Keeping your team outfitted and ready to hit the court isn’t as easy as it sounds. You have to size every team member, make sure their new uniforms arrive before the first game and deal with a rotating roster of players as kids join or leave the team.
You hardly have time to think about saving money – you’re just trying to get everyone dressed in time for the first whistle of the season!
Whether you’re the team’s MVP mom or the head coach, we’re here with some suggestions for how to save money while you’re outfitting your volleyball squad. Ordering girls’ volleyball socks without blowing the team’s budget is a realistic goal. And we can prove it.
From ordering socks in bulk to being savvy about shipping costs, here are five ways to save some cash without sacrificing the quality of your necessary gear.
1. Measuring Twice, Ordering Once
One of the quickest ways to waste money on uniforms is by getting the wrong sizes. You could wind up paying for more uniforms or socks than you need because you messed up the first order. Even if you can return and exchange some items, you may have to pay return shipping if you ordered online.
Buying based on a guesstimate could have you scrambling at the last minute to find a new jersey or matching socks for the players who don’t have a uniform that fits. That’s an unnecessary and avoidable stressor. Your players should be focusing on their serve, not cramming their toes into socks that don’t quite fit.
The best way to avoid this headache is by ordering socks and other gear that is “true to size.” For volleyball socks, that means buying socks that are true to shoe size. It’s the simplest way to order and it ensures you’ll never be disappointed when the socks arrive. You’ll also save return and reorder costs.
Some vendors may sell socks by individual size, but more commonly, sizes are grouped together. For instance, a woman’s small could be shoe size 5-6.
2. Ordering Volleyball Socks in Bulk
Did you know you can often save serious cash by ordering volleyball socks in bulk? Many parents and coaches don’t even realize this is an option. You may think that only stores or corporations can take advantage of bulk order pricing or wholesale deals. Guess again!
At MadSportsStuff, for instance, we offer a 10% discount for orders over $100 and 15% off for any order over $250 (we also throw in free shipping). If you know the whole team needs the same socks anyway, you may as well order them together and save a few bucks rather than have every parent place an independent order.
Added bonus: when you order everyone’s socks and other volleyball gear at the same time, you don’t have to worry about someone showing up unprepared to the first game. You know you’ve got the entire squad covered!
3. Place Your Order in Advance
Are you wasting money on expedited shipping or last-minute customization costs? Planning ahead could save you a lot of trouble and money.
You can take advantage of a lot of discounts (like the ones we mentioned above) if you are willing to place your order in time to use regular shipping methods. Ordering right before the season starts will probably include some expedited shipping fees that could have been avoided.
Wait too long, and you will also limit your options for where you can order form in the first place. You may have to place a jersey or sock order from a company with higher prices, just because they’re the only one who can get your order to you in time for the first game.
How much time do you need to leave for your volleyball team socks to arrive with a few days to spare? Regular orders can usually be completed in a week or two. A custom order may take up to six weeks to make and ship – so start gathering shoe sizes and player numbers a few months before the season starts.
4. Fundraise to Help Offset Costs
Even if you’re ordering volleyball socks in bulk and getting free shipping, you may be startled by the price tag on a set of socks or jerseys for the entire group. What can a team do?
Plan a fundraiser for uniforms! Better yet, find a few large donors to contribute. That usually means working with a few local companies who are willing to be official sponsors. In exchange for buying or helping with the cost of uniforms, you can put their business name on a banner in the school gym recognizing them as your sponsor. You might also put their logo on your socks or the game programs. The companies get some advertising and you don’t have to pay full price for your gear. Win-win!
You can also hold a summertime car wash, bake sale, or another community event to refill your team coffers for the season. Even a few hundred dollars can go a long way when it comes to making new uniforms and socks more affordable.
5. Stick with Quality Construction
Saving a lot of money up on socks and jerseys upfront could mean paying more in the long run. That’s because the best deal doesn’t always deliver the highest quality. If you buy the most comfortable socks in the world but they fall apart after one game… what’s the point of wearing them?
Investigate the quality of the socks and jerseys you’re buying. It’s better to pay more upfront for gear that will last the entire season (or beyond). Products like MadSportsStuff are constructed right here in the USA and the company stands behind its quality.
What else should you look for? Features like compression, a double welt, and ankle to toe support all indicate that a pair of volleyball socks have been well crafted. You want a jersey that is made from moisture-wicking materials that can be washed in hot water over and over. Pay attention to the fabric and care instructions when you order gear for your volleyball team!
MadSportsStuff for Affordable Volleyball Uniforms
Getting your whole team outfitted may be a challenge, especially if you’re new to being in charge of uniforms. From headbands to jerseys to shorts and socks, the list of what you need to order is overwhelming. We’re here to help.
At MadSportsStuff, we have a variety of sports and custom volleyball socks for all ages. You can order a single pair for your player to practice in or stock up on socks for the entire team. In addition to our discounts for large order, we also help teams by letting you put each player’s individual number on their socks. Need headbands or other accessories? We have that stuff, too!
Are you ready to get your next season’s gear in order? Contact MadSportsStuff today to place a custom order for the entire team. You can order quickly using our online form or contact us with questions so we can help you place an accurate order.