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Welcome to Behind the Line, the official blog of all things Prep Sportswear!  It is our goal to use this space to give you more information on new products, new designs, how the site works, how we custom make your apparel just for you, what it’s like here at Prep Sportswear and much, much more! The possibilities are endless so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you’ll never miss a post.

High School Football Season Starting with a Bang!

The 2014 high school football season is starting off this year with two big interstate games involving four ranked teams loaded with Division 1 talent. Interstate high school football games are usually reserved for the top teams in the nation and this year is no exception. The season will kick off down south at a true high school football Mecca; Hoover, Alabama.

No. 15 Central (Miami) at No. 3 Hoover (Ala.), Aug. 23

The Hoover Buccaneers are coming off their second straight state championship under Coach Josh Niblett. Coach Niblett has taken the Alabama football powerhouse to a whole other level these last two years by going 30-0. This year’s team will be led by All-State running back Bradrick Shaw and linebacker Christian Bell. Facing off against the Bucs is No. 15 Central High School out of Miami. Central is also coming off back to back state championships and is looking to start the year with a big non-conference win. The most explosive player to watch on August 23rd is wide receiver Da’vante Phillips. The Rockets will need him to have a huge game against a Hoover defense that returns 5 division one recruits. Can Central break Hoover’s two year winning streak?

No. 16 Bellevue (WA) at No. 19 Serra (Gardena, Calif.), Sept. 6

The Bellevue Wolverines are entering the 2014 Honor Bowl in Oceanside, California against Serra High School with a 54 game winning streak. Coach Butch Goncharoff hasn’t lost since September 11, 2010 which ranks as the 3rd longest streak in the Nation. The Wolverines have put together this run behind the almost unstoppable Wing-T Offense that has won Bellevue state championships 11 of the last 14 seasons. Opposing Bellevue is maybe the best defense in the nation. Serra high school boosts two five star recruits on the defensive side, defensive tackle Rasheem Green and linebacker John Houston. These two potential All-Americans will have a tough test against a Bellevue squad who over the years has taken down some of the nation’s top teams. The winner of this game will be one step closer to being called the West Coast’s top team!

A Homecoming fit for a King

The sports world received the news it was waiting for Friday when Lebron James announced he was leaving Miami to return home to Northeast Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron is an Akron native who had a lifelong dream fulfilled in 2004 when he was drafted number one overall by his hometown Cavaliers. After building a legacy in Cleveland for seven years and continually coming short of winning a championship, a frustrated Lebron took his talents to South Beach where he could team up with All-Stars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. The Decision to take his talents to South Beach was a major blow to the struggling Midwest City, not just emotionally but financially. King James who is arguably America’s most polarizing and marketable athlete meant the world to Cleveland natives, from the kids who idolized him to the blue collar sports fans that paid their hard earned money to see him perform.  When Lebron shocked Cleveland and left for greener pastures it wasn’t just a blow to a proud city’s ego, but it affected the livelihood of many downtown business owners in an already declining city.

After leaving Cleveland, King James elevated his game to a whole other level and was able to reach four straight Finals while winning two championships. In Miami, success came relatively easy with an all-star cast of teammates around him and a Hall of Fame general manager in Pat Riley. Even with all the winning in South Beach it wasn’t quite the same as the scene in Cleveland during their glory days. The Heat fan base didn’t have the same connection with the team as it did in Cleveland. Heat fans are notorious for leaving important games early in order to grab a table at one of the local night clubs. Even with all the Heat’s success during Lebron’s tenure in Miami, he still opted out of his contract after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 Finals. The story took an even crazier turn when he turned down the glitz and glam of Miami to return home to the city he hurt so badly just four years earlier.

This story is much bigger than the sport of Basketball; this is a story of how a city helped raise a man who wants more than anything to give back. In America sports have the unique ability to bring together a community in ways few other activities can. This is especially the case in a sports crazed city like Cleveland, where fans have waited decades for a championship trophy. Lebron James had to check his ego when he decided to return home to Cleveland. The Cavs fan base and management openly cursed him and even burned his jerseys after his decision in 2010. However, with time comes forgiveness by both sides and now a super star is looking to rejuvenate the city that he owes all his successes to. Lebron said it best in his announcement to come back to Cleveland, “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart.”

Introducing: Tonal Hats

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Prep Sportswear is excited to introduce our NEW tonal design collection that caters to fans who want to display their pride in a subtle way. Now you can add tone-on-tone designs to hats for men and women.*

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Our new tonal design collection involves matching the design color with the hat color to let the embroidered design exist in a subtle subtext. Tonal embroidery adds a subtle sophistication when it’s added to fan gear. Minimizing the amount or intensity of the colors used in the design can be very effective for creating a high-end, stylish look. By developing a completely new tonal design collection that is more subtle on the products, our new tone-on-tone hats create awareness of a fan’s affiliation without the shouting presence of a loud design.

