In case you’re new to cheerleading or a part of a sideline
team, you may not have heard about the growing trend that has been a staple of
competitive cheer of late. What is this ‘sublimation’ everyone has been talking
about anyway? Chances are, you’ve seen sublimated items on the mat (or even on
the sidelines), and didn’t even know it! Don’t worry–if that’s the case, it’s
still a relatively new option for cheer items, so don’t feel behind the times.
However, once you get a crash course in sublimation, you will find that opting
for it will elevate your team’s look to exponential heights! Sublimation allows
endless possibilities, an easy order, and the ability to match your team to a theme. So,
buckle up, because we are going on one wild sublimation ride!
What is sublimation? Sublimation is
a process where designs are infused into fabric using heat. This dye process
enables items to not crack, fade, or peel over time which means that sublimated
items last longer than cheer gear that is embroidered or tackle twilled. The
best part about sublimation is that you have full control over your items: you
design all of it–from logos to mascots, from sleeves to the sides of skirts to
the back of shirts–so you always get the look you want. Most sublimation design
centers have a collection of designs to choose from, but there is always an
option to submit your own. Again, the choices are infinite.
Why opt for
sublimation? Sublimation is a more cost-affordable way to get a custom look
without the big price tag of traditional ‘custom’ uniforms. You will also never again stress over fill-ins, since sublimation is made to order and never goes ‘out
of stock’. Plus, your look will always be original!
What material are
sublimated items made out of? At first, most sublimated items were stretch
performance material only; this kind of material was perfect for high-intensity
competition teams. However, the sublimation game has changed over time to segue
into the sidelines! That’s right–you can now obtain Double Knit Sublimation
uniforms for your team! Double knit sublimation is a thicker performance material
that caters more to school teams or special cheer events. With this shift in
material, you can now have sublimation wherever your team goes.
Can you get
sublimation for other cheer gear, besides uniforms? Yes! Sublimation has
transcended into other areas of cheerleading–like practice, and camp! Practice
styles like sports bras, shorts, tanks, and skirts can all be sublimated
nowadays, so attend camp this year with a united look! By choosing sublimation
for practice, your team will feel professional and as a result, push themselves
harder to improve their routines. It may sound silly, but sublimation is a
great mind trick to get your team on track.
Who is sublimation
available for? In short, everyone! With sublimated men’s wear on the
market, coed teams are not limited in shopping for team gear. Sublimation truly
is everything you’ve wanted for your team, and all in one place!
Do you still have
questions concerning sublimation that we didn’t address? Leave a comment, and
we will answer!