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ClubOfficers: TeamClothing

Team Clothing

Having custom team kits is one of the key ways to establish a club identity to build a community around. Plus, you'll look awesome.

Design

Essentially all custom clothing companies will help you design a team kit, usually for a fee but increasingly as a free service to get you to contract with them. Either way, they'll generally work with anything from a napkin sketch to a complete and finalized design. If no one on your team is comfortable with graphic design, talk to your sales representative about having the manufacturer do it. Usually they can whip up something pretty good based around logos and rough ideas you send them.

To get a truly custom design, however, usually takes a little bit of graphic design skills. All companies provide templates of their fabric patterns which you can edit and draw on to develop a genuinely unique style---for better or worse. Typical vector art software packages used, such as Adobe Illustrator, are generally fairly expensive but often available on campus computers. Another possible option is Inkscape, a free, open source graphics design tool. Note that all these tools have fairly substantial learning curves, so don't expect to just dive in and produce masterpieces on a time crunch.

Aw yeah, that's a Joe Kopena special right there!
The Drexel University jersey laid out in the Hincapie Sportswear pattern template.

Regardless, three primary points to keep in mind are:

Technically the conference director has to approve your design. In practice they almost invariably don't want to hear about it unless you have many or prominent sponsor logos, or are hoping to significantly change the design but keep it compatible with previous outfits. Look around the photos on this site and other online photo albums for examples of what's generally accepted and a good idea. If you have doubts, don't hesitate to get in touch.

In general it's probably best for teams to try and maintain the same basic outfit for a few years running. Otherwise current racers won't be able to use their stockpile of previous clothes, and alumni will be slightly more alienated from the team.

Also note that some institutions require that clubs get approval before printing clothing, so check with your club sports administration's requirements before beginning the process.

Finally, whatever you do, DO NOT consult the Williams College team for design advice.

The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference

ECCC Logos

Teams are encouraged but not required to include the ECCC logo in their designs. Vector artwork for the conference logo and regional map is available on the logo page.

Ordering and Printing

Hincapie Sports

The ECCC is generously sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear, which provides the conference's amazing leaders' jerseys. Hincapie produces very high quality clothing and is eager to work with ECCC clubs to develop and manufacture custom team designs. Their services are strongly recommended to get your team outfitted in its own unique style.

Regardless of manufacturer, the three most critical parts of the ordering process are:

Finally, if the team budget and school rules permit, it's a very good idea to have the team purchase a small stock of extra kits. This way new club members can buy one from the team right away rather than waiting for the next order.

Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row it can't not be intentional...
Williams College: Voted worst kit in the conference---over at least 3 different designs!---for so many years in a row, it can't not be intentional... This is their "good" design---the previous one was banned for causing retinal bleeding! (:by Chatura Atapattu:)

Worst Case

If you don't get your act together in time to order custom clothing and are a new team and/or don't have a pool of alumni and current riders to borrow kits from, there are two basic options:

Beyond that, if worst really comes to worse, you would not be the first club to show up in t-shirts or athletic wear for other sports bought at the campus bookstore!

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