Beat Type1 Diabetes Down with Kaiya and the Ruffnecks

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

The Ruffneck Scarves team is honored to walk with Kaiya in the annual "Beat The Bridge"/ JDRF walk in Seattle to raise money for the fight against juvenile diabetes.

Help us in the fight against Type1 diabetes.

Buy Kaiya's Scarf (100% of proceeds goes to JDRF)

For the first 9 ½ years of her life, Kaiya Castellanos spent most of her time doing what girls her age typically do. She went to school with her cousins and friends. She enjoyed art and writing poetry. She played soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Kaiya spent most of her time outdoors being active on her bike, pogo and rip stick. She loved to go hiking and fishing with her dad, mom, and older brother. Kaiya was also very loving, helping her mom and dad to welcome several foster children into their home. Other than doing a few chores around the house, Kaiya was living a carefree life.

On March 6, 2017 Kaiya was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. When Type T1D strikes children, it is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting and blood-glucose testing, and a lifelong dependence on injected insulin. Insulin is not a cure, and it does not prevent against the possibility of serious complications such as kidney failure, blindness, and stroke.

Kaiya is still the same fun loving active girl, but now testing her blood-glucose 6-8 times a day and receiving 4-5 insulin injections a day. By the time Kaiya reaches the age of 68, she will have endured over 198,560 finger pokes for blood-glucose testing and suffered through over 99,280 insulin injections.

Donations will help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation continue to bring life-changing therapies to the T1D community until they can find a cure for this serious autoimmune disease. 

Help fight Type1 Diabetes with your purchase of Kaiya's scarf. (100% of proceeds go to JDRF)

You can also donate directly to JDRF by clicking here

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What's the Best Message for your Soccer Scarf

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

We all know the vital impact soccer scarves have on their respective clubs; why else would practically every club and country on the planet make them?  But what message should you convey on your team’s scarf?  While the choice of colors should be pretty straight forward based on team colors, and the overall design should reflect the type of personality that your team has, what about the actual physical statement made on the scarf?  Here are some tips in conveying an effective message through a soccer scarf:

First off, you want this statement to be short and sweet.  Remember, one of the big impacts that scarves make is on the players themselves.  A struggling player looks towards the stands for fan support.  Realize these specific players may be up to a hundred yards away from this scarf.  If you’ve got a full list of accomplishments and accolades about each player on the team, chances are the font will have to be so small that your players will never even know what they say.  You want a simple statement that can be printed large and clear, so that everyone in the entire stadium can see when a fan lifts their scarf and holds it out wide.  Something like “Go Cats” or “Ram Pride” is ideal.

A big piece of importance regarding a scarf’s message is that you want it to be general enough to encapsulate every facet of the team as well.  Thus, the club’s name or mascot is often an ideal choice.  Specific statements about opponents or a particular game aren’t ideal.  You certainly don’t need to mention any other teams, and scarves made for a single game are only good for major professional matches like the FA Cup or World Cup Final where they carry a memorabilia-like quality, but aren’t feasible for a high school championship or playoff game. 

However, one good idea for listing such an achievement would be if your team were state or division champions.  You could write “2015 State Champs” and the fond memory would inspire players and fans for years down the road.

Another valuable message is a popular team chant for your club.  “Go Bulls Go” or “Let’s Go Spartans” is the type of scarf message that inspires players, rekindling the reassuring spirit of hearing fans urging you on.  Additionally, such a message would also help urge fans to chant more.  As we see in the beautiful game time and time again, when the fans truly get behind a team and sing and chant throughout the game, anything is possible.

Basically, it all boils down to what message you to see on the custom soccer scarves, which will both inspire the players and be a fun, engaging slogan for your club.  In most cases, it really is the simplest and most straightforward statement.  However, toy with a couple ideas that would potentially work.  Also know that our Ruffneck Scarves staff can help provide feedback for your ideas and help with the design process from start to finish.  Remember, with the right message and spirit, your soccer team can go on to do great things!

