Be sure your shoulder pads are made from hard plastic and have thick padding. Also, it is very important that your shoulder pads are fit properly. Shoulder pads that are too big or too small can result in injury.
Wear one! All football leagues require one, anyway. We recommend that you get a mouth guard with a keeper strap attached, which will allow you to attach your mouth guard to your helmet. Otherwise, you may lose your mouthguard, or it could fall and become damaged during the game.
Pants & Leg Pads
Be sure you have padding in place over your hips, thighs, knees and tailbone. Also, it is important to be sure that your padding is properly secured, because if your padding comes out of place, you can get hurt very easily.
Be sure that you have a cup that is sized properly and is strapped firmly into place. Loose straps or tight cups can cause testicular injuries.
You will want to comply with the rules of your league when it comes to your football cleats. Once again, fit is important. Wearing shoes that are too big can cause you to trip and can cause unnecessary chafing. Shoes that are too small will cause blisters and can even lead to problems such as bunions.
Other Protective Gear
You can wear additional padding and protective gear, depending on your needs and the position you play. Ask your coach about forearm pads, padded neck rolls, flak jackets, and gloves.