Embroidery by Wave One Sports

Wave One Sports, the leader in Custom Team Sports Apparel, specializes in custom embroidery. An internet search for “embroidery definition” yields this from the Cambridge Dictionary site: “the activity of decorating cloth or clothing with patterns or pictures sewn directly onto the material, or a pattern or picture created in this way”. At Wave One Sports we take great pride in the fact that we have had our in-house embroidery shop since 1996.

Wave One Sports was founded in 1988. In the beginning, all our embroidery work was done by several different embroidery contractors. As business grew the amount of subcontract custom embroidery work exploded and in 1996 we decided to take the very big step to bring this work in house. The expense of a new Barudan 15-head, 9-needle computerized embroidery machine was a giant reach for Wave One. In addition, learning how to operate and staff this new tool was a challenge like no other. However, our proforma statements clearly indicated this purchase was a solid business decision that would pay for itself in short order.

Fast forward to 2017, our 15-head work horse is still churning out high quality custom embroidered logos for our customers apparel at least 5 days a week. Higher quality finished products, and greater profit are two benefits realized having in-house embroidery. The speed of order turnaround, and flexibility of scheduling gained, may not show up directly on our accounting statements, but has had an immeasurable positive impact on our customer service and consequent boost in our customer satisfaction. One of our company principles is to only make promises we can keep, in-house custom embroidery allows us to make and keep more of those promises.

Another interesting aspect of embroidery that is a huge part of Wave One’s custom team apparel offerings is tackle twill lettering, also known as applique. I just googled “tackle twill” and discovered (for the first time) on WORDNIK that the term tackle twill comes from; a tough fabric invented by R. J. Liebe, that was originally used for football pants. As newer fabrics were created and tackle twill was replaced with other materials such as Lycra, its primary use became lettering (name and number embroidery), as on athletic apparel. Originally Wave One sewed these letters and numbers on jerseys, jackets, pants, shorts, etc. by hand. Letters were cut from the tough twill fabric with a heat sensitive adhesive backing applied. The team or player names and numbers were arranged on the garments and then “temporarily” heat pressed on the garment. A seamstress would then sew zig zag stitches around the edges to make the names and numbers permanently fixed to the apparel. Soon after Wave One acquired our “big” custom embroidery machine we began to use it to embroider zig zag stitch lettering. A drawback was the size of the names/numbers/logos was limited by the size of the embroidery hoops that our machine could accommodate. In 2004 Wave One purchased our first single head Amaya machine with a much larger sew field enabling larger “full back” size tackle twill lettering. The addition of this single head custom embroidery machine again added speed and flexibility to our production and increased our ability to make our customers happy.

The custom team apparel business is extremely competitive. Since 1988 Wave One has and continues to emphasize customer service as the most important product we offer our customers. In-house custom embroidery is an important tool used by Wave One Sports to provide unparalleled customer service and quality. Another reason to contact Wave One Sports, the leader in Custom Team Sports Apparel.

http://www.waveonesports.com/

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Summer Lacrosse Uniforms

Wave One Sports is the leader in custom team sports apparel.  Wave One Sports has been satisfying our customer’s custom team sports apparel needs since 1988.  We are closing in on 30 years of making our customers happy.  While our dedication to providing the finest quality products, superior service and fair prices has remained constant, most every other aspect of our business continues to change with greater and greater frequency. 

Summer Lacrosse is one of those aspects that has changed significantly over the past 10 years.  In the early to mid-2000’s there were limited options for youth and high school lacrosse players to play lacrosse after the traditional spring lacrosse season ended.  Sure, there were lacrosse recruiting camps and lacrosse clinics but the opportunities and the demand for these were both relatively small.  Then during the second half of that decade youth, high school and college lacrosse began to grow at a rapid pace.  The numbers of youth players participating in township spring lacrosse teams and leagues began to swell.  Many local programs were faced with numbers they could not accommodate.  The small number of “summer” clubs took notice of this and began to expand their programs.  New summer clubs began to sprout up not only in the traditional lacrosse hotbeds of Maryland, Long Island, Upstate New York and Philadelphia but in many other areas around the US. 

New summer lacrosse clubs and summer lacrosse programs created new opportunities for lacrosse apparel and equipment manufacturers and suppliers.  Wave One Sports’ lacrosse uniform and practice gear business grew from a mostly late fall, winter and early spring peak cycle to include late spring and early summer. 

