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Sizing and Fitting Guide

Football pants need to fit tight and comfortable, allowing a wide range of movement, while still having room for five to seven pads covering the following areas – hip, tail, thigh, and knee.

  1. Prep – Wear pants or shorts that won’t get in the way of the measuring process. Either form-fitting pants or loose pants that can be easily moved out of the way.
  2. To measure the waist, stand naturally and place the measuring tape just below the navel and wrap it straight around the waist, staying level. Don’t cinch in, and round up to the nearest inch. Viewing the measuring process in a mirror will help ensure that the tape is straight. Write the measurement down.
  3. To measure the hips, stand straight with the feet close together. Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips. Keep the tape level for an accurate measurement. Write the measurement down.
  4. To measure the inseam, it might be best to have help. The end of the measuring tape should be high against the junction of the thigh and crotch. Standing straight, feet slightly apart, the tape should go straight down the inside of the leg to the bottom of the ankle for full-length pants. For football pants, measure to the point below the knee where you want your pants to fall. Be aware that the length may shorten due to the addition of pads.
  5. If you choose to use pull-on knee pads that are not a part of the pant system, you may want the inseam and length to be a little shorter. If you use kneepads that are part of the pant system, you may want the length to be a little longer to keep them in place.
  6. Refer to the size charts of your preferred brand. Determine whether a player between sizes should size up or down depending on their growth. Remember that football pants should have a snug but comfortable fit.
  7. Belt Choices: Football pants will either come with an integrated belt, or will have loops for a separate outside belt. Integrated belts are harder to grab for opposing players, but they can’t be removed from the pants they’re integrated in. Outer belts are easier to replace if broken.

Game Pants vs. Practice Pants

Every player should have at least 2 pairs of pants. The first pair is for practice. These will end up seeing training drill wear and tear, so they should be durable and comfortable, but they are not as important as the game pants, as they won’t see the level of play that an opposing team brings. Many parents recommend using last season’s game pants as practice pants for the upcoming year.

The game pants will be worn less, but they will need to be in better shape to stand up to the rigors of the live game and last through the season. In terms of gear, getting the most durable pants will save money through 4 football seasons. Caring properly for game and practice pants will help stretch the duration of their use and keep them in good shape.

Pads and Positions

Football pants either come with 7 integrated pads or replaceable pads. Compression shorts beneath the football pants may come with 5 integrated pads. Players that expect to see heavy action, from quarterbacks to running backs to linemen may prefer thicker pads for better protection, or a layer of padded compression shorts beneath the football pants. However, smaller, lighter pads may be a good option for positions that rely on flexibility and speed. Know that the sacrifice is often between better protection and lighter, more flexible gear.

Non-integrated pants will come with slots in the waistband to insert one tail pad and two hip pads. There will be mesh pockets inside the pants for 2 thigh pads and 2 knee pads. Some players prefer to use pull-on knee pads as they don’t slide out of place as often as knee pads in pockets do.

Girdles

In football, the girdle is often a compression short – like those mentioned above. They can have extra padding for better impact protection, provide support like a jock strap, and have pockets to hold athletic cups. Girdles may also have pockets that hold the main pads for hip, tail, thigh, and knee for non-integrated football pants. They keep the protective pads from shifting. The compression gear girdles move with the body, stay secure, and have moisture-wicking and breathable properties.

Types of Body Pads for Football Pants

  1. Hip and Tail Pads: Most players land on the ground hip or tail first. Hip pads and tail pads are crucial for any position, but especially for running backs and receivers who may see ground contact more often. Hip and tail pads help prevent hip and bottom spine injuries.
  2. Thigh Pads: When tackling, many players aim for the center of gravity. This means aiming for the waist and thigh. Thigh pads are important for every position, as they protect against stray helmet and shoulder-pad contact during a tackle, preventing thigh strain or deep bruising. Foam thigh pads are lighter, and vinyl pads are heavier with better protective capabilities.
  3. Knee Pads: Knee injuries are some of the trickiest to heal, and knees are one of the most delicate areas of the body. Permanent damage to a player’s knees is a large risk factor in many sports. Good protection for an athlete’s knees is crucial in any activity. When integrated into football pants, it is possible for knee pads to move away from the area they should be covering. For that reason, some recommend using separate pull-on knee pads with a more secure fit. Regardless, knee pads must be secured in the correct positions when on the practice field or in game play.

Cleaning Body Pads

  1. If the pants, belt, and pads are integrated, hang them out to dry before putting them in the gear bag. If the pads and belt are removable, take them out of the pants and spread them out on a towel to dry.
  2. At home, toss the pads and belt into a clean, old pillowcase. Tie the top. Place them and the pants in the washer on a gentle cold water cycle with bleach-free detergent.  If integrated, do the same for the entire pant set.
  3. Remove the pads from the pillowcase. Air-dry the pads on a flat surface and hang up the integrated pants to dry. Do NOT put any pads in the dryer. It will cause them to warp. The non-integrated pants, belt, and jersey may be tumble-dried on low or no heat.