No one helmet system will adequately protect all head shapes.
Regardless of the brand and styles you choose, all helmets must bear the NOCSAE approval seal and warning label.
The following general items should be considered when selecting a helmet:
- A helmet must fit snugly to protect the player. A loose-fitting helmet cannot provide
adequate protection. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and procedures.
- A properly fitted helmet is supposed to be snug. It should not move independently.
ADULT HELMETS (RIDDELL)
|Small||up to 6 1/2||up to 20 3/8″|
|Medium||6 1/2 – 7||20 3/8″ – 22″|
|Large||7 – 7 1/2||22 -23 1/2″|
|X-Large||7 1/2 and up||23 1/2″ and up|
YOUTH PADDED HELMETS (RIDDELL)
|X-Small||6 3/8 – 6 1/2||20 3/8″|
|Small||6 5/8 – 6 3/4||20 3/4 – 21 1/4″|
|Medium||6 7.8 – 7||21 5/8 – 22″|
|Large||7 1/8 – 7 1/4||22 3/8 – 22 3/4″|
|X-Large||7 3/8 – 7 1/2||23 1/8 – 23 1/2″|
Please note sizing varies by helmet style and manufacturer.
General Helmet Fitting Tips
- Recommend to your players that when fitting day approaches, each player should have their hair cut to reasonable length. Extremely long hair is very unsafe and makes it hard to properly fit a helmet. In addition, helmets should be fitted when the player’s hair is wet to simulate perspiration.
- Have a sufficient supply of different sized jaw pads handy.
- Measure the player’s head and record the size on your loan sheet. You can use this measurement as a starting point in select the helmet.
- Use both a head sizer and a cloth measuring tape, measure the circumference of the player’s head. This measurement is taken by measuring approximately 1″ above the eyebrows. After the measurement, refer to the helmet manufacturer’s sizing charts to determine the proper helmet size.
It is imperative that there be some air in the bladder prior to fitting an air-sized helmet
- Have the player try on his helmet. Hold the helmet with thumbs in the earholes of the shell and fingers pointing toward the helmet top. Spread the fingers and bring the helmet down toward the forehead at a slight angle with jaw pads first touching at the temples. Roll the helmet back slightly and bring it down straight into position.
- Check for proper “positional” fit by placing your hands on the top of the helmet and pressing down. Pressure should be on the crown of the head and not on the brow. In dual airliner helmets, make sure the exterior liner is pumped up and fit snugly.
- Check for helmet rotation by having the player hold his head and neck as stiff as possible, then placing your hands on the backside of the helmet, try to turn the helmet from side to side. The skin on the player’s forehead should move with the sweatband.
- There should be a distance no greater than 1″ between the eyebrow and the front of the helmet.
- The jaw pads should fit firmly against the face but not feel uncomfortable. After checking the fit, adjust the jaw pads to either smaller or larger size.
- Adjust the chinstrap to achieve a snug fit ensuring that it is centered.
- After the initial helmet fitting is done, it is extremely important to watch the players while they are practicing to ensure that a proper fit is being maintained.
- Check the helmet fit periodically throughout the season.
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