way to capture and manage registrant data, collect program fees, track finances and enhance communication, it might be time you signed up, for SportsSignup.
This year, when we do our end-of-year favorite products awards, here's one that almost surely will make the cut. Jersey Tags are among the most unique and exciting items to come across our desk in a long time, and we hope to see them catch on big.
The Jersey Tag is a small replica of a team jersey made into a jewelry item that can be worn as a necklace, used as a key ring, or made into a bag tag. It is two sided, sporting the team insignia and player's name and number. There are a ton of reasons these keepsakes should become popular.
When my boys were playing youth football, my wife would wear their big photo buttons to games to show support. This is the same concept, only better. Imagine a youth sports team getting a custom Jersey Tag necklace for each of the hard working moms who are driving to and picking up from games and practices. They can proudly display their player's name and number with this cool little item. What mom wouldn't love to have this as a gift?
In most sports, kids have bags they use to transport their gear. Not only will the Jersey Tags help players be able to identify which bags are theirs, but they'll enhance team chemistry and camaraderie. They can make a cool alternative to year-end trophy or great favor at a team banquet. Any proud dad would love Junior's jersey to be his new key chain. The options are nearly limitless.
The replicas of my son's high school jersey they sent to us are sure to end up in mom's Christmas stocking. I have to admit when I first heard about the idea, I had my doubts. But the quality, look and feel of the Jersey Tag won us over big. The question isn't so much whether these ideal souvenirs are going to catch on, but rather, whether or not they'll be able to keep up with the demand.
Source: Jersey Tags