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Should Your Team Do a Scarf Fundraiser?

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Felecia Clow | 0 Comments

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5 Things to Consider When Designing Your Custom Soccer Scarves

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

Designing your team’s soccer scarves can be a blast!  Tap into your creative side as you play with the various types of scarves and fabric styles, mixed in with your team colors and a variety of team chants that you think reflect the core values of your club.  It can be a delightful experience and one that can produce great product representing your team.  However, concocting your own style of scarf can be a tall order.  There are countless things to take into consideration; what is your team’s overall image?  What type of scarf will likely sell the best?  What should your scarves say?  Fortunately, Ruffneck Scarves has a team of experienced designers to help produce the top quality scarves you covet for your soccer club.  But of course you will certainly want to come into this world with some idea of what you want to create.  Here are the 5 most important things to think about when making your scarf designs:

  1. Team Colors – Most soccer teams have just 2 or 3 colors, and your scarfs should probably stick close to that number as well. This isn’t time to get too playful and make a vibrant work of art!  Besides, if your scarves have just as much of the opposing team’s colors as your own, who are the fans really supporting in the stands?  You want to use the scarf colors to clearly depict your team or school.  This way, there’s no confusion as to who’s rooting for who, and they’ll look better too.
  2. Design Style – Also important is the general aesthetic of the scarves. Designs like argyle, classic bar, checkered, and others call back to different types of teams and institutions.  For example, a preparatory school may want to display the diagonally focused argyle style to show a bit of distinguished flair, while an amateur adult league team may prefer the checkers, reflecting more of the hardworking ethic they espouse on the field.  It’s all up to personal preference, but you certainly want to appeal to your fan base.  Often the standard bar style is the safest way to go.
  3. Message – Many soccer scarves include a written phrase or team chant. This can be great when fans hold up the scarves and stretch them wide, revealing the message for all to see.  The best phrases are the simplest because they allow for the largest font.  Something like “Go Tigers” is way better than “The Tigers are the Best Team Ever” because people across the field may actually see what’s written on it!  Be sure to keep the message true to your team identity.
  4. Type of Scarf – Another thing to think about is the kind of scarf you want to use (yes, there are more than 1!). The traditional jacquard knit scarf is the most affordable, and features the team crest woven directly into the fabric.  Meanwhile the embroidered scarf enables the crest to be sewn in, providing higher definition.  The lightweight HD summer scarf utilizes sublimated printing to offer practically any design or image you want on to the scarf.  However, the scarf won’t be keeping fans terribly warm!  Consider where you live and what’s more important for your team’s needs.
  5. Scope of Fundraiser – It’s wise to think about the business aspect of your fundraising endeavor when designing your team’s custom scarves. What may look really cool to you might not sell.  You want to bring forth a scarf that not only looks great, but that also speaks to the club’s history and makes fans want to own one.  These things can be accomplished together with a little forethought and help from Ruffneck Scarves.  Happy scarf designing! 

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5 Reasons Why a Soccer Scarf is your Best Friend

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

We all have best friends; those dear associates we like to call first for our house parties, and those whom we always want around, whether its at our wedding or perhaps even at the hospital.  Great friends keep us happy and bring us through our lives with immense zest and enjoyment.  That’s the kind of relationship you end up building with your soccer scarf.  Surprised?  Well, here are 5 reasons for how a soccer scarf can become so close to your heart:

 

