Want to hear about the biggest win-win-win we've ever found for you at SPR. It's the Upstart Sports Bleacher Seat program. This is a way for high schools and colleges to raise money while honoring current and former players and improving the quality and comfort of their facilities at the same time.
All a school has to do is send out an email, provided by Upstart Sports, to all current players and alumni as far back as they'd like, asking if the player (or player's parents) would like to purchase a beautiful stadium seat for the school's bleachers. The seats are made of a comfortable polypropylene material that will install on any surface easily. They are especially perfect as an upgrade to the typical aluminum bleachers you see at most high school and small college fields.
On each seat will be embossed the current or former player's name, years they played, and uniform number. A super cool tribute and way to honor a legacy for years to come. The best news of all? Through Upstart Sports' online platform this can all be done without anyone at the school having to collect money and keep track of sales. Orders come in and the seats go out, they come in school colors, are installed in a matter of minutes and turn an ordinary facility into a real stadium. Fans love the comfort they bring to the game-watching experience. Schools actually raise money as they profit from each seat sold, meaning the stadium upgrade is not only free...its a fundraiser. And opposing teams immediately know they're playing at a place where they take their athletics seriously, lending a terrific home field advantage.
We can't figure out why any school wouldn't take advantage of this opportunity, it's such a no-brainer. In fact, with as many benefits Upstart Sports Bleacher Seat program brings, its a win-win-win-win-win.
Source: Upstart Sports
If you read through our nine years of reviews you'll find two common themes that we embrace. First, we love training aids. Specifically, we love training aids that can be used solo. We love the idea of youth players in the garage, on the street, at the park or in the backyard working on their game on their own time with no coaches or parents present.
The second thing we love is when we find that magical mix of great quality but tremendous value. Usually this has been a case of an up-and-coming company that either doesn't know how good their product is or is willingly under-charging so as to try to gain market share. In either, since we're kind of tightwads here, top-of-the-line products at a bargain price make us very happy.
Well, we're very happy about this product and since you can see that it is not a training aid, you can guess which category it fits into. The new Upstart Sports Batting Gloves are a fantastic glove that players from Little League to the Pros will love, at a price that parents tired of overpaying for their kids baseball and softball gear will appreciate.
They sent us a few pairs to try out. One of my sons who plays in college got them in the mail the other day and described them as "sweet!" He was going to head down to the field the minute he put them on to go and take batting practice. I wonder if he drove with them on. And if you need more convincing, let me explain this kid: He asked for a photo of them first before he'd let me ship them because the way they look is very important to him. And if something doesn't feel just right, he won't wear it because his career is too important to him. So for him to give them a rousing endorsement means there's a better than 99% chance your player will (g)love them too. And the price? Just go to the site and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
Upstart Sports plans to release more branded items soon. We can't wait to bring them to you. In the meantime, get their first offering before they wise up and realize they could sell them for twice the price.
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It looks like an ice-scraper, but the people using this are not anywhere near weather that could glaze windsheilds. No, this is the surfboard Power Scraper from the folks at Tools Surf Products, (TLS).
The Power Scraper is the most durable wax scraper available. With a padded ergonomic handle, which ensures maximum grip, you won't be frustrated while that set comes in...you'll be scraping wax like a demon. The bevelled, three-dimensional blade edges enable smooth, fast removal and quick entry into the water.
Maybe more interesting is the origin of TLS as a company. TLS creator, Satoshi Sekino, of Sekino Racing Sports, a former pro surfer himself and respected entrepreneur. He is also renowned for building a crazy wave pool in Japan. Satoshi oversees all product development and design with his team riders which has resulted in premium quality. functional surf hardware.
There are lots more products to check out at TLS. But don't spend too much time online or getting rid of that dirty wax -- surf's up!
This is our second review of products from Dux Sports and our mantra is the same. If you want great quality, great prices, great selection and overall terrific value, they're tough to beat.
They sent us one of these red, white and blue camo sleeves. I have a college ball playing son who is very into his sleeves. And he's patriotic. This was perfect for him. Each Sunday their team did a "military appreciation" day and wore their camoflague jersies. Even though the jersies were green camo, he claimed his sleeve didn't clash. When I chided him about it he said with mock-seriousness, "Don't tell me what looks good." Safe to say he loved his sleeve.
And besides just good looks, the sleeves are great in cold weather but also contain odor-fighting properties, wick away moisture, are extremely resistent to tearing and can keep skin cool in hot weather. After an entire season of diving back into bases, laying out for ground balls and machine washing, it still looks like it just came out of the package. And did we mention that as of this writing they're under $10.00? You might want to hurry and order yours now before everyone catches on and they realize what a bargain they're giving everyone.
Source: Dux Sports
This week's product is not a physical good. It is not an online service. But it is top-of-the-line. And, though we think it is priceless, it comes free to anyone with cable television. It is the NHL. Specifically the NHL playoffs, of which we're in the midst.
What makes the NHL playoffs so special? First of all, winning it all in the National Hockey League is easily the most difficult accomplishment in the sports world. The grueling toll that series after series takes on the mind and body is why it is not only rare for teams to repeat, it is not uncommon for a team that wins one year to not even make the playoffs the next.
And these players are tough. Don't think fights. They rarely do that in the post season because no one wants to hurt his team by giving up a power play. But you'll see checks into the board that would lead football players to call for smelling salts. Butts of sticks to the mouth are simply a play-on. Defenders will gladly sacrifice their rib cages as they lay out fully extended to try and stop a puck at 100 plus miles an hour.
But what makes it truly magical is the play. Who can resist the way momentum swings from minute to minute, side to side like a crazy over-oiled pendulum rocking out of control. Shot on goal, blocked with a fantastic save and now the puck is headed the other way where seconds later the shot hits the post only to ricochet out to start another fast break the other way.
Oh, and there's Doc Emrick, easily the best announcer in any sport.
If you're not a hockey fan, we understand. If you don't have a team to root for because you don't follow the NHL, we get it. But we challenge you to tune in...there's still a ways to go this season...and watch a few periods. Watch a Game 6, or a Game 7. Check out overtime. We're guessing if you give it a chance you'll be hooked. "He shoots! He scores!"