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Learn More About Youth Football Helmets

Find The Right Fit: Learn More About Youth Football Helmets

Keep your little ones protected while they play their hearts out on the field with youth football helmets from DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Wearing a helmet is an integral part of the game of football. Promoting player safety from a young age sets kids up for success as they continue the sport into adulthood.

Offering protection and playability, football helmets complete a players' uniform. Choose from a variety of colors and styles from trusted brands like Riddell®, Xenith and Schutt.

Shop our full selection of football protective gear at DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Learn more about the construction of your football helmet.

The outer component of a helmet is called the shell.

  • The shell is designed of ABS plastic or a polycarobonate alloy, designed to withstand aggressive contact.
  • Ventilation systems throughout the shell increase airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable when the game is tough.

Different types of padding are used to provide cushion within the shell. Padding is either pre-sized or inflatable. Remember, there should be no space between the temple and the helmet and the jaw and the helmet.

  • Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) foam does not require compression or a break-in period. This material offered by select brands and provides optimal impact upon shock.
  • Vinyl nitrile foam delivers efficient shock absorption that comfortably protects the athlete. This material may require a break-in period.

Facemasks can be purchased as a part of the helmet or an individual piece

Masks are typically composed of carbon steel or stainless steel. This device should be lightweight, yet durable. Consider the different facemask designs available:

  • Oral protection-only delivers clear field of vision, ideal for quarterbacks, defensive backs and wide receivers.
  • Jaw and oral protection provides added protection for blocking and hitting. Many running backs and tight-ends opt for this model.
  • Nose, jaw and oral protection is beneficial for linemen who encounter constant hard hits.
  • Consider eyeglass and oral protection with your helmet.

The right fit is critical for any football position. Follow this simple guide to determine your proper measurements and fit:

  • Have a friend or parent take your measurement to ensure accuracy
  • Place measuring tape 1 inch above your eyebrows and wrap it around your head. This is where the helmet will rest
  • This is your circumference. Once you have your measurement, use it to select a helmet size on the product page