Tips and advice when buying American football equipment
Buying American football gear for the first time can be overwhelming. What protective gear is necessary? What do I need to consider? We are here to guide you through this step-by-step guide to making informed decisions!
Most importantly – Invest in quality equipment that fits well and provides good protection! This is crucial for both your safety and performance on the football field. Don't rush the buying process, and seek advice from experienced players or coaches if you have any doubts or questions. If you wish, you can always turn to Contact Sports with your questions and concerns.
Understand the basics
Start by gaining a basic understanding of the sport of American football. Learn the positions, rules, and what the various pieces of equipment do. This will help you make well-informed decisions.
Make decisions based on position
Depending on the position or role you have on the team, you will need specific equipment. For example, linemen will need more protective gear, while players like wide receivers or quarterbacks may prioritize speed and agility.
Safety should be your top priority, so it's wise to invest in high-quality equipment such as a helmet, shoulder pads, mouthguard, and a cup (if you're male). These items are crucial for preventing injuries.
Ensure that your equipment fits properly. Ill-fitting gear can be uncomfortable and less effective in protecting you. Make sure to get assistance from experienced staff who can help you with adjustments. You can check out our Sizing Guide here..
Football equipment can vary widely in price, so it's wise to have a budget in mind.
Do your research
Look up reliable brands for football equipment. Read reviews and ask for recommendations from experienced players, coaches, or teammates. Quality is crucial when it comes to safety and durability!
Your helmet is one of the most important parts of the equipment. It should fit snugly and provide proper protection for your head.
Shoulderpads come in various styles and sizes. Choose pads that are suitable for your position and ensure they provide sufficient protection to your shoulders and chest.
Football shoes are designed for grip on the field. Look for shoes that provide good support and fit comfortably.
Practice jersey and pants. Gloves. Body protection. In addition to your game-day equipment, consider purchasing training gear such as a jersey, pants, and gloves. These don't need to meet the same safety standards as game equipment, but they should still be comfortable and functional.
A properly fitting mouthguard is crucial to protect your teeth and prevent concussions.
Gloves in American Football can vary widely- from thin light gloves for skill players, to think gloves with extra padding for Linebackers, Runningbacks, Offensive and Defensive Line players. It is recommended to know which position you are going to be playing and make a decision on gloves after.
Depending on your preferences and position, you may want additional accessories such as a towel, or a visor for your helmet. These are optional but can enhance your performance and comfort.
If you're playing on a team, check with your coach or team manager for any specific requirements or guidelines they may have for equipment.
Maintenance and care
Once you've acquired your equipment, take good care of it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and maintenance to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.
Try before you buy
If possible, try out the equipment before making a purchase. This helps ensure that it fits properly and is comfortable. Contact Sports is present at many of the major American Football events throughout the year with their products and also regularly visits associations within SWE3 where you have the opportunity to try out different brands and sizes.