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How to Make A Strap Bar for Gymnasts

Great tip from Jason at Hartland Sports Center

Use Mueller Athletic tape to make this easy to assemble strap bar. A strap bar is a tool used to make swinging around a bar easier for a gymnast. It secures her to the bar, so she cannot fall off, and it eliminates the friction, making learning things easier because they can focus on what their body is supposed to do, instead of what their body AND hands have to do.

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Printed Pre-wrap in Six Great Patterns

We’ve got a bunch of new patterns in stock and ready for the new season.  Our newest prints include Lemon-Lime tie-dye, Ocean Hues Tie-Dye, Purple Cheetah, Blue Cheetah, and our newest wide striped Zebra.  Pre-wrap is not just for sports anymore.

Each patterned pre-wrap roll comes individually shrink-wrapped and is 20 yards x 2 5/8″.  Check out Laura’s picks – she’s put together her favorite color combos and you get to save some money, too!




zebra pre-wrap

Sassy Six



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White Pre-wrap and Raspberry Pre-wrap

Check out our newest colors!  We now have white pre-wrap in 30 yard rolls and full cases.  Plus our new raspberry pre-wrap is our latest vibrant color.  For those of who think the maroon just doesn’t have enough pizazz, check out our newest color.  It’s great to twist up with light pink, too.white pre-wrap

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Fashion Pre-wrap – it’s not just for sports anymore

With all of the new prints and colors, no reason to use pre-wrap only for the field or on the court!  Sure, it’s great for keeping your hair back during exercise, but it’s a trendy way to tame your locks no matter where you are! On the left, our pink and white braided pre-wrap.  On the right…light pink pre-wrap.  Folding it instead of letting it roll naturally give this look.



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Printed Pre-wrap

We now have seven different patterns!  Zebra, giraffe, teal leopard, blue soccer balls, pink peace signs, teal peace signs and dance pre-wrap!

We have received a bunch of requests to have your school or club logo printed. Yes, it’s possible to get custom pre-wrap but you will need to order a minimum of 5,000 rolls!  Call or email us if you have specific questions.



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Finally – White pre-wrap (really white!)

I know we’ve been waiting for years for white pre-wrap instead of that boring natural color.  It’s here!  It only comes in retail packaging, but white pre-wrap is white pre-wrap!  Finally!  Now you really can match your basketball uniform.

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Biggest Loser – Andrea

Is that pre-wrap we see in Andrea’s hair?!!! I think it is!  Go Andrea!

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Pre-wrap Entrepreneur Named Gatorade State Player of the Year

CHICAGO (December 16, 2009) — In its 25th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Tessa Smolinski of RHAM High School as its 2009-10 Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year. Smolinski is the first Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from RHAM High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Smolinski as Connecticut’s best high school volleyball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, to be announced in late December, Smolinski joins an elite alumni association of past state volleyball award winners, including USA Volleyball Olympians Kim Glass (2001-02, Horseshoe HS , Penn.), Kim Willoughby (1998-99 & 1999-00, Assumption HS, La.) and Ogonna Nnamani (1999-00, University HS, Ill.).

The 5-foot-9 senior outside hitter recorded 239 kills and 205 digs this past season, leading the Sachems (26-0) to a third consecutive Class M state championship. A 2009 Senior All-Star Volleyball Game selection, Smolinski also tallied 83 service aces during her senior campaign. A returning Class M First Team All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, she amassed 13 kills, 12 digs and three service aces in a state final-sweep of Barlow, capturing Class M state championship game Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight season. Smolinski compiled 293 kills, 248 digs and 68 service aces as a junior.

Smolinski has maintained a 4.63 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 5 in her class. The selection leader as a flutist in her school’s wind ensemble and a participant in the Mathematical Olympiads competition, she has volunteered on behalf of countless community-service initiatives, including the Special Olympics, Unified Sports, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Rally and the American Red Cross. Also a panelist at the Connecticut Youth Entrepreneur Seminar and a speaker at the Conference for Teaching Entrepreneurship, she established in order to sell pre-wrap and athletic tape worldwide.

“She is spectacular,” said Laura Arena, head coach of Farmington High, which faced RHAM during the 2009 regular season. “She’s 5-foot-9 and plays as big as 6-foot-2 if not bigger and better. That says a lot. She’s a key reason RHAM became the program it is. Without her, I’m not sure they’re as successful. She’s a well-rounded player. She sees the whole court. I’m impressed with her strategy, finesse and power. She’s a strong server and a crafty defensive player. She’s a leader. And she does it all with so much class.”

Smolinski remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Smolinski joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Players of the Year Erika Videtto (2008-09, Greenwich), Janice Ehorn (2007-08, Amity Regional), and Brittany Dickinson (2006-07, Frank Scott Bunnell) among the state’s list of former award winners.

To celebrate the award’s 25th anniversary, Gatorade wants you to vote for the All-Time Greatest Players of the Year at To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit

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Basketball: pre-wrap as a hair control device

Rules Regarding Pre-Wrap as Headbands
-According to the National Association of State High School Associations (NFSH) Basketball – by Megan Fenton (copyright

• A headband is anything that goes around the whole head – not just around the hair (for example a ponytail holder/elastic/scrunchie)
•Pre-wrap is considered a headband, along with elastic strips/bands, or terry cloth sweat bands
• The pre-wrap color must be white, black, beige, or the main color of the jersey
• All team members are required to wear the same colors also – for example one team member is not allowed to wear black if the other is wearing the primary team color, or white or beige
• Headbands must be worn around the forehead or crown of the head
• Headbands must be made of a non-abrasive material – like pre-wrap
• If the athlete is wearing one color of pre-wrap, or other type of headband, their wrist or arm bands must also be the same color
• Items that are not matching or do not follow these rules must be removed before competition

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New Pre-wrap Colors Announced! Teal and Lemon Yellow

It’s been over a year since lime green pre-wrap came out, so are so happy to introduce our new vibrant pre-wrap colors! The teal is so awesome! It’s a great, bright new color. The yellow is a true yellow, not gold. We’ve added them to our rainbow special, too. Be the first to have them today!


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