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*Tonal designs are only available in select stores.

New Hats and Visors!

Summer is heating up and what better way to stay cool than a customized hat sporting your team pride. Our new hats and visors are this summer’s perfect accessory. Stand out from the crowd in a fitted cap, adjustable hat or custom made visor. All of our new hats and caps are crafted with high-quality fabrics to last you long after the summer is over. Customize any of our new hats below with your favorite team, school, design, color and activity.

Embroidered Pro Model Fitted Cap

Embroidered Pro Model Fitted Cap

A casual hat that shades your eyes while displaying your pride, this embroidered cap tops off your everyday wardrobe with subtle style. It’s made of high-quality wool with a comfortable cotton sweatband that will keep you cool and dry. Customize this hat with your favorite design for a one-of-a-kind look.

Nike Golf Dri-Fit Swoosh Visor

Nike Golf Dri-Fit Swoosh Visor

This customizable Nike Golf visor is your go-to for a sunny weekend or long day on the links. This high-performance, three-panel Nike visor is built with Dri-FIT moisture management technology to keep you cool as the temperature increases. Contrast stitching adds a subtle design, while the hook and loop closure ensures a custom fit. Choose your favorite color and design for a unique look.

3D Puffy Embroidered Diamond Series Fitted Cap

3D Puffy Embroidered Diamond Series Fitted Cap

Sport a cool custom pro look for yourself or the whole team with this embroidered fitted cap. This fitted cap is made from innovative poly-wool performance fabric with a black underbill to keep the glare off your eyes. The fiber-tech visor board is flat as can be, allowing you to bend it to create a look that’s unique to you. All this fitted cap needs is your favorite design to make it one-of-a-kind!

Embroidered Woven Cotton Visor

Embroidered Woven Cotton Visor

This adjustable visor is a great way to show yourpride on sunny days in the garden, on the links, or in the stands. Made of Coolport mesh for cooling ventilation, it has a sleek low-profile and a pre-curved bill, plus a comfortable cotton sweatband and a Velcro closure at the back.

Flat Bill Snapback Cap

Flat Bill Snapback Cap

Get a modern, flat-bill style plus the convenience of an adjustable snapback closure in this adjustable cap. It’s made from cool and comfortable cotton, with a structured high-profile look. This customizable cap features a 7-position snap closure so you can find the right fit. With breathable cotton and sturdy construction, this snapback cap will top off your pride in a classic and comfortable way. Pick your favorite color and customize this snapback hat with an exclusive embroidered design to make it unique to you.

July 2014 Marathon Events

Here’s a look at some of the most popular 2014 Marathons coming up in July. At Prep Sportswear you can customize marathon apparel and race clothing that’s specific to your event. If you’re running or watching any of the 2014 marathons below, make sure to get your custom race gear in time!

Mad Marathon 7/6/14 Waitsfield, VT

Mad Marathon Apparel

The fourth annual Mad Marathon and half-marathon are scheduled for July 6, 2014 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. Participants run through an extraordinary rural community on back and dirt roads, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, challenging rolling farmlands with tough climbs and descents, quaint villages, historic barns, covered bridges and fields of famous Vermont cows. The marathon course is certified and sanctioned by the US Track & Field and is also a a Boston Marathon qualifier. Customize a variety of race apparel with exclusive and unique Mad Marathon designs to represent your race and stand out from the crowd!

Madison Marathon 7/26/14 Ennis, MT 

Madison Marathon Apparel

The inaugural running of the Madison Marathon took place on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in 2008. Since then, it has grown into a race with more than 200 participants. . The Madison Marathon is the highest road marathon in America and has acted as an annual tourism event in Ennis, MT. The demand for a unique, high-altitude foot race was apparent considering the enormous popularity of running and extreme sports in Southwest Montana and in reality in much of the United States. If you’re running in the Madison Marathon, get custom made race gear and marathon apparel before the big day.

Eugene Marathon 7/27/14 Eugene, OR

Eugene MarahtonThe Eugene Marathon takes place in the birthplace of distance running where you can run in the footsteps of history, watch elite athletes perform and be a part of the sport’s future. Set a personal best on the flat, scenic course that winds through 10 parks and miles of riverside trails where the typical average temperature at the starting line is a an ideal 54 degrees. Cross the finish line inside Historic Hayward Field, where legends such as Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar and, most recently, world-record holder Ashton Eaton have competed. Wear exclusive Eugene Marathon t-shirts when you’re running the course this year only available at Prep Sportswear!

