|Southington Knights Travel Football and Cheer – Helmet Policy
It is the policy of the Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer to provide the youth in Southington with the opportunity to play tackle football. The league takes seriously the safety of the youth playing the game of football and as such provides equipment which meets the requirements of safety identified in the industry.
The purpose of this policy is to identify a process for parents to purchase helmets for their children while ensuring that the helmets meet the safety standards for the protection of the player. Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer league supplies helmets that meet NOCSAE standards for all of its players. The helmets currently used are the Schutt DNA Pro Plus & are 3 star rated per the May 2014 ratings on the Virginia Tech Helmet ratings. All helmets are reconditioned on a bi-annual cycle to ensure safety.
If a parent or guardian would like to purchase their own helmet for their child to wear while playing for the Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer the following must be followed:
Petition the board for approval-
The parent must ask permission of the board through the Vice President. They shall provide details of the helmet they are purchasing, where they purchased the helmet and once purchased must provide proof of purchase.
The helmet requested must meet NOCSAE standards
The helmets Virginia Tech Study Star Rating must exceed the Star Rating of the helmets provided by the Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer Program. http://www.sbes.vt.edu/helmet.php
The parent/guardian will bear all costs associated with the helmet and bi-annual reconditioning.
The helmet will be collected and stored throughout the offseason with all the helmets owned by the Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer league.
The helmet fitting must be approved by the leagues Equipment manager and fit the player per the manufacturers guidelines before used in play.
The helmet and facemask must match the colors of the helmet and facemask currently worn by the Southington Knights Travel Football & Cheer Program (Royal Blue Helmet non matte or metallic & white facemask)