Uniforms and Equipment

In order to maintain affordable league registration fees, the KYFL re-uses equipment from season to season.   Please read through this section and pay attention to proper care of all issued equipment.  Keep all equipment clean and maintained and return everything at the end of the season. 
 
Equipment / Uniform List
Each player is issued the following equipment for use during the season:
 
Issued prior to practice
  • 1 mouthguard (see instructions on package to mold to player's mouth)
  • 1 blue belt (Do not cut belts!!  See note below)
  • 1 girdle
  • 5 pads for girdle (2 hip, 2 thigh, 1 tail)
  • 1 white practice pant (with knee pad and thigh pad pockets)
  • 2 pads for pants (2 knee)
  • 1 blue or gold practice jersey (yellow numbers)
  • 1 helmet w/chinstrap
Issued prior to start of season
  • 1 game jersey - white
  • 1 game jersey - blue
  • 1 game pant - gold
  • 1 game pant - blue (for A-division players only)
  • 1 gold belt (Do not cut belts!!  See note below)
NOTE:  DO NOT CUT BELTS!!  If the belt that was issued to your player is excessively long or short, please see your team's coach or equipment manager and they will adjust the belt or re-issue a proper fitting belt.
 
Mandatory items that are not provided by the league:
  • Shoes - players should wear proper-fitting football style non-metal cleats. 
  • Athletic cups / Sliding shorts
  • Undershirts / Socks
Equipment Assembly & Configuration 
For those of you new to youth football, getting the uniform and equipment assembled can be a daunting task.  Here are the steps and some pointers regarding getting your child geared up.  A football uniform is designed to pad most of the contact areas on a players body.  To get your child ready for play, start by assembling the girdle.  The girdle is essentially a pair of stretchy knee-length "shorts" that have pockets for pads in them.  The girdle has a pocket on either side for the hip pads, in the front of each leg for thigh pads and a pocket in the rear for the tail pad.  Put each of the pads into the proper pocket.  The pads will fit tightly so be careful not to rip the girdle.  Once assembled, the player will put the girdle on over a pair of "sliding shorts" and/or an athletic cup (recommended and not provide by the league).  Now put the belt in the pants and fit the knee pads into the proper pockets on the pants.  The player will wear the pants over the top of the girdle.  Again, the fit will be tight.  Tighten the player's belt.  The player will likely prefer to wear an undershirt of some kind under his shoulder pads.  Place the shoulder pads over the undershirt.  Tighten and lock the laces on the chest portion of the shoulder pads and attach the elastic bands from the back of the shoulder pads under the arms to the front of the shoulder pads (using the latches to "lock" the bands in place).  Now pull the player's jersey over the shoulder pads.  The helmet should be put on by the player holding each side - fingers around the side chin portion of the helmet, thumbs in the earholes.  Angle the helmet so that the forehead is facing the opening and slide the helmet on the head.  Fasten the chinstraps, strap on some socks and shoes and your player is ready to hit!
 
Equipment Care and Washing Instructions: 
Please adhere to the following care instructions for all league-issued equipment:
 
Jerseys / Pants:  See attachment below (kyfl uniform care instructions.pdf) for detailed instructions.
 
Helmets:  Use only small concentrations of standard dish soap
  1. Brush off any clumps of dirt with your hand, then wipe the entire helmet with a dry cloth
  2. Wipe down the helmet with a wet cloth soaked in warm, soapy water.  If necessary, use a soft brush (lightly) for hard-to-clean spots.
  3. Dry with a clean cloth
  4. Put a little bit of hydrogen peroxide on a clean cloth and wipe the chinstrap and inside/outside of the helmet to disinfect the helmet. 
  5. Let it air dry 
Mouthguards:  If your child's mouthguard has become damaged or parts are missing, please see your team's coach for a replacement.  Mouthguards can be cleaned as necessary with dishsoap and rinsed with water.
  • To mold the mouthpiece, immerse it in boiling water for about 30 seconds.  Immediately place it in the wearer's mouth against the upper teeth.  Using your thumbs, press the mouthpiece up and back ensuring that the molars are covered.  Bite down firmly (but not hard) to make a custom impression on the bottom of the mouthguard.  Place the tongue against the roof of the mouth and suck out the air and water until a tight fit is obtained around the teeth.  When satisfied with the fit, remove the mouthguard and place it into a stream or bowl of cold water.  Once it it cooled, re-assure a proper fit.  If not satisfied with the fit, repeat the steps.  If necessary, trim the ends and corners of the mouthpiece for proper length and comfort.
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George Mueller,
Aug 3, 2011, 9:52 AM
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George Mueller,
Aug 5, 2010, 7:46 AM