The San Francisco Marathon 7/27/14 San Francisco, CA

SF Marathon Apparel

The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Starting at the world famous Ferry Building, racers head along the Embarcadero, with the beautiful San Francisco bay on their right. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina. Next runners head up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean. A tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Park follows, and after some turns and curves through the trees and around the lakes, runners empty out onto the historic and very colorful Haight street. Whether you’re a runner, supporter, or volunteer, we have custom-made San Francisco Marathon 2014 gear for you.

New! College Summer Leagues Sub Channel

We are proud to announce our new sub-channel featuring fan gear for College Summer Leagues. Now our customers and fans of college summer baseball can now enjoy a huge selection of customizable college baseball fan gear from stores representing some of the most popular college summer leagues and teams. The new College Summer Leagues sub-channel provides baseball fans with exclusive designs featuring college baseball teams such as the Brazos Valley Bombers, Cotuit Kettleers, Alaska Goldpanners, Corvallis Knights, Waterloo Bucks, Chatham Anglers and more.

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This new addition of the College Summer Leagues sub-channel adds more variety to our extensive catalog of channels of which you can customize gear through. You can now shop the largest selection of college summer baseball fan apparel targeted at your favorite team, including baseball t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats and accessories. All of the products available can be customized with preferred colors and exclusive baseball inspired designs found only at Prep Sportswear.

We continually look for ways to connect fans with their affiliations in a unique and personalized way. By introducing College Summer Leagues such as the Alaska Baseball League, Cape Cod Baseball League, Coastal Plain League, Northwoods League, Prospect League and the West Coast League, college summer baseball fans have the opportunity to create fan apparel that illustrates their team pride. This has never been done and Prep Sportswear is proud to pioneer this new market.

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You can conveniently locate the College Summer Leagues sub-channel and your favorite college summer baseball teams in the Pro Sports Team Shop under the Baseball tab. We have developed unique baseball designs for each team that were inspired by athletic themes and graphics from each respective team. Now fans of college summer baseball can create customized baseball shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and accessories with a click of a button.

Prep Sportswear’s Golf Challenge

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Think you know golf? Use your knowledge to win great fan gear in Prep Sportswear’s Golf Challenge! Simply pick the golfers you think will finish 1st through 10th for each of the tournaments. You get points for the place in which your golfers finish and bonus points if you pick them to finish in the right place.

Prizes:
Enter for a chance to win great Holloway fan gear. There is one winner for each tournament!

April Prizes: Holloway Men’s Zoom Performance T-Shirt
May Prizes: Holloway Men’s Spark Long Sleeve T-Shirt
June Prizes: Holloway Men’s Frequency Performance Pique Polo
July Prizes: Holloway Men’s Tactic Polo
August Prizes: Holloway Men’s Attack Pullover
September Prizes: Holloway Men’s Helix Polo
Grand Prize: Holloway Men’s Strato Jacket

Ready to play? Enter now!

Questions about the Golf Challenge? Check out the FAQ’s!

Prep Sportswear’s World Soccer Challenge

Enter Prep Sportswear’s World Soccer Challenge for a chance to win customized fan gear in every round!

How it Works

The object of the tournament is simple: Select a winner or draw for each match and earn points for each correct pick. The fan with the most correct picks over the course of the tournament will win awesome fan gear from Prep Sportswear. Play with everyone and challenge your friends at the same time. Start a group and invite your buddies for extra fun!

Prizes

1st Round: Men’s Essential T-Shirt
2nd Round: Men’s Competitor Performance
3rd Round: Men’s Essential T-Shirt Large Print
4th Round: Embroidered Mesh Back Cap
5th Round: Men’s 7.8 oz Lightweight Basic Hooded Sweatshirt
6th Round: Men’s Tri-Blend Crewneck T-Shirt
7th Round: Embroidered Fleece and Nylon Travel Blanket
Grand Prize: T-Shirt, Hoodie, Cap and Blanket

Click here to enter Prep Sportswear’s World Soccer Challenge!

 

2014 World Cup: Top Countries to Watch

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Brazil

Brazil

It’s no surprise Brazil is considered a favorite for the World Cup, and not just because of their home advantage. They are well-organized and have Coach Luis Felipe Scolari who has experienced the World Cup before, after leading the Canarinho triumph in 2002. Full of talented athletes, the Brazil soccer squad works hard in all areas of the pitch and will take their excellent work ethic into the tournament. If you’re rooting for Brazil in the World Cup, customize your own Brazil soccer gear today!

 

Argentina

Argentina

If there is anyone to threaten a home win, it is Brazil’s South American neighbor, Argentina. Lionel Messi is arguably one of the world’s best soccer players and could be a game-changer in the 2014 World Cup. Although the focus of Argentina’s play is likely to surround Messi, players Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Javier Mascherano are expected to help bring Argentina to the final match. Even though Argentina is one of the strongest squads in the tournament, they will need to step up their game to ensure success in the backyard of their fiercest rivals. Represent Argentina with exclusive Argentina soccer gear and designs you won’t find anywhere else!