An interesting aspect of Summer Lacrosse Uniforms is the lack of design regulations and restrictions that limit creativity of most high school and college uniforms.  Consequently, summer lacrosse uniforms can be more colorful, and incorporate some wild graphics and logos.  Sponsor logos and team mascots are frequently featured more prominently as well as multiple color combinations. 

Summer weather also influences the construction and design of summer lacrosse uniforms.  With the warmer temperatures, many teams opt for reversible tank style lacrosse jerseys made from lighter weight technical fabrics.  These relaxed design restrictions and the moisture control fabrics allow summer lacrosse  players to not only look cool but also play cool without the weight and heat of traditional short sleeve jerseys.  Most summer lacrosse uniforms are sublimated with the designs being dyed into the fabric, eliminating additional weight normally found with printed and tackle twilled uniforms.

As spring lacrosse begins to wind down, summer lacrosse heats up.  Please contact Wave One Sports for your Summer Lacrosse Uniforms.  

Are You Happy?

Perhaps you have seen Wave One Sports’ most recent ads in Lacrosse Magazine.  Our current advertising campaign; “ARE YOU HAPPY?” is designed to get you thinking about whether your current custom team sports apparel supplier is fulfilling your needs and meeting your expectations regarding your team gear.  Wave One Sports has been making our customers happy since 1988.  Wave One is the leader in custom team sports apparel.  Our high-quality products, exceptional service and fair pricing has resulted in thousands of happy customers, happy customers who come back season after season because we make them happy. 

Wave One’s successful formula is offering the highest quality products through exceptional service at competitive prices.  It’s a simple formula, but evidently not very easy to execute consistently.  We work very hard each day to ensure that every one of our customers has a superior experience. 

The first element of our successful formula is high quality products.  Wave One sells and decorates the finest quality products from Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Holloway, Alleson Athletic, Champion and New Balance to name a few.  Our customers seek and appreciate the value in these brands, and understand that the quality of the decoration is of equal importance as well.  This combination of superior quality apparel and state of the art decoration results in the finest quality custom team sports gear available.

   

The second element of the successful Wave One formula is exceptional service. At Wave One service encompasses every aspect of the team sports apparel buying process.  From our customer’s very first contact to the moment they open the package containing their new gear and beyond, we strive to be accessible, knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, understanding, and helpful.  All phone calls during business hours are answered by one of our experienced sales professionals.  We know our customers are too busy to fool around with menus and voice mail, when they call, we answer.  Our customers get service when they want it and need it on their schedule, and are never left wondering if they will get a response.   Email is another tool Wave One uses extensively to serve our customers.  Quotes, pictures, mockups and all variety of product information can be produced and communicated via email in a moment’s notice, supplying much need answers quickly. We understand that busy schedules sometimes don’t allow for calls or contacts during “normal” business hours.   Our comprehensive and mobile friendly website is available 24/7 for product information and email links to request additional information and ask questions.  More and more of our customer contact is exclusively via email and the internet, but many customers also take advantage of our telephone accessibility during the work week.  At Wave One we understand that a happy customer will come back over and over and in addition may refer additional business because of their positive experience.  Wave One makes customers happy.  Wave One will make you happy too.

 

The third element of the successful Wave One formula is competitive pricing.  Our strong relationships with our suppliers, built over 28 years of making our customers happy,  have put us in the position to offer our high-quality products and services and exceptionally fair and competitive prices.  We have learned from our customers that lowest price does not equate to best value.  Our customers know that they get the best value for their dollar at Wave One Sports, and they return season after season for the experience.   We believe that doing what we say we will do, every time, creates value.  We also know that we are not the only game in town, and that we must earn our customer’s trust and loyalty on every order.  And we do.

 If you are a Wave One customer, we thank you.   If you have not yet had the pleasure of working with Wave One Sports, we ask – “Are you Happy?”  Well, are you?  Let Wave One make you happy.

WSC Ice Hockey Uniform Redesign

Turn back the clock to mid-summer 2016.  Wave One Sports was contacted by the director of junior hockey at the Wissahickon Skating Club (WSC) about the possibility of designing and building new Ice Hockey Jerseys. 