  1. A scarf ingratiates you with a specific club and its fans – Walk into a Manchester United fan pub bearing their scarf, and you’ll be welcomed in open arms. You’re one of them!  There’ll be song singing, joyous splendor, and great times.  Who knows, you may even make some new friends and start attending the fan club with regularity.  When you approach someone wearing the scarf of the team they love, they’ll immediately feel bonded to you.  It’ll be easier to strike up conversation and feel comfortable around their presence.  Just make sure you don’t walk into that bar with a Man City scarf! 
  1. Scarves accompany you to every game – Who are thinking of bringing along with you to the next big soccer match? Your best friend?  How about your scarf?  Of course the scarf is coming along.  You need to show off your team pride!  You want to hold that scarf up high and shout out the famous club chants while enjoying the breathtaking display that is soccer.  You want to wave the scarf around like a mad man when your team scores.  Inevitably you might just be clinging onto it nervous agony as your team fights to hold onto a slender 1-goal lead.  However you cut it, you will want to bring your soccer scarf to the match. 
  1. A soccer scarf keeps you warm – And at that particular match, it may be quite cold, and your voice could certainly go hoarse after a couple minutes of cheering the team on. Not if you have your scarf companion along with you!  Scarves were actually used long before the days of soccer to keep people warm.  You wrap them around your neck, protecting an area that is often exposed and can be quite sensitive to the cold.  Beyond just attending soccer matches, soccer scarves can keep one healthy and warm throughout the cold winter months as you go about your business…what are friends for? 
  1. A scarf is a fashionable accessory – Scarves are a fashion item, make no mistake about it. Fortunately, most soccer scarves are stylish enough to complement a range of outfits, especially if the colors match!  Many beautiful scarf designs such as argyle or checkered can look great alongside a wide variety of clothing choices.  Don’t people value their friend’s opinion when it comes to making fashion decisions?  The soccer scarf even helps with that! 
  1. Soccer scarves are with you through harrowing despair and joyous celebration – Needless to say, your soccer scarf will be with you through thick and thin. It’ll be by your side when your team batters the opposition 8-0, and you may just even throw it to the ground in wretched anger as your team blows yet another game.  But chances are that you’ll pick that scarf up again with pride and think fondly of your team, no matter what the score.  That’s what makes the scarf a truly special friend.  No matter what the scoreline, the situation, or what you’ve been through together, the scarf will be there for you to hold close no matter what.

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Women's World Cup Forecast

Posted on June 22, 2015 by Felecia Clow | 0 Comments

The US Women’s National Team (USWNT) entered the 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup knowing they were dealt a difficult hand in the group stage. The aptly named “Group of Death,” proved to be a formidable foe, but the Lady Yanks rose to the challenge securing their place at the top of Group D and into the round of 16. From day one the USWNT have been strong favorites in the competition, expected to make a deep run in the tournament. The results of group stage have left the US in arguably the best position to advance at the very least to the semifinals, but there are some critical matches that stand in front of the US and taking home another World Cup title.

Colombia has already stirred the pot, surprising everyone with a 2-0 victory over France in a spectacular display of determination and perhaps a bit of luck. But making assumptions from a statistical stand point, the US should handily beat Colombia in today’s illumination match, joining the other three “Dark Horses” (Germany, France, and Canada) in the quarter finals, where they will be paired up with China one of the weakest teams remaining in the competition.  

After falling short of qualifying in 2011, China’s National Team has taken new direction under Coach Hao Wei. They have held their own in the competition thus far; a great part from the help of former defender turned forward, Shanshan Wang who scored both in the 2-2 draw with New Zealand and the lone goal against Cameroon. But, despite fighting their way to the quarterfinals, the Chinese will be hard pressed to find a foothold against an experienced and technical US team.

It is in the semifinals where things will really start to get interesting for the USWNT. France’s early upset against Colombia has lead down a path that will match them with the overall tournament favorite Germany in the quarterfinals. Winner of the France v Germany match will be paired against the USWNT in the semifinals. Both Germany and France rank in the top five internationally, either will present an immense challenge for the US. We predict Germany will have the upper hand in this meeting, thanks to the world class goaltending by team captain Nadine Angerer who has allowed only two goals in this competition. If this is the case this quarterfinal pairing will be the match to watch, as the top two ranked take to the pitch.

