As a new league one of the toughest tasks that we faced involved purchasing equipment.
We have to safety is always our first and primary concern but we still have finite budgets and had to do our best to balance those two items combine that with the vast selection of helmets and shoulder pads that are available on the market and the task becomes even more daunting.
Ultimately we selected Riddell as the supplier for our helmets. Riddell is the official helmet supplier to the NFL and partnered with USA Football.
All of our Might Mite and above teams will play helmets that have Riddell Revolution® Concussion Reduction Technology which according to Riddell research shows a 31% reduction in the risk of concussion in players wearing a Riddell Revolution football helmet when compared to traditional helmets.* Neurosurgery, February 2006, Vol. 58, No.2
Similarly Riddell will provide our shoulder pads as well.
We have also decided that our helmets will be refurbished every two years in keeping with suggested guidelines for youth football. This means that every helmet will be tested every two years to ensure that it continues to meet National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standards. We have also decided that under no circumstances will we refurbish a helmet more than 5 times. We will ensure that our entire helmet stock is replaced over a 10 year period, regardless of a helmets ability to pass inspection or not!
We will have an experience equipment manager trained by Riddell fit your childs equipment. We will also have all our coaches trained by Riddell to ensure they are able to review your childs equipment on a regular basis.
If you notice any issues with your child's equipment please bring it to the attention of your head coach who will make arrangements to have it corrected. Please do not alter any equipment with consulting with your head coach or the team equipment manager.
Feel free to ask question about equipment at any time. The only silly question is the one you don't ask!
Any questions about Riddell products and our choices to purchase them can be addressed to:
Youth Sales Central Florida