How to Put on Football Equipment

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Football equipment typically includes cleats, thigh pads, hip pads, butt pads, shoulder pads and a helmet. Find out how to put on each piece of football equipment with help from a football coach in this free video on football equipment.

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Hi my name is Jesse Shale, and I am the head football coach here at Miami Christian School in Miami, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you how to put on football equipment. It all starts with the important most important piece you have probably got, which is your feet it is going to take you wherever you are going. If you look down here we have got our person is outfitted with some cleats, as well as his socks. If you ever go out and buy new pair of cleats, and you are going to work it out at football you probably want to make sure that you are doubling up on your socks. You want to prevent blisters, and that is one of the ways that you can kind of make sure that that does not happen. From there you are going to move to the pants. Now this player already has his pants on, but in your pants you have the slots for the knee pads, thigh pads, we have also got hips pads, and a butt pad. And other slots inside your pants for some of these. You may have to go out and purchase a girdle, which is like another pair of pants in which you can put some of those pads. Or some options have with the belt that you can slide those pads on to the belt itself. So that is kind of how the pants come together, and these are very important pads, because they protecting a lot of your big muscles in your legs. Now we move up to the chest area, and if our player will go down and pick up his shoulder pads. The shoulder pads are well some might call your armor, your protection. And you go ahead and just put those on as you would maybe a sweater or pullover. There is a couple clips, go ahead and spin around, there is a couple of clips here in the back. And once a player gets use to using these he will know where to reach for them. But both of these clips are going to go under the arms, and come around to the front. So I'm going to turn him around. Both of these clips are going to come under, and around. So go ahead an put your arms out. There's slots in the front depending on what kind of shoulder pads you have got, but there's slots in the front for the pieces to go into. Some of them have these little metal slots like this, some might actually just have a little button that it slides over. You get both of these, and you put them into the slots. What I like to tell my players is if it does not feel tight it is not tight enough. You are going to have a lot of people trying to move your shoulder pads around during the game, and so you need to get these as tight to your chest as you can while still being able to comfortably breath. If you have not already ties these laces, these laces hold the pieces together of the shoulder pads. You want to make sure those are good and tight as well. Some of them have little clips that you can tighten as well. After you have gotten this far then you check out our practice jersey. Now this is going to be a hard part sometimes for people to put on. The important thing is arms first. If you have already got your shoulder pads on, which is usually the way it is, you put your arms through the holes first. Then proceeding then you take the head hole, and stick your head through the head hole. You will probably need a teammate or coach to help you out in the final part, which is pulling on the back of the jersey over the top. Once you have gotten use to this you can actually put your jersey on the shoulder pads before you put the shoulder pads on. So it is just one unit to put on. Finally the helmet. The helmet, and I am going to tell you this right now. One of the most important things about your helmet. This is meant to stay on your head so you want to pull these ear pieces apart in order to get this on your head, because after that it is going to hold tightly on your head. Once you do that it is simply a matter of strapping up the straps, and making sure your mouth piece is in. And so we have just been talking about how to put on some of your basic football equipment. This has been Coach Jesse Shale, thanks for watching.

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