Mini Footballs For High School Football Teams

 

Plastic Mini Footballs

Mini Footballs

In less than a month, high school and middle school football season will begin. Already, there are many teams in pre-season practice, gearing up for their first game. The excitement of the potential of each team is building already. Smack talk is certainly happening between friends and between players from opposing teams. It’s also time for school booster clubs to start planning their spirit items to help raise money for the team. All of the typical stadium noisemakers such as thundersticks and stadium horns are always great choices. And what would a football game be without rooter pom poms for the crowd to cheer along with the cheerleaders. There are plenty of other spirit items and stadium items too, such as stadium cushions and mini footballs.

Booster club members are already hitting the streets and making phone calls lining up businesses to sponsor their team. I’ve already sponsored a few local teams in response to visits from team members. I believe that sponsoring our young athletes is a great way to give back to the community and help keep our youth in positive team settings.

If you are a business owner, please seriously consider sponsoring your local teams. Your sponsorships help to buy school spirit items such as mini footballs, stadium seat cushions, thunder sticks, and many other items that the booster club can sell to raise funds for their team. These spirit items also help to keep the fans cheering loudly for the players, which help get the team excited

Mini Footballs At Super Bowl XLVI

 
Mini Footballs

Mini Footballs

Well, once again, the Super Bowl has come and gone. The long anticipation of the 2011-2012 season led us to the World Champion New Giants. Congratulations to Eli and Company for the exciting win in the 4th quarter.

This doesn’t, however, mean that all football stops. Indeed not. Now kids of all ages, including those “older kids” of 30 or 40 or even 50 years old, are now

throwing footballs with their fathers, their brothers, their friends, and their sons. Mini Footballs that were caught or bought at the spirit items booster clubs from previous football games are now being tossed all around the house breaking lamps and getting kids in trouble. Football excitement is higher than ever. It will eventually dwindle down only to pick up steam again toward the beginning of August when high school football season begins. Then the excitement will ramp up even further when College football starts. Will it be yet another SEC National Champion next season? I hope so.

So all of you kids (a.k.a. Dads), if you break a lamp throwing footballs around the house after your wife has already fussed at you, just blame it on your son. So now we just have to wait another year for the next Super Bowl. Congratulations again to the Giants as well as the Giants fans (of whom I’m sure many are still hung over from the celebration last night).

How To Make Money From Football Games With Mini Footballs

 

I’m not talking about betting here but making money by throwing out mini footballs. Football season is starting this month for many high schools so now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity. Mini footballs typically come in either a 6″ plastic size or a 7″ vinyl size. The vinyl is, of course, softer, and is only a few cents more per ball. The main idea is to have some promotional mini footballs printed with your logo printed on one side of the football and a special offer printed on the 2nd side. You definitely want to put an expiration date on the special offer, so someone doesn’t try to redeem it years later. Here are some ideas and some examples that other businesses have used in the past:

  • Smoothie chain: Bring in this football for a FREE smoothie of your choice.
  • Oil & Lube Shop: Bring in this football and receive an oil change for only $10.
  • Nail Salon: Redeem this football for a FREE manicure.
  • Hair Salon: Bring this football for FREE standard hair cut.
  • Restaurant: Bring this football in for a FREE appetizer.
  • Restaurant: Redeem this ball for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE entree of your choice.
  • Grocery Store: Redeem this football for a FREE Grocery Tote on your next shopping visit.
  • Bar: Bring this in for a FREE draft beer.
  • Convenient Store: Redeem this football for a FREE fountain drink.
  • Bank: Bring in this football and receive a $20 deposit with any new checking account.
  • Print Shop: Redeem this football and receive 100 FREE business cards.
  • Hair Salon: Bring this in to receive $20 off any hair coloring.
  • Restaurant: Redeem this for a FREE kids meal with adult entree purchase.
  • Fitness Center: Redeem this football for a FREE 2 month membership.
  • Massage Therapist: Bring this in for a FREE 10 minute massage.
  • Fast Food Restaurant: Redeem for a FREE small order of fries.
  • Church: Bring this in to learn how to receive FREE eternal salvation.
  • Sandwich Restaurant: Redeem this ball and receive a FREE 6″ sub with any purchase.
  • Car Dealership: Redeem this ball and receive FREE oil changes for 1 year with car purchase.
  • Bank: Redeem this and receive a $500 discount on closing cost for home mortgage.

If you notice the examples above, the majority of the offers have a common theme: FREE. Free gets people in your door. Once they are in, it’s up to you to up sell them or cross sell them. Ideally, they will have a great experience with your business and become a regular customer. Mini footballs are cheap and schools love getting them donated. The cheerleaders will gladly throw the footballs into the crowd each time their team scores. The fans absolutely love catching the footballs and will love it even more when they see the great offer printed on the football. Don’t be afraid to give away products or services for free, just have a plan on what you will do with those customers when they come into your place of business to redeem their coupon. This is a great opportunity to market your business and bring in loads of new faces into your business, so make sure and take advantage of this and make some money!

A Look at the Top 5 Selling Mini Footballs

 

Well, college basketball has ended and NBA basketball is coming to an end soon and it is already time to be gearing up for College and High School Football.  It’s only a few short months away.  With that being said, here are the top 5 selling Mini Footballs for booster clubs and football teams.

  1. 6″ Plastic Mini Football – The 6″ plastic mini football is the biggest seller simply due to the price point.  These are thrown out in mass by cheerleaders at middle school, high school, and college football games.  These footballs have no frill.  They are what they are.  A football. 
  2. 7″ Vinyl Mini Football- The 7″ vinyl mini football runs neck in neck in sales with the plastic mini football.  It is only a few cents more per football but shipping costs are increased because they are larger in size.  These, in my opinion, are far superior than the plastic mini football because they are larger, softer, heavier, and they throw much better.  Also, they have an air valve so you can add more air to them if you wish.
  3. 7″ Foam Mini Football – These foam mini footballs are great giveaways when you want a more premium item.  The cost is about double that of the vinyl mini footballs so these aren’t meant to be thrown out in mass but they work well for end of the season gifts for players or for birthday parties. 
  4. Football Hacky Sacks- These little 2″ football shaped kick balls are great cheap giveaways for kids (or adults) to play hacky sack.  The price point is low enough to give away to larger crowds and give you lots of marketing exposure. 
  5. Mini Signature Footballs – Mini footballs with an autograph panel are great for sports events that will feature a pro athlete.  These footballs are also great for end of the year team parties so each player can sign the balls for their teammates.

Whatever type of mini football you should decide to go with, the important thing is that you show your team spirit and have some sort or spirit item to give the fans.