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What Do I Need?

WHAT AYFC PROVIDES

Helmet

    The most important piece of equipment you wear during football is the helmet. AYFC tests and reconditions our helmets every year to ensure the remain compliant to all youth and football safety standards before we issue it out to one of our players. Because of this, only AYFC issued helmets are allowed for our players.

     We keep helmets for 5 years (the expiration of a football helmet is 10 years) before replacing them with the newest Schutt and Riddell helmets. Using two different brands allows us the best possible fit for your head since the heads of our youth players come in all shapes and sizes!

     We ensures your helmet fits properly by measuring and validating each one we provide by utilizing USA Football's Equipment Fit training that every coach undergoes.

Shoulder Pads

     Not as important as the helmet but still critical to your safety are your shoulder pads. Once again, only AYFC issued shoulder pads are allowed to worn by players in our program. Our trained coaches will measure you for the best fit.

Other Issued Equipment

AYFC also provides you with practice football pants (with all the correct pads built into them) as well as a game shirt and game pants.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Footwear/Cleats:

     While they are not required/mandated by our rules, cleats are necessary in football. If you purchase screw-in cleats, the screw-in cleats can not have any metal in them. Most cleats today are all molded rubber. Football cleats are not a must, but they do provide more support than a soccer cleat.

Mouth guard:
     
     All players must wear a mouth guard while playing. It must be in their mouths before the snap or the team is penalized (FCYFL takes this very seriously).

   There are a lot of football accessories available. Some will enhance your experience from a protection standpoint, but others just look cool  and are not required.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

Here is our take on some of the accessories available:

Arm pads/hand pads/elbow pads:
      We do not recommend nor discourage the use of these. It really depends on what your child thinks they need after they have been playing for a few practices. We don't suggest purchasing any of these until after your child has played a few practices. Certain positions benefit more from certain additional padding (arm/hand pads for linemen, elbow/rib pads for backs). Too many times, parents buy these pads and the kids don't end up using them.

Protective Cup/Athletic Supporter:
      This is not required by FCYFL and is up to the player and your parents if you feel that you need that protection. Unlike baseball, hockey or lacrosse - there are no smaller, fast moving projectiles that can injure you during a game or practice so some of our players choose against one.

Gloves:
     Another popular item that the kids love because they look cool, but they may or may not improve your child's performance, safety or comfort. Many coaches don't want kids that handle the ball to wear gloves. Linemen really don't need them. Think carefully before you buy gloves.  They might end up only wearing them in the yard to play catch with their friends.  For cold morning games, some type of gloves might be helpful.  Check with your coach.

Face Mask Shields:
      Another item that has been made popular by the NFL. FCYFL rules state that shields can be used but must be clear. They can not be tinted in any way.

     Hopefully, you find this helpful before you spend money on items that you don't need.  As always, we are happy to discuss any of these or other items with you.

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