A quick guide on the elements of custom baseball jerseys
Assuming that you are new to the game and wish to know everything about its uniform system, I will start.
There are several elements that one needs to consider while making custom baseball uniforms. A person just discovering the game or someone who wants to avoid any mistake while buying custom baseball jerseys will benefit from this guide. Let’s discuss all the elements, moving top to bottom.
1. Cap: Baseball players are allowed to wear caps during a match unless and until they require a helmet for protection purposes. Then, they need to remove the cap and wear the helmet. As the uniform needs to be identical in nature, similar caps are provided to every player.
The guidelines for custom baseball jerseys permit the use of embroidered caps, so jersey makers can get innovative with the design on caps. Caps are not required, but they are not denied either. Also, the design on the cap does have constraints that vary as per the leagues.
2. Jersey: This is where you can do the most in terms of design. Jerseys have a lot of space and guidelines permit designers to utilize this space for branding. There are several things that you can add to this space.
Required and optional designs for a baseball jersey are
- Number: Each player has a unique number. Each player’s jersey should have this number in the front and at the back. The size and font of the number should be at least 6 inches high and Arabic, respectively.
- Player name: You can find the player’s name at the back of the jersey.
- Name of the team: You can place the name of your team in the front, across the chest of your shirt.
- Designs on the sleeves: International players carry the logo of their country on both sleeves. You can also have certain logos in this area.
- Other logos: You can also brand the jersey with the logo of the company that made the jerseys.
- Sleeves: Hemmed sleeves are mandatory. In the spirit of keeping the jersey similar for all players, most guidelines state that the length of the sleeves for every player of the team should be similar.
There are varying guidelines on which logos you can use and how high or wide your number and name should be. Read the relevant guidelines properly to know what is allowed and what is not.
As for the embroidery work, there is one thread and two thread writing work for numbers and names. In one thread, embroider sews the name and number of the player with only a single-colored thread that contrasts with the shirt’s color. In two thread designs, there is a proper border to the name and number. One thread is used to write, and the other thread helps border the numbers and names.
Each sport has its set of guidelines for the uniform. However, in almost all custom jerseys including custom hockey jerseys, custom basketball jerseys, and custom cycling jerseys, name and number are always present on the shirt.
3. Jacket: This item is not necessary per se, but if you have the budget for it and want your team to look similar pre-game then you can invest in it. Jackets allow team members to warm-up more effectively. Also, these can be decorated just like the jerseys.
The pitcher is the only one allowed to wear a jacket while playing as a base runner. However, in colder areas, it is logical to invest in jackets. Again, refer to your league’s guidelines carefully.
4. Pants: Pants are generally plain with two pockets and loops for belt. There can be contrasting piping on the sides of the legs.
As for decorations, you can use twill, embroidery, or printing to add a logo, but pants are mostly simple. Baseball shorts are also available if that too comes under the purview of garments you need.
5. Socks: Traditionally, knee-length socks were common among baseball players. They used to wear them on the top of their pants. That trend is not as prominent now, but socks are still in demand for baseball players. Socks are mandatory when you are wearing shoes, so it makes absolute sense to buy matching socks for the team. Every sport that needs shoes needs socks. Therefore, socks are a part of custom basketball jerseys, custom cycling jerseys, and other custom jerseys.
More often than not, baseball players wear socks that do not have a pattern. You might have seen the ones with two colors or the one with the logo. These are allowed in the game, but not mandatory.
Others: Also, in case you are wearing an undershirt with the visible area, this area should be solid, uniform, and dark in color for all.
There are several safety measures in play during a match of baseball. Helmet, shoes, guards, gloves are a few items that players have to wear during the match. However, the jersey here only refers to the clothing items. These other equipment cover quite a bit of jersey when used, but they are vital for safety.
Hopefully, this information will prove beneficial to you in your future endeavors or at the bare minimum educate you a bit on America’s favorite sport.