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Here you will find useful links and information that will help you answer most of your equipment and safety questions!

 

1. Equipment:

The Dunlap JFL will supply your participant with a helmut, chin strap, shoulder pads, game jersey, game pants, practice pants, belt, hip pads, tail pad, thigh pads, knee pads and a mouthpiece.  (If you purchase a mouthpiece, it can be any color except White or Clear and must have a strap or string that can be attached to the facemask.)
Parents are responsible for an athletic supporter with cup, socks and football shoes.  If a special mouthpiece is needed for a player with braces, you are responsible for that.  (you can usually get one from your orthodontist)
If your equipment is broken, missing or faulty, please notify one of the coaches immediately.

2. Clothing:

Wear light colored clothing during hot days.
In cooler weather, please dress appropriately. 

3. Hydration:

Hydrate!  Hydrate!  Hydrate!
Drink Plenty of water throughout the day.
Have them bring a jug or a couple bottles of water to practice.
Limit fruit juices due to high sugar content.
Eliminate soda- mild diuretic (causes the body to lose water)

4. Nutrition:

Eat Healthy- fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc.
Do not eat a big meal within an hour before practice
Eat dinner after practice or an hour before
If hungry before practice, eat a light snack- fruit, yogurt, granola bar.

5. Practice:

Please have them at practice 15 minutes early to allow enough time to be ready and dressed as soon as practice starts.  We begin practice with stretches and warm ups that decrease the chances of injury at the start of each practice.
Contact one of your coaches if your player is not going to be able to attend practice.
Playing time during the games can be limited beyond required amount for missed practices.  We prefer not to do this but this is a team sport & an un-prepared player increases every ones chance for injury and the ability to support the team.

Examples of Excused reason for missing practice
Family Emergency
Illness
School work

Examples of Unexcused
Detention
Don't feel like going

Remember football is a team sport in which you are counting on 10 others at any given time to know what they are suppose to be doing.  You cannot be properly prepared with out learning the fundamentals of the game.  Do not miss practice!

 

The following are some useful links!

 

1.  How do I mold the Mouth Guard?

2.  How do I put on football equipment?

3.  Helmet Fitting Guide 

4.  Proper Shoulder Pad Fitting

5.  Stay Hydrated!

6.  Nutrition Game Plan- Eat Before You Compete!