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Silicone wristbands are a hit with charities, fundraisers, memorials, sporting teams, and family reunions — just to name a few. But people come in lots of different shapes and sizes, and so do their wrists. Silicone wristband sizing, especially when ordering for a large event, can be confusing.

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How big are wristbands?

Reminderbands® come in three sizes: large, medium and child, to make wristband sizing a cinch. The large bands are 8 3/8 inches around (21.3 cm) and will fit most adults and large-framed teenagers. The medium bands are 7 3/8 (18.7 cm) inches around and generally fit ages six and up, including most teenagers and small-framed women. The child bands are 5 7/8 inches around (15 cm) and typically fit children 4-6 years old. (Wristbands are not intended for children younger than four years old.)

Large

Fits most adults

Medium

Fits kids & teenagers

Child

Fits kids 4 to 6 years

Circumference

8 3/8″ (21.3 cm)

7 3/8″ (18.7 cm)

5 7/8″ (15 cm)

Width

1/2″ (1.27 cm)

0.4″ (1 cm)

0.4″ (1 cm)

Thickness

0.08″ (.2 cm)

0.08″ (.2 cm)

0.08″ (.2 cm)

If measurements aren’t helping you, try printing this document, cut out the strips of paper and try them on to see how the size fits. (When you print, be sure to scale at 100 percent). Keep in mind that silicone wristbands do stretch to get on the wrist, but wristbands shouldn’t stretch while they are on the wrist.

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Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG bands originally popularized the silicone wristband as a way to raise money for cancer. Although the popularity of the LIVESTRONG cancer bracelets have since faded, use of wristbands among sports teams and organizations have remained a great way to create awareness, build team unity, or remember personal messages.

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Here are some ways sports teams and clubs have used wristbands:

* Remember a fallen teammate

For examples of how teams used wristbands after tragedy to honor and memorialize fallen teammates, click here and here.

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* Show support for a cause or build awareness

A team unified not only in uniform but in awareness bracelets makes a bold statement and uses the notoriety that comes from sports for a great cause. For an example of how the Utah State University football team raised awareness for Hurricane Katrina victims, click here.

* Fundraise

Selling wristbands can be a great way to raise money for your team — to cover travel expenses, go towards equipment costs, or support a team member who can’t afford to play. Here is one example of how a sled hockey Paralympian used wristbands to fund training. Relay teams also used wristbands to raise money for an upcoming race.

* Personal reminder

Whether it’s a reminder of different plays, a personal reminder of family, goals, etc, or a subtle message of encouragement, a message at one’s wrist keeps focus on what’s important when playing the game.

* Build school or team spirit and unity

Wristbands are a great way for teams, schools, families, local residents, and fans to build solidarity and show support. Ohio Northern University used wristbands to intimidate the other team, motivate players and ultimately beat their opponent.

“The wristbands played a major role in our win,” said the head coach.

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* Support someone

If a teammate, fan, family member, coach, friend or school administrator is going through a challenge or difficult time, wristbands can be a great means of support and way to show love and appreciation, on the field or off.

For example, when an elementary school student was diagnosed with cancer, her soccer teammates began wearing “Strong as Steele” cancer bracelets on their ankles whenever they played. The wristbands were also distributed to the community.

* Tournaments and competitions

Wristbands can be a great way to commemorate competition or tournament participants, or demonstrate support for competing factions, teams or countries, even in competitions as big as the World Cup or the upcoming Olympics.

* Celebrate successes

Wristbands can be used to reward team players and supporters with a long-lasting, wearable reminder of their hard work.

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For more ideas of how to use wristbands in sports, check here. Or read the following recommendations from Reminderband wristband customers:

“This was my 2nd year ordering bracelets for my son’s college roller hockey team and I had put off ordering a little too long (the delivery date was for the middle of their national tournament). I spoke with one of your customer service reps who told me that he’d try to push my order to gain a day. I am pleased to say that my order came almost 2 weeks early! Thank you so much!!”

“I am a swimmer and I purchased Reminderband wristbands at a swim meet. I really like it. It’s PINK! It reminds me how much I love to swim.”

“What a fantastic tribute to a beautiful girl! The Norsettes Dance Team want to thank Reminderband for helping keep Sarah’s memory and love for dance alive!”

