IMPORTANT UPDATE: High demand and supply chain challenges are affecting football equipment availability, especially for football helmets. Please secure your equipment ASAP if you haven't already.
You’ll also find information below about optional and required equipment for games and practices. Returning players can typically re-use equipment for several years depending on age and condition. Players are responsible for their own equipment.
List of required and optional equipment below, more info on helmets at the bottom.
If you need a helmet, we urge you to get one now - see "Procuring a Helmet" below. If you wait you may not be able to get a helmet, and without a helmet your player cannot practice or play in games. If you find a retailer does not have helmets available we have provided some used options below.
If you have a helmet today and plan on re-using it for 2022, no need to purchase a new one. We do urge your player to try it on now to ensure a proper fit. If you need a replacement helmet, read below.
If your son played in 2021 and is not playing in 2022, please consider donating it to a Saints player who may need it. If you don’t know a family to donate your helmet to, we are happy to accept it as a donation and store it for potential use by Saints players who may need them. Please see below for information on helmet donation.
Players only need one helmet which will be used for both practices and games
If you need a helmet the first and suggested option is to purchase a new one from a major retailer. Our players wear a variety of helmet brands, we generally recommend Riddell. See list below for major retailers our players typically purchase helmets from:
If you’re unable to purchase a new helmet there are some used options, listed below:
If available please see if the used helmet has been recertified by NOCSAE.
This is the last resort but we will try to pair you with a donated helmet from another Saint family. Please email us for availability or reach-out to Saints players you may know is not playing in 2022, typically those players who have aged-out of the program.
If you have a helmet to donate, please email us and include the following information:
We will then contact you with next steps for donating your helmet. Please keep it until you hear back from us.
Please note: The Naperville Saints will not sell helmets donated to us. If we collect more helmets than are needed they will simply be stored and available for use by other players as needed. If there are helmets left over after the 2022 season we will either continue to store them, donate them or dispose of them depending on quantity and helmet condition. The Saints do not typically manage equipment for players, we are making an exception for 2022 given the helmet supply challenges. We will ask those receiving a donated helmet to sign a liability release.