Wave One and WSC have a long standing relationship that began in the late 1960’s when our bookkeeper, Muffin Oppenheimer (then Muffin Whiteside) and the entire Whiteside family participated in the junior hockey and junior figure skating programs at WSC.  Muffin’s 4 brothers played ice hockey, Muffin and her sister figure skated, mom and dad were heavily involved doing everything from coaching to writing weekly articles for the Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper.   By the 1990’s Muffin’s sons were playing hockey at WSC and the second generation was enjoying arguably the finest hockey experience in the Delaware Valley.   So it was only natural that Stephen Oppenheimer, Wave One’s art director, was thrilled to get the opportunity to flex his artistic muscles, toned earning his BS in Product Design at the University of Oregon, working on the WSC Jersey Project.  Who better to tackle this work than a  WSC Jr Hockey alum.

Jr. Hockey director Walter Muehlbronner wanted a fresh new look that would excite the Warriors (WSC Hockey Players nickname).  WSC colors had been red, white and navy for many years.  An Indian head logo similar to the Chicago Blackhawks logo had been the primary face of the junior hockey program for years.  The most recent look was red jerseys and white jerseys manufactured using the sublimation process that looked nice but just didn’t budge the needle on the excitement meter.  Wally wanted a more traditional hockey “sweater” with appliqued patches and tackle twill numbers.

Stephen started with a revision of the Warrior logo for the front of the jerseys, added shoulder patches, a small version of the front logo with crossed tomahawks for one shoulder and a circular patch that incorporated the WSC Shield logo.  Two color sleeve and back tackle twill numbers adorned the new royal blue New York Rangers pattern away jerseys.  On the white home jerseys, Montreal Canadians pattern,  Wally wanted  3 color tackle twill numbers.  For the first time in memory, player names were included on the backs of the 2016-2017 WSC Hockey jerseys, via tackle twill name plates.

After much back and forth and a variety of mockups the final jersey designs were agreed upon.  Players sizes, names and numbers were gathered and production commenced.  In customary fashion,  Wave One Sports constructed the high quality product on which our reputation has been built.  Both on time and on budget.  The Warriors took the ice for their first games of the 2016-2017 season wearing their new jerseys,  smiles were seen all around.

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US Lacrosse 2017 Lacrosse Convention | LAXCON

  

  2017 marks the return of US Lacrosse Convention to Baltimore on January 20-22.  Also known as LAXCON, the US Lacrosse Convention is being held at the Baltimore Convention Center.  The US Lacrosse website reveals that “US Lacrosse is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, primarily serving the youth game.” LAXCON is US Lacrosse’s premier event offering coaches, players, officials, organizers and fans from the college, high school and club ranks the opportunity to gather and learn about lacrosse.

  From on field demonstrations and clinics to classroom style lectures, LAXCON provides scores of opportunities for seasoned lacrosse veterans and lacrosse newbies alike to study the “Fastest Game on Two Feet”.  Over 100 college, high school and club coaches, trainers, officials and program administrators; representing men’s and women’s lacrosse, will share their knowledge and love of the game with the expected 7000 plus attendees this year in Baltimore.  Information on fundamental skills, practice plans, skill development, offense, defense, safety, academics, officiating, the list goes on and on, will be presented in over 100 different sessions.  Truly, LAXCON is the place to improve you game.

  The highlight of LAXCON for Wave One Sports is the Fan Fest.  US Lacrosse and 150 plus exhibitors turn the giant exposition hall at the Baltimore Convention Center into a one stop venue to see the latest uniforms, practice gear, protective equipment, field equipment and just about anything lacrosse.  Experienced Wave One Representatives man our booth and demonstrate to our existing and prospective customers why Wave One is the leader in custom team lacrosse apparel.  It’s a great opportunity for us to meet new people and “put a face with a name” for many of our customers we’re seeing in person for the first time. 

  

  LAXCON has been referred to as “the unofficial start to the lacrosse season”.  Lacrosse is a spring sport.  Many college teams kick off their seasons in late January and early February.  High school and youth programs are in full swing by March.  The mid-January timing of LAXCON places it in a perfect position on most lacrosse calendars. 

Hope to see you there!

Product Review – Nike Waterproof Jacket

Check out the Nike Waterproof Jacket.  The name says it all.  

This is Nike’s team offering to shield players, coaches and fans from the elements.  Whether you’re on the sideline or in the stands this jacket offers protection from the wind and rain. 

Constructed of Nike Storm-Fit 5 fabric and featuring bonded seams and an adjustable hood the Nike Waterproof Jacket seals out the weather keeping you dry and comfortable.  Slash Zipper pockets provide secure storage for those items you like to keep handy.  The classic chevron design is highlighted by reflective piping and a two-tone contrasting anthracite and black distinctive front.  Mesh lining and center back perforated vents allow this beauty to not only protect but also breath, increasing function and comfort.  Increased adjustability provided by the toggled hem and hook and loop tabs at the cuffs allow for personalized fit and yet more comfort. 

