Nobody buys Team gear, thats part of the team package and is about it, besides discounts. If they want something special or want more than the next person they buy it. While there are a few more extras for the top team players, everyone is basically on the same page. The top team may get an extra shirt or something, but those are 20+ sanctioned event players, with another 10 unsanctioned, playing on the highest level at some of the largest events disc golf offers. We feel they earn everything they are given.
We make 3 items that 3 players make extra money off of, but thats more of a tribute to what they have done in our gear or for our business than anything else. Believe me, I wish we were doing that for more members. Its one of the few things the store can do to help and I am happy to do it.
Since the gear is going out late there seems to be alot of interest in being on the Team this year. I tell everyone the same thing..doesnt matter who you are or what you have done, you start on the scout team. What you do with that is up to you. Scout team isnt geared out, they are usually given leftovers. Sometimes even hand me downs, as I dont like Team stuff going to anyone that isnt on the Team, period. Nowadays to get onto the scout team you need to be noticed by Jess or myself, or be recommended by an existing member. Skill level actually has less do to with it than people believe. Tournament Schedule and Integrity to the game/scene/IL are big factors.
At the same time, disc golf has been blowing up since I started the Team and not everyone can be rewarded with team spots for a season of good deeds or good play. It makes it harder to get in the loop. It also makes it harder for existing members who want to be less active. A huge percentage of the Team is not superstar golfers, they are just guys out there grinding away in our gear. I have a huge respect for that, as I am one of them, and I see even more on the course at every event. Guys trying to do it better or make it happen, wearing our stuff. Im very appreciative, and humbled.
I have something appealing for everyone soon I think, just have been busy with this month..