Multiple bars across the mouth and jaw area to prevent fingers from hooking or passing through
Horizontal bars, Open eye area, more peripheral vision
QB, RB, WR, DB, TE
Vertical and Horizontal bars, less peripheral vision
Taking it one step farther, different parts of those abbreviations usually have different meanings. Some of these meanings are specific to manufacturers. Below is a list of the typical sections of face mask abbreviations, and what they mean.
O = Oral
Protection and bars across the mouth, open cage without vertical bar
N = Nose
Protection across the nose, closed cage with vertical bar
R = Reinforced
Second, reinforcing bars across the top of the mask
J = Jaw
Bars extend lower to cover the jaw as well as the mouth
E or EG = Eyeglasses
Extra bars at the sides of the helmet to protect the eye area, often with reinforced bars across the top
UB = U Bar
aka horseshoe, bull-ring, vintage add-on, used to block facemask grabs
P = Protection
PO = Protection Only
K = Kicker
Made with minimal protection and maximum vision for kickers and punters
DW = Double Wire
An extra bar added across the center horizontal area of the facemask, like reinforced
SW = Single Wire
One bar running horizontally across center of facemask
Riddell - LW
Riddell - EG
Riddell – 2B
Short Face Mask Length
Riddell – 3B
Long Face Mask Length
Riddell - D
Double Top Bar
Riddell - C
Closed – Small eye opening
Riddell – N
Riddell - HT
Hockey Type mask with many horizontal bars across mouth
Riddell - 360
360 Helmet Style
Riddell - S
Speed Helmet Style
Riddell - SF
Speed Flex Helmet Style
How to Attach a Facemask
Each facemask will have a different method of attachment. Some masks may have a quick release attachment system.
Attach two facemask clips to the facemask, in between the reinforced upper bars of the mask, or on the single forehead bar. Place them on either side of the bridge of the upper bar, one on the left, and one on the right.
Attach two facemask clips to the upper bar where it connects with the jaw of the facemask, one on the left, and one on the right.
Place two T-nuts through the holes on the inside of the bonnet, pointing out through the forehead of the helmet.
Line up the facemask so that it’s centered on the helmet. Line up the facemask clips to the T-nuts. Use a long screw to secure the facemask clips to the T-nuts. Tighten enough so that the screw doesn’t fall out. Don’t over-tighten.
Take two T-nuts and place them in the slots in the temple area, making sure they are flush with the slot.
Match the upper jaw facemask clips, with flaps inside the mask area and not outside the mask area, with the T-nut in the helmet temple. Brace the T-nut with your finger on the inside of the helmet while placing a screw through the facemask clips into the T-nut.
Tighten all of the screws on the side and front to lock the face mask into place.
Facemasks may have between 4 to 6 areas that need to be secured, depending on the type of helmet.
You may also ask the Team Member at any of our Sports Authority service desks to attach your facemask for you, or provide a quick tutorial on how to fasten your facemask type.