- Go for a streamlined logo, and a custom-shaped sign.
- Choose a design that allows kids to customize their own signs.
- Put your logo everywhere to help boost team spirit.
Matching uniforms. Pre-game pep talks. Coordinated sideline chats. Why do we do these things? Because they all contribute to feeling like we’re part of a team.
When your kid takes up a new sport (or starts a new season), team spirit will be in short supply. After all, there really isn’t a team yet. One of the fastest ways to get everyone on board and having fun is to give them a symbol to rally behind.
You’re probably not a graphic designer. You’ve probably never even considered what goes into making signs for youth sports. That’s okay. All you need are a few tips to be able to make a sign that your kid’s team will cheer for.
Here’s how to be the cool parent.
Think Outside the Box
The best graphics are simple. And by that, we don’t mean that they’re easy to make. They’re simple in appearance. If you’ve got more than your team name and a single, clear image directly tied to that name, you’re probably doing it wrong.
For the lettering, stick to one of two basic approaches. Either type the team name in all caps using a tall, bold font, or only capitalize the first letter and use a more cursive style. Take a look at professional sports team logos. You might be surprised how many of them stick to this method.
If you want extra design points, try printing yard signs on shapes other than rectangles. You can get a yard sign in the shape of a football, for example. Or how about a circle? That could cover designs a ton of different sports: baseball, golf, soccer, volleyball, etc. It could even be a hockey puck. Have fun with it, and don’t be square!
Design for the Whole Team
Speaking of yard signs, they’re a great way to boost team spirit. Every team member can proudly have one on display with their name and jersey number! Then again, printing that many different designs might be more than your budget allows.
Instead of putting names on your sign, leave a blank space below the team logo. That way, parents can use letter kit decals to spell out their child’s name and number. It’s more cost effective, and it takes the burden off of you to make sure everyone’s name is spelled correctly and their number is right.
Spread the Team Spirit
Now that you’ve got an awesome logo, why stop at yard signs? You’re going to want to see your logo during the game, too!
How about a vinyl banner to go on the fence or in the dugout? With permission from the venue, you could even spruce up parking signs with custom-printed decals.
This isn’t just about trying to get your money’s worth out of a good design. Seeing that logo everywhere they go is going to help the kids remember that they’re part of a team. That they’re involved in something that’s bigger than themselves. And most importantly, that they’re part of something fun.
And yes, it’s also a little bit about you finally getting to be the cool parent. But just a little…
We know that budgets go quickly once kids are in the mix. That’s why we offer the Goof Proof Guarantee. If there’s a problem with any of your signs for youth sports, let us know within 24 hours and we’ll fix it for free.
Our fault? We’ll fix it.
Your fault? We’ll fix it.
That’s the Goof Proof Guarantee.