Play Wedgie-Free & Without Distraction

Monica watched her 10-year old granddaughter on the softball field as she adjusted her uniform again and again, tugging at the bulky compression shorts that were bunching up under her uniform. The girl glanced around self-consciously each time to see if anyone noticed.

“She was totally distracted by those shorts that just didn’t fit properly,” Monica told us a couple of weeks after buying a pair of our Un-Dee Light Compression Shorts. Since she started wearing Dragonwing’s spandex shorts under her softball pants, Monica’s granddaughter “hasn’t picked a wedgie!”

Review: girls spandex compression shorts

That’s our goal: empower girls to play — and be — their best without being distracted by sports apparel that doesn’t fit properly.

Monica’s granddaughter loves the way her compression shorts fit: stretchy enough to move with her but not bulky like her old shorts from a big-box store. And the mesh side panels and moisture-wicking fabric meant she stayed cool under her uniform.

Now whenever they see another softball player tugging at her pants and picking at a wedgie, Monica and her granddaughter say, “That girl needs Dragonwing!”

Girls Rule: Sports Bra Anniversary

The sports bra will mark an anniversary of sorts on Thursday, July 10: 15 years after 20-year-old Brandi Chastain pulled off her jersey in celebration of her winning goal in the Women’s World Cup and fell to her knees wearing her (plain black) sports bra and shorts.

Brandi Chastain goal in 1999 Women's World Cup brought Sports bra public

Sports bras came into the public after that and today come in many styles and colors.

According to a history of the sports bra by Ladies Only Sports — a fascinating read — the first sports bra “prototype” was two jock straps sewn together. It’s no stretch to say that the sports bra revolutionized women’s sports, making it possible for women to play active sports without breast discomfort or injury. That’s been great for women, but until recently, girls (pre-teens and teens) had been left behind – that’s where Dragonwing girlgear comes in.

Despite the huge increase in girls’ sports, no one was making quality sports bras designed to fit girls’ bodies. Most young girls whose bodies are just beginning to developing have to wear multiple camisoles or t-shirts. Older girls are forced to look for small sizes in the women’s section.

Enter Dragonwing girlgear, maker of athletic apparel — sports bras, compression shorts, and sports camis — designed just to fit tween and teen girls, ages 8-17. Our sports bras and camis are designed for girls at all stages of development.

Racer sports bra for teen, tween girl

Dragonwing products differ from others on the market in that they’re made of high-quality fabrics that are meant for real athletes — moisture-wicking, seamless and tag-free to prevent chafing — and designed for movement without riding up.

Dragonwing girlgear sports bras give girls the fit, comfort, and performance needed to play their best, whether celebrating a game-winning goal, playing on a hot summer day, or changing jerseys on the sideline.

Keyhole sports bra for tween, teen, girl

5 Reasons Why Soccer Matters in the US

The US Men’s World Cup run may be over, but that doesn’t mean soccer will fall off the sports radar screen here in the US. Taking a contrary view to a recent Wall St. Journal piece on the inevitable US “soccer letdown” and even to the more hopeful Freakonomics podcast, here are 5 reasons why soccer will grow in popularity in the US:

1. Soccer is a global sport. Who better to embrace it than the US, a nation of immigrants and multinational individuals. We can cheer not only for our national team but those of our homelands, in my case, Italy. Or we can — and do — cheer for the teams of our temporarily adopted homes, places where we’ve lived briefly or for many years. If Hong Kong had a national team, I’d be a supporter, since I lived much of my early adult years there and it’s my children’s birthplace.

2. Soccer is intense, captivating, and exciting. Those who say it’s too slow or boring to be popular here don’t know what they’re talking about. You want excitement? How about Tim Howard’s amazing 16 saves. The final two minutes of a soccer game can be more intense than the 9th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. Take it from a lifelong Red Sox fan, what happens in the 9th inning can change the course of history. (As an aside, a 2010 Wall St. Journal study found that the average NFL game has a meager 11 minutes of action)

3. While there will always be individual star players, soccer is a team sport. No single player can carry a team for 90 minutes every game, and it’d be tough to build a franchise around a single player. The best teams depend on every player, not on a key player.

4. Some naysayers point to the “flops” as evidence that soccer players are too soft or that the game is not tough enough. Soft?! The level of conditioning necessary to run almost continuously for a full game is astounding. The precision, timing, and agility needed to play soccer are remarkable.

5. While the current World Cup is for men’s teams, let’s not forget the success of US women’s soccer. The US Women’s Team has won two World Cups — yes, 2! Players like Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow Cone (who’s also Dragonwing girlgear‘s spokesperson) , Abby Wambach, Heather O’Reilly, Alex Morgan, and Brandi Chastain are role models for girls at all levels. Attendance at women’s professional soccer league games is solid and growing, with sell-out crowds a regular occurrence for many teams.