Youth Football Equipment Day

out their equipment for the upcoming season. There are usually a couple of opportunities to get your gear. Most organizations recycle their equipment year in and year out, but a few elite programs purchase new equipment every year.

Most organizations provide at a minimum the helmet, shoulder pads and some type of uniform. The helmets should be certified and reconditioned every other year and each helmet should have a sticker with the date the certification is good through. The certification is best if done from a reliable company such as Ridell or Shutt. Make sure to check the helmet for this verification sticker and do not accept any helmet that does not have this on it. I have heard some of the organizations with money order new helmets every year.

When getting your child fitted for the helmet make sure to watch the process carefully. Hopefully the club has a responsible, knowledgeable person fitting the helmets on the kids, but watch the process just to make sure. The proper way for a helmet to fit is firm. You want no movement from the helmet around the head. It needs to be firm and not be able to slide up and down or left to right. The front pad needs to press firmly against the fore head, while the jaw pads need to have no space between them and the jaw bone. Check the back of the skull area, making sure the padding in the helmet fits it snuggly and firm. These are general guidelines and by no means a complete guide, so please make sure to check with an expert to confirm the helmet is fitting your son correctly.

Shoulder pads are the next piece of equipment to look at make sure they are fitting your son correctly. A simple test is to lift up the plastic pad portion and verify that the soft pad area covers the entire shoulder. Next check all the hardware to make sure there are no pointy screws or metal pieces sticking out. Next check the ufabet สมัครเว็บพนัน clamps to make sure they fit well and review the straps confirming they are in good shape.

Most of the other equipment you may receive is rib guards, girdles and pads for the pants. I would give it a good look over and if you don’t like the quality of the equipment, feel free to buy your own at the local sporting goods store. There are inexpensive options for good quality pads.

In concluding, do not be in a rush when picking up your football equipment. Likewise, don’t be a pain in the rear, just make sure everything fits right. It will be a hectic day, so you will have to take on this responsibility yourself.

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