When my son was just shy of turning five years old, I signed him up for tee ball. Although I wasn’t sure if he was quite ready for organized sports, I felt that just being outside after school and on weekends running around and soaking up the fresh air was a good idea. On the very first day of practice, I knew I’d made a mistake and, at a minimum, should have waited a year. My son, who’s on the smaller size, was surrounded by cleated mini athletes – some sporting eye black and batting gloves – most of whom knew each other from pre-season training camp.
Wait, what? There was pre-season training BEFORE tee ball?
The answer was yes. My husband and I were clearly misinformed and actually thought that tee ball would be our son’s introduction to baseball, not a way to hone his fielding skills and up his batting average. We stuck out the season (his coach was a terrific guy and kept our son involved as best he could) and left pretty darn sure that we’d be on a soccer field the following season. As it turned out, we were right!
The only truly positive thing I remember from my son’s tee ball adventure was a rather heroic mom moment. In case you’re anything like me, it’s a bit surprising, and frankly overwhelming, how much gear kids need for sports. In the case of tee ball, there’s batting gloves, baseball mitts, bats, cleats, uniforms, batting hats, fielding hats, balls, ball bags, bat bags, water bottles – the works. Although my son only showed up with the bare minimum – a uniform, hat, bat, and mitt, ALL of it was labeled with Name Bubbles Sports Labels. So, one practice late in the season at the batting cages – yes, I’m still talking about t-ball here – my son’s bat went missing. We looked everywhere and as a last resort asked the facility manager if he had a lost-and-found. The guy actually laughed out loud when I asked him if he had any bats in there. Turns out, a lot of kids leave bats behind. He pulled four identical bats out for me to look at and said “good luck, lady”. I quickly checked the bat handles and noticed my son’s personalized name label right away. I called the guy over and said “look, it’s labeled with my son’s name.” He lifted his eyebrows and said “huh, that’s a really good idea.”
My son was “so done” with tee ball by the end of the season, but his Name Bubbles were still sticking around.
Name Bubbles Sports Labels can really help keep kids’ gear and clothing sticking around all season long. They stay put where you need them – regardless of your sport of choice: perfect for balls, sticks, water bottles, uniforms, hats, gloves, shin guards, mouth guards, and so much more. Each Sports Pack includes: 78 labels in the Iconic/Monogram Style OR 75 labels in the Signature Style, with a variety of sizes.
And all Name Bubbles labels are waterproof, weatherproof, laundry safe (laundry labels), dishwasher safe, sunblock & bug repellent proof.
This season, my son is happily taking tennis and gymnastics lessons. Since only his water bottle and racket and clothing are labeled, I turned to two (2) Name Bubbles moms for an update on how their kids’ Name Bubbles Sports Labels were sticking around. Here’s what they had to say:
“My kids are constantly on the go and have a lot of things to bring with them. As much as I try to keep track of everything, sometimes stuff gets left behind. Name Bubble Labels makes it easy for me to help ensure that when things get lost, they can more easily find their way back to us.” – xoxo, Lisa J.
“Name Bubble labels are such a huge staple in our house. We label everything from school supplies, sports gear, luggage and even electronics. The labels are extremely durable, fun and my daughter loves to pick out her own pattern! In addition to her Sports Pack for soccer, I recently purchased the Elder Care Pack for my grandfather, which has been a tremendous help for him to be able to identify his belongings while in a nursing home. Thank you for creating such a wonderful product!”- Lynn P.