When you manage a youth softball team, one of the duties that will land on your plate is thinking about the production of your team's trading pins. Many softball teams have collectible pins produced that can be traded with opponents at various tournaments throughout the season. The rationale is that, by the end of the season, your players will have a handful of colorful pins that they can keep as mementos. There are a number of important details to think about when you're designing your pins. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as you work on the design.
Your team's logo is an important attribute to include in your softball trading pin design. In many such pins, the team's logo will be the central element and may take up the bulk of the pin's design. There are, however, some considerations to keep in mind. Some softball teams' logos feature the city and name of the team as part of the logo, while others simply depict a graphical element. If your logo falls into the latter category, you'll want to ensure that the design features the city and team name, perhaps above and below the logo, respectively.
Tournament Name And Date
Given that it's customary to have softball trading pins designed around tournaments, your team's pin should also include the name of the tournament and other relevant data, such as the city in which the tournament is being played and the dates of the event. This information is valuable because when an opponent looks at the pin several months or even years from now, they'll be able to recall some of the details. For example, this part of the design might read, "Boston, MA, July 11-13, 2017."
Some softball trading pins are detailed enough to provide the names of the players on the teams. If you wish to go this route, you'll end up with a pin that will be highly coveted by players for its attention to detail. There are a number of different ways that this information can be included. Some pins may feature a list of the players' last names below the logo, while others may have the names around the perimeter of the pin if it's circular like a softball. You won't typically have room to include each player's first name, so focus on the last name and pair each name with the appropriate jersey number.