Falcon Youth Football Association puts the safety of our youth first and foremost!
Youth Football Safety
Every parent/coach should check their child’s football equipment before all practices and games. Below is a checklist for checking youth football equipment.
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Here is a list of thing to keep an eye out for. If anything seems wrong, or you have a question, ask the coach and or the equipment commissioner. Youth football safety is a priority.
- Helmet fits the child’s head. To adjust the helmet you can pump or release air.
- Chin strap buttons lock into the helmet securely.
- Chin strap is adjusted to fit firmly on child’s chin.
- Mouthpiece is connected to the face mask. Keep in mind the mouthpiece needs to be molded to the child’s mouth and not be chewed up.
- Shoulder pads fit firmly on the child. Shoulder pad straps and clips must fit into the chest of the shoulder pad. Shoulder pad’s lace strings must be solid; the laces cannot be coming undone.
- Rib guard fits firmly on the child. Not too tight not too loose.
- Hip and butt pads fit into pants and are secure. They should not shift while running.
- Pants must have no rips. Thigh and knee pads must fit into pockets securely. The thigh and knee pads need to cover the thigh and knees, no sagging!
- Belt fits, loosens and tightens easily.
- Cleats laces should be tied. Laces need to be solid, not coming undone.
It is important that the athletes have equipment that is fitted properly and securely. Make sure you check with the child’s coach to make sure the equipment is fitted properly.
YOUTH FOOTBALL SAFETY RESOURCES
Click on the links below to open .pdf materials on safety promotion
YOUTH FOOTBALL SAFETY VIDEOS
Watch the following videos that describe how to fit your child's equipment, football safety promotion, and the "Heads Up" program followed by FYFA coaches.
YOUTH FOOTBALL SAFETY SITES
Click on the links below to be directed to additional web sites about
football safety promotion
"HEADS UP" CONCUSSION AND
HELMET SAFETY APP
The CDC HEADS UP Concussion and Helmet Safety app will help you learn how to spot a possible concussion and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
The application also includes a 3D helmet fit feature that teaches about proper helmet fit, safety and care.
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CONCUSSION SAFETY APP
CDC HEADS UP Rocket Blades!
3-2-1 Blast Off! CDC’s Injury Center has developed our first-ever mobile game app on concussion safety for children aged 6 to 8. Through a futuristic world of galactic racing adventures children can learn the benefits of playing it safe and smart!
The app aims to teach children:
- the different ways the brain can get hurt during sports activities.
- how important it is to tell a coach, parent, or other adult when an injury occurs.
- the importance of taking time to rest and recover if they have a concussion.
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(The app is currently only available in the Apple App Store. An Android version of the app is coming soon.)