If you are getting your youth ready for their first season on a football team, it can be very helpful to understand the types of football equipment that the child will need. Almost all of this equipment is devoted to safety, which for parents, is a very good thing. We have all read or heard stories about the importance of safety on the football field. Making sure your child has the equipment he or she needs to stay safe on the field is of utmost importance. So educate yourself as a parent or guardian before the season starts, and make sure that your little (or not so little anymore) on has everything necessary to play safely.
The first category of youth football equipment, safety-wise, is head and face protection. The helmet is, of course, the most popular and visible type of equipment in this regard. It prevents head injury and is essential. It also requires a face mask, the cage type piece that fits across the front of the helmet, protecting the nose, mouth, and eyes. A chin strap helps hold the helmet securely to the face and should always be properly fastened. Finally, the mouthpiece keeps the player from knocking their jaw together, thus preventing broken teeth and a bitten tongue.
The second type of safety football team equipment protects the body, and padding makes up most of it. Players will wear elbow pads, knee pads, rib pads, shoulder pads, thigh pads, tailbone pads, hip pads, and butt pads, if not more. These should be properly inserted and secured inside the (often padded) football pants, which are designed with a special material that also helps disperse the force of a blow to reduce injury. Along with padding, players should wear an athletic cup that is secured independently or as part of the pant system.
Proper shoes are important, too. They should be the right size and have proper cleats, to ensure the player has a firm grip when they run.
Other football equipment helps not with safety, but training. For youth, a ball is usually sufficient, but older players will want more in-depth training options.