Football uniforms don’t just identify players in a team, they also help build morale and encourage camaraderie. Kids’ football uniforms in particular can generate enthusiasm and excitement that encourages youngsters to get involved and play the game. They also inspire a feeling of pride for the school and help kids remain positive.
Perhaps incredibly, it has been proven that shiny, new football uniforms can do more than just make kids feel good. A number of US high school football teams have turned from losers to winners after revamping their uniforms, showing how football uniforms can help establish an identity and basically achieve a morale makeover.
While it’s a good idea to have basic uniforms for kids to play in when they train and practice, it’s the team uniforms for kids’ football matches that really matter. When they go into a competition feeling good about themselves, not only are they likely to play better; they will have more fun and will gain more as individuals.
Of course there should also be trophies to inspire extra effort and team spirit. These may be in the form of cups and shields, and might include floating trophies for annual football events. Printed award certificates are ideal for less important matches and for recognizing improvement and commitment to the game.
So how do you go about establishing an identity for kids who play football?
Uniforms Will Establish and Identity for Kids Football
The first step is to decide what uniforms kids should be asked to wear for football. Color is important, but doesn’t necessarily need to match school or college colors. More often than not there will be more than one team and they will have matches amongst themselves. So if each team has it’s own color and identity, this offers an additional opportunity to build positivity and a sense of pride.
Basic items required will be a team jersey and pants that can either be designed with pads, or if not, worn over pads. Adding the team name and logo, as well as the player’s name and number to football jerseys increases that positive feeling of pride. It is these items that will feature the team colors most prominently.
Additional items required as part of kids’ football uniforms include:
- A tough, regulation-standard football helmet with a facemask that will protect players’ faces from possibly injury during play.
- Shoulder pads that will absorb the impact if a player collides with another player, and neck rolls that reduce the impact if there is a head-on collision. Pads are designed to protect the shoulders as well as chest, back and collar bones; rolls reduce the possibility of serious neck injuries.
- Athletic supports that should be worn by all male football players, regardless of age. These protect the genital area from possible injury.
- A custom-fitted mouth guard that will protect a player’s teeth.
- Football shoes with cleats that provide both foot and ankle support. It’s important that shoes fit properly. Socks may be the same as color as the rest of the kids’ football uniform.
- Gloves are optional, and not commonly worn by all kids playing football.
Thompson’s Sporting Goods and Trophies is a Savannah-based store that offers the full range of custom team uniforms and team trophies. We have everything you need to kit out players for kids’ football matches.