Spain

Spain

Spain will attempt to be the first country to win consecutive World Cups since Brazil in 1962. Spain successfully remained undefeated during qualification and did not trail at any stage of any match. Manager Vicente Del Bosque is likely to stick with the players that have carried his team this far, with a sprinkling of new faces. Instrumental players to watch during the 2014 World Cup will be Xavi, Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas. For the biggest collection of customizable Spain soccer fan gear, check out Prep Sportswear’s Spain Store!

 

Germany

Germany

Germany is a strong force to reckon with in the 2014 World Cup with at least two great players for every position. Mesut Özil is the central figure in the influx of young stars in German football and will bring Germany his lightning bolt for a left foot. Marco Reus is considered the top German player in the Bundesliga with stats like seven goals and five assists this year. Coach Joachim Löw is considered a tactical genius, but we’ll see how he performs now that the pressure is on. Customize your own Germany soccer gear to support your team and show your pride!

Summer Camp Essentials

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Summer is here and the kids are starting to head off to summer camp! Before they go, make sure to pack them with fun, durable and spirited camp essentials. Below is Prep Sportswear’s summer camp packing list that includes our most popular camp items. Every product is fully customizable so your little one can stand out from the crowd this summer in unique gear.

1. Kids V-Neck Jersey T-Shirt

Kids V-Neck Jersey T-Shirt

This kids t-shirt is made of 100% preshrunk cotton for a light feel and easy drape. It features taped shoulder seams and a V-neck collar for a breathable and comfortable fit. This customizable kids t-shirt is sure to become your little one’s favorite tee to take to camp this summer. With such a sturdy construction, it will last as long as their summer memories.

2. Kids T-Shirt with Sparkle Twill™

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This customizable t-shirt with Sparkle Twill™ is destined to become your little fan’s favorite tee. This heavyweight cotton shirt is built with a style, comfort and durability in mind. Choose a fun and vibrant Sparkle Twill™ design to add a pop of sparkle to this popular t-shirt. With so many colors to choose, you’ll have a different t-shirt for every day of the week!

3. Kids Crewneck Sweatshirt

Kids Crewneck Sweatshirt

Your little fan can stay warm and look good in this customizable crewneck sweatshirt. Made of super-soft cotton/poly fleece, it will keep you warm when the sun goes down. Spandex trim provides extra comfort and the coverseamed construction throughout provides increased durability. With its cozy and durable construction, this kids crewneck sweatshirt is sure to last summer after summer.

4. Embroidered Holloway Kids Zip Front Jacket

Embroidered Holloway Kids Jacket

Every kid needs a comfortable and durable jacket when they head off to camp. Wind and water-resistant, this bi-color embroidered jacket is sure to stand up to any activity in any weather. It features a three piece hood, elasticized cuffs and bottom hem as well as comfortable raglan sleeves. The inside is made with soft and plush sweatshirt lining for the softest feel against the skin.

5. Holloway Juniors Dream T-Shirt

Holloway Juniors Dream T-Shirt

This one’s for the female fans! This soft, three-color design offers a great fan t-shirt. It features raw edge seams and is double layered with white top stitching edges for a modern look. Crafted with durable 100% fine cotton, this juniors t-shirt will withstand any activity, whether it’s going on a hike or playing sports in the sunshine.

6. Kids Baseball T-Shirt

Kids Baseball T-Shirt

This 100% cotton shirt with contrasting sleeves is a great blend of comfort and style for your little one. The breathable cotton jersey is soft against the skin. Perfect for any activity, this kids baseball tee is sure to become a wardrobe favorite. Choose a color and customize it with custom-made designs you won’t find anywhere else.

7. Embroidered Fleece Blanket with Strap

Embroidered Fleece Blanket with Strap

Roll and pack this embroidered fleece blanket anywhere, whether it’s for day camp or long camping excursions. The stitched edges prevent fraying and the integrated carry strap makes it easy to take anywhere. The comfortable, warm polyester fleece is velvety soft and feels great against your skin. This customizable fleece blanket is both lightweight and machine washable. Choose from a rainbow of colors and vibrant designs to add a pop of team pride.

8. Embroidered Duffel Bag

Embroidered Colorblock Duffel Bag

This duffel is perfect for taking all the essentials to camp. The large main compartment has a D-shaped opening with two-way zipper, and there are also two large side pockets, and two smaller front pockets to fit small accessories. The adjustable and removable shoulder strap and padded handle lets you carry it whichever way is most comfortable. Choose from a rainbow of colors and vibrant designs to let your personality shine.