All players must wear a helmet and facemask. The helmet should be secured by a properly fastened chin strap with snaps. The helmet should never be used as the primary point of contact as in tackling, spearing, or butting. The helmet must be approved by the NOCSAE.
Mouth Guards are mandatory for all players. They are available at most sporting good stores and very easy to fit.
|Jerseys must cover all pads and other protective equipment worn on the torso and upper arms, and must be tucked into the uniform pants throughout the game. Jerseys that reach the top of the pants in length, but are tucked up under the bottom of the shoulder pads are not legal. Tear away jerseys and short jerseys are illegal.|
|Shoulder Pads…Players must wear shoulder pads that fit properly. Many times players want to wear larger pads to give the illusion they are bigger. This is not safe – ill fitting shoulder pads do not protect the player effectively. Shoulder pads should be worn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Bicep pads may be worn on the upper arms. If the bicep pads are attached to the shoulder pads, they must be fully covered by the jersey.
Forearm Pads are auxillary equipment that may be worn provided they are sanctioned by the referee as being soft, non-abrasive, or of a non-hardening material and may be anchored on each end by athletic tape.
|Rib Protectors/Flack Jackets may not be mandatory but players should consider wearing this protective equipment.A child’s organs are more likely to be injured when playing contact sports because their rib cage is not fully developed; therefore, this type of protection is very important.Rib pads and back protectors must be fully covered by the jersey.
Pants must be worn over the entire knee area and must cover the knee pads.
The safety tips listed on this site are not new, as a matter of fact, they are the same rules already in place for the NJSIAA, NCAA, and the NFL. These rules are in place for a reason and must be enforced by the referees and coaches.
Some data taken from NJFOA Points of Emphasis & NFL Uniform and Equipment Rules