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As EF coaches know, bases are important for optimal gameplay, but there must be some precautions taken to preserve the tweaked bases....

When I spoke with Joel Pritchard, he recommended I not keep the bases upright (especially with players on them) when I'm not playing the game because it can cause the prongs to go back to their original shape and lose their new tweaked form. So, he suggested I lay them on their sides...

My question to you more experienced EF coaches, is where do you like to store them? Is a tackle box (fishing) a good idea? What are some other places to keep those precious bases so you can transport them while keeping them protected? 

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7 minutes ago, BlueHen said:

he suggested I lay them on their sides

Joel gave you good advice. A tackle box is okay. Cigar boxes are classic box adaptations.  When I was a kid I used empty matchboxes. The type of box probably doesn't matter as long as the players aren't resting on the prongs.

I use Spacemaker boxes so I can decorate the box to match the team. Kind of like a Team Bus, or Team 747. My Metallians just played the Knights in White Satin.

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Enjoy the Journey     T43    🏈♾️

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10 hours ago, Terry43 said:

Joel gave you good advice. A tackle box is okay. Cigar boxes are classic box adaptations.  When I was a kid I used empty matchboxes. The type of box probably doesn't matter as long as the players aren't resting on the prongs.

I use Spacemaker boxes so I can decorate the box to match the team. Kind of like a Team Bus, or Team 747. My Metallians just played the Knights in White Satin.

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Enjoy the Journey     T43    🏈♾️

Nice. Thanks Coach. Yeah, I guess being creative about it too isn't bad, eh? There's probably more than one way to skin a cat (just for the record though - I don't condone cruelty to animals 😉).

 

BTW, who won that game. It looks like it took place on the frozen tundra of the Northern plains where the Knights feel at home. 🏈💪👊

3 hours ago, Daryl Collins said:

Love those decorations on the 747s! 
 

 

Right? When I played in High School, all we got were those big yellow cheese buses rolling down the street. These boys are travelling in style. 😎

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I posted this a long time ago (2020), but I here it is again.  I use jewelry/bead storage boxes from Michaels.com to store my teams.  I need three boxes to store each team (53 players in dark jerseys and 53 players in white jerseys plus 2 TTQBs and 2 stationary qbs.  I don't tweak my bases other than candling them, so I just store them upright (I know that's a no-no), but there is plenty of room in each compartment to place to players on their backs if you want to.  Don't know whether this interests anyone, but I've attached photos, so you can see what they look like.

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12 hours ago, RickLM30 said:

(I know that's a no-no)

It's only a no-no if you notice that your players have stopped performing as you expect. You're using single-clip bases and those prongs are incredibly strong. I've stepped on them and had them rebound to form. 

12 hours ago, RickLM30 said:

I don't tweak my bases other than candling them

That's about all I do also. (I make sure the prongs are pointing the right direction) I lay my players on their side because I've added an extra 2.25 grams of weight and I worry that the prongs might suffer on a hot day.

I enjoyed the pictures of your packers.  Enjoy the Journey.   T43.   🏈♾️

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