Amanda from Wabash, IN

“I recently purchased Reminderband wristbands for our Junior Hockey Team Vancouver Giants. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of ordering and how fast I received shipment.The fans we sell these to at games LOVE them! I would highly recommend Reminderband wristbands to everyone and I will definitely be ordering more in the future. Great job! Thank you.”

John from Vancouver, BC
“I have purchased Reminderbands for two different events: a literacy Scrabble tournament and a girls’ youth basketball fundraiser. I am very pleased with both the quality and price point. They are an easy fundraiser item and I would definitely purchase and recommend to others.”

Jean Rice from Hampton, VA
“I had the best experience ordering with [Reminderband]. I needed these bands in a hurry for a ceremony with my son’s travel baseball team. I needed them also shipped to the hotel. They were perfect: the quality of the bands were great, the fact that they came in a rush and to the destination I needed them to be. I can’t say enough good things. I will use your company again and again. Thank you a million more times.”

Gloria from Brooklyn, NY
“I love that you can order individual bands at a reasonable price! I ordered for my daughter’s national volleyball team and they came out great! My son loves his, too! Quick turnaround and a prompt email when I needed to make a change to my order. Good communication. I’ll be back!”
Jeannnie from Highland Heights, OH
“We used Reminderbands for our softball playoffs, and I needed 100 more in a week. They were delivered on time, it was a pleasure ordering and I will recommend this company.”
Tara from Carlyle, SK
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Reminderband® silicone wristbands are made of 100% industrial strength polished silicone. Silicone is a synthetic compound designed to be heat and allergy-resistant and durable. Making wristbands from silicone ensures that they will not break or tear easily and can be worn for months (or even years!).

Why not rubber?

Even though silicone wristbands are often referred to as “rubber bracelets,” most aren’t made of rubber. Rubber wristbands and bracelets that are made of rubber break much more easily and wear out much faster than silicone wristbands.

How high is high-quality?

Many wristband companies contract with independent Chinese factories to make the bands. Using multiple factories means that quality can vary from order to order. Reminderband works with its own production team to produce its wristbands to ensure and guarantee high-quality wristbands. Reminderband also conducts research and production tests to make sure the silicone wristbands are of the highest quality, and every order is double-checked to ensure wristbands are of the highest quality, both with silicone and customization.

Reminderband wristbands are also made thicker than wristbands produced by other companies, meaning that they break or tear less easily and are thus stronger, longer-lasting and more durable. Silicone is also tested across batches to ensure color and quality are consistent.

What about decorations and customizations?

Reminderband customizations also use high-quality silicone and are built to last long.

Debossing, for example, is the process Reminderband uses to etch phrases and logos into custom silicone wristbands. Letters and symbols aren’t just printed on the surface, but are instead molded into the silicone of the wristband for a clear, durable message.

Color-fill uses the same high-quality silicone that Reminderband wristbands do. The phrase is debossed into the band, and then the etching is filled with silicone of another color. The two silicones bond permanently, so the wristband stays clear, sharp and colorful and, unlike painted bands, will not chip, crack, fade, or peel.

Reminderband also backs the quality of its silicone wristbands with a guarantee: “All our wristbands come with a 30 day money back guarantee, if you are not satisfied with the quality of our wristband.”

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2013 was a big year for Reminderband and those using wristbands to support, educate and remember. Looking back, here are some of our favorite news stories from around the world involving wristbands:

Cedar Hills honors lung cancer survivor,” Cathy Allred, Daily Herald. A city recognized a resident’s efforts to build awareness of lung cancer while battling the disease.

Firefighter widow receives message from Mormon husband of eternal family,” Heather Hemingway, Chron. A wristband brings hope to the family of a deceased firefighter.

Always play smart, sometimes play fast,” David Buchanan, The Ledger Independent. How a football team used wristbands to make the right plays.

Wristbands provide incentive for better performance at Land O’Lakes High School,” Jeffrey S. Solochek. A student-designed incentive program uses wristbands to motivate students to get on-track for graduation.

UG students wearing pinkwristbands to mark week against bullying,” Orangeville Citizen. In Canada, a school district uses wristbands to encourage students to stand up against bullying.

Thunder Quartet hosts fit clinic,” NIck Gallo, Oklahoma City Thunder. Four Thunder players helped promote healthy living to nearly 50 children from the Kickapoo Tribe.

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