The US has the depth and skill to match that of the German’s. The match will boil down to which team is more creative and can open up opportunities to take strike, which though Germany’s team is strong and technical I think has to be handed to the US team. They have already proven the diversity in strike force, not even including Abby Wambach who holds the international goal scoring record for a woman or a man, the USWNT front line has proven to be extremely powerful. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe will be one to watch in upcoming games. After netting 2 of 3 goals against Australia, she has proven her versatility is a dangerous force. We also expect Alex Morgan to spend more time off the bench by the end of the tournament. Resting an injury Morgan has only made short appearances thus far, but could be the necessary ingredient to the US victory over Germany.

If the ladies do make it to the final, we all will be in for a treat. Coming from the lower half of the bracket, home team Canada looks like a likely candidate to make it to the quarterfinals where their likely opponent will be Japan the returning WWC Champions. On paper Japan looks the better of the two teams. Coming in off a world cup high and doing expectantly well through group stage, Japan is already favored fourth in the tournament. There is however something to be said of home field advantage. The Canadians have the luxury of playing on their own turf. Swarms of adoring fans and local support at their back might be just enough to edge them through to the final.

Either outcome, Canada or Japan, will give fans plenty to cheer about. A final meeting of US and Japan will result in a rematch of the 2011 WWC, where Japan snuck one past to win the title. A Canada v US final will be the ultimate battle of the borders. Due to their close proximity, US fans have already swarmed across the border to cheer on the ladies in red, white, and blue. If the scenario plays out Canada’s home advantage will no longer be a factor, and playing for a packed stadium of enthusiastic fans is sure to result in a fiery match. But in the world of soccer, nothing is for certain. A match can change its course in the matter of seconds completely turning the tables on the rest of the tournament. No matter the outcome, the finish of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is sure to be a wild ride.

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Wherever scarves go, fans will follow..

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Jeff McIntyre | 0 Comments

The sporting world can often be a fickle one, where just as one team begins to make waves and win a few titles, a few players depart and suddenly the team plunges back into obscurity.  Sometimes, the opposite is true, and a team long forgotten begins to get back on track and start winning again, and a seemingly endless arrival of lifelong fans re-emerge.  It’s all part and parcel of the beautiful game.  However, there is one trick up the managerial sleeve that is a sure bet to win over the hearts of fans, and can often kick-start a resurgence of team support.  This delightful secret comes in the form of the soccer scarf!

Whether you run a high school, college, or youth club soccer team, getting fan support can be a major challenge.  Sure, parents and family might come out to the games, and perhaps an occasional alumnus will venture down to a match to rekindle old memories, but what keeps the sport truly alive is the fans.  Fans are there week in and week out, cheering the team on and supporting them through thick and thin. 

However, fans will only support a club or team that they find to be alluring and cool.  In order to present a proper image of a reputable soccer club, a team must have soccer scarves.  No club is complete without a scarf!  Scarves have been a part of soccer since the game’s inception, initially helping the fans stay warm and cozy in the stands despite the cold British evenings that surrounded the matches.

Later on, teams began outfitting their own brand of soccer scarves, designed to match the team’s appearance with similar colors, crests, and team chants.  Not only did this preserve the health of the fledgling clubs’ fans, but it helped spread the word about the game, bringing in scores of new fans who were inspired by the colorful scarves floating around town, which were especially prevalent on game days when match-goers would be in full gear!

A similar experience can happen with your own team if you embrace the almighty soccer scarf.  Games take on greater importance when there is a buzz around town, and casual soccer fans may head down to the high school for a big playoff match.  Fellow soccer enthusiast students will be inspired by seeing the scarves and decide to check out a game.  All these things will lead to greater support and a more vibrant aura come the match. 

The element of support is huge in soccer, even at the professional level.  Home teams typically fare better than road teams and usually come away with the points.  This is because soccer is a game about passion, momentum, and emotion.  When you have 300 screaming fans waving their scarves around like mad every time your team bears down on goal, you’d better believe that your players will respond.  These days, Ruffneck Scarves makes it easier than ever to get custom soccer scarves for your team and its fans, so be sure to inquire about how you can get your club to become a powerful force and one beloved by its hoard of loyal fans!

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