How to Choose Your Team's Custom Jersey Name Bars

Choosing the right jersey name bars is essential for creating a unified and professional look for your team. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s also about readability and personalization. You’ll want to make sure that every player’s name is fully readable on the field.

Similarly, your player numbers should be in a large font, and clear for referees, fans and other players to read at all times. Some teams even prefer to put their numbers on the front and the back so that they are visible from all angles.

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Here are some tips to help you select the best name bars for your custom jerseys.

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Top Tips for Choosing the Best Jersey Name Bars for Your Team

Tip 1: Choose a Clear Font for Your Jersey Name Bars

When selecting a font for your jersey name bars, clarity is key. Opt for a bold, sans-serif font that is easy to read from a distance. Avoid overly decorative fonts that may look good up close but become illegible during a game.

Your goal is to ensure that names are easily recognizable by spectators and teammates alike.

If you’d like to use a fancier font on your jerseys, stick to customizing your logo’s finer details rather than your names.

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Tip 2: Consider Thin Outlines

Adding thin outlines around the letters of your name bars can enhance their visibility. This technique helps the names stand out against the jersey’s colour, especially in fast-paced sports environments. Choose contrasting colours for the outlines to maximize the effect.

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Tip 3: Placement of Your Jersey Name Bars Matters

Decide where you want the name bars to be placed on the jerseys. Traditionally, name bars are positioned at the top back. However, for women's teams, you may want to consider placing them at the bottom back.

This adjustment ensures that names remain visible, even with ponytails or braids. For more on this, read our blog about the Molson “See Her Name” campaign here.

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Tip 4: Match the Team’s Aesthetic

Ensure that your jersey name bars match the overall design and colours of your jerseys. Consistency in colour schemes and styles will contribute to a matching team look.

If your jerseys are mostly one colour, choose an alternating colour for more contrast in your name bars. Refer to our blog on selecting team colours here to get inspired for your jerseys!

Coordinate with your team's logo and other design elements for a more polished appearance.


Tip 5: Styling Your Jersey Name Bars

Styling your jersey name bars involves several choices. Some teams prefer curved name bars that arch gracefully above the numbers, giving a more unique look. Others opt for straight name bars for a classic, clean appearance.

The decision between using nicknames or real names also adds a layer of personalization. Nicknames can boost team spirit and camaraderie, while real names offer a more professional touch.

For example, your team may prefer to use nicknames for your beer league, and have proper names for your Ontario World Championship team.

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Whichever style you choose, ensure it reflects your team's identity and all your players are happy with the choice.

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Our Best Advice: Decide as a Team

Choosing the right custom jersey name bars involves considering readability, placement, and design consistency. However, our best advice is to decide as a whole with your team. As long as your names are clearly readable and everyone is happy, that’s all that matters!

By following these tips, you can create jerseys that not only look great but also enhance team spirit and visibility. Start designing your perfect jerseys here today.

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