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We here at Hunting understand that having good, properly outfitted equipment is essential to athletic performance as well as for protection. Football is a contact sport, and injuries may occur regardless of how good your gear is, however having gear that is in good, sound shape is a responsibility we take very seriously. That being said, it is an expectation that athletes take care of their gear throughout the year, and report any damages or ill fitting gear while in their possession.

Helmet

Most players will be utilizing a helmet that has been previously used from seasons past. Our equipment managers inspect these helmets at the beginning of the year, and at the end of the year to ensure they are in proper working order. Periodic spot checks in the locker room are also performed, and adjustments are made accordingly. If you prefer that your son/daughter have a new helmet, there are options to purchase your own prior to the season starting. A standard helmet with face cage may run from $350-400.

A helmet must fit snugly to protect the player. A loose-fitting helmet cannot provide adequate protection. A properly fitted helmet is supposed to be snug. It should not move independently.

Football Canada Disclaimer / Warning: No helmet can prevent serious head or neck injuries a player might receive while participating in football. Keep your head up. Do not use this Helmet to butt, ram or spear an opposing player. This is a violation of the football rules and such use can result in severe head or neck injuries, paralysis or death to you and possible injury to your opponent. Contact in football may result in concussion-brain injury, which no helmet can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness or memory, dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion. If you have symptoms immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer and parents. Do not return to a game or practice until all symptoms are gone and you have received medical clearance. Ignoring this warning may lead to another and more serious or fatal brain injury.

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads are designed to provide maximum protection to the shoulder blades, the collarbone, the collar bone-shoulder blade joint and the ball portion of the upper arm bone. They allow for a maximum range of motion and they are fitted to the athlete’s exact specifications to provide total protection. Shoulder pads come in a variety of sizes for different sized athletes. Some also are designed for high impact (linebackers), while others are designed for mobility (quarterback). Regardless of the purpose the pads will always be fitted according to the athlete's dimensions.

Hip / Thigh / Knee Pads

Hip pads have been developed to protect the, tailbone and pelvic area. Quite often we issue hip girdles which allow for maximum protection while preventing any unwanted shifting during a game. This ensures that padding remains where it is needed.

Hip and knee pads are placed in the player's practice or game pads in the fabric slots provided in the pant. These pads are lightweight, and made of foam / plastics to provide protection. Knee pads do not prevent knee injuries from occurring, they merely protect the knee cap from hard contact.

At anytime you feel that your son/daughter’s equipment is not properly fitting, please notify a coach, or equipment manager to ensure a proper fit, please do not make adjustments at home.

Borrowing Equipment

There are numerous football contact camps all over Alberta during the off season, and as such, participants are required to supply their own personal gear for the camps. We understand this requirement and will lend out equipment specifically for these camps. Please contact the equipment manager before the season ends to ensure they know who is taking what.

Hunting Hills Bantam Football Program : Hunting Hills High School : Red Deer Alberta