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