The Nike Waterproof Jacket continues to impress with the packable pocket technology that allows the entire jacket to be stored compactly.  Good looks and functionality come together in the Nike Waterproof Jacket. 

Available in Men’s sizes XS-4XL.

Shown with custom embroidered logo for Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol

 

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Product Review – UA Women’s Stripe Tech ¼ Zip

Introducing The Under Armour Stripe Tech Microstripe ¼ Zip Pullover.  Shown is the women’s version we have just embroidered for our friends at the AIM Academy.  

New for this year, the Stripe Tech ¼ Zip Pullover is available in both men’s and women’s styles.  The updated UA Tech fabric has a softer, more natural feel for incredible all-day comfort.

It features UA’s Signature Moisture Transport System that wicks sweat away from the body.  Lightweight stretch construction improves mobility for full range of motion.  Anti-order technology keeps your gear fresher, longer.  ¼ Zip front standup collar for extra protection from the elements.  Flatlock stitching on the raglan sleeves unlock mobility and eliminate chaffing.  Drop-tail hem offers superior back coverage.  Allover visually mesmerizing microstripe pattern offers unique new aesthetic and styling.  Fit is generous, more relaxed,  without being bulky. 

Women’s version being offered in 16 athletic and fashion colors, men’s in 7 athletic colors,  provides plenty of options to work with your team color scheme.  The men’s Stripe Tech ¼ Zip is available in sizes S – 4XL, women’s in  XS – XXL.  Shown embroidered with the AIM Academy custom logo on the left chest.

See the color options for men here: 

http://waveonesports.com/custom-team-uniforms/UA-Stripe-Tech-Qzip.html

See the color options for women here:

http://waveonesports.com/custom-team-uniforms/UA-W-Stripe-Tech-Qzip.html

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Introducing the Ripple Tech Short Sleeve Tee from Alleson Athletic

This beauty is constructed from 100% Extreme Flat Knit Ripple tech Cationic Polyester Colorfast fabric with moisture management fibers.  It is available in unisex sizes for adults S-3XL, and youth S-XL.  Athletic colors offered are black, dark green, grey, maroon, navy blue, royal blue and scarlet red.  The Ripple Tech Tee features raglan sleeves with straight hemmed sleeves and bottom. 

 

Wave One will decorate the Ripple Tech Tee with your logo, in your colors and can add player names and numbers.

 

Contact Wave One Sports today and place your order for this exciting new moisture management tech tee.

 

800-779-2831 (800 – 77 – WAVE1)

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Reveiw | Nike Men’s Digital Motion Reversible and Short

Introducing the Men’s Reversible and Pocketed Short from Nike’s Digital Motion uniform series.

Like it’s female counterpart, the ultra-light Digital Motion kit is a single-ply, fully sublimated, polyester jersey and kilt. Minimal seams and the use of only the sublimated polyester make this kit the one of the lightest, most breathable kits we’ve seen to date.

This uniform kit is fully-customizable with a impressive range of decorating options. Teams have the options of adding the fading tonal graphic [shown]; multi-color contrasting trims; Nike’s arrow graphic trim [shown], 2-color name and numbers; team logos and more.

For more information on the Nike Digital Motion Uniform and to order yours, contact a Wave One sales rep today!

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To customize this uniform and more go to:

http://niketeam.nike.com/en/en_US/?l=shop

610-238-4770

 

 

Review | Nike 2016 Digital Women’s Motion SS Lacrosse Uniform

Introducing Nike’s latest evolution in women’s lacrosse uniforms: the Nike Digital Motion Short Sleeve Jersey and Kilt.

The ultra-light Digital Motion kit is a single-ply, fully sublimated, polyester jersey and kilt. Minimal seams and the use of only the sublimated polyester make this uniform the lightest, most breathable uniform we’ve seen to date.

This uniform kit is fully-customizable with a impressive range of decorating options. Teams have the options of adding the fading tonal graphic [shown]; multi-color contrasting trims; Nike’s arrow graphic trim [shown], 2-color name and numbers; team logos and more.

For more information on the Nike Digital Motion Uniform and to order yours, contact a Wave One sales rep today!

To customize this uniform and more go to:

http://niketeam.nike.com/en/en_US/?l=shop

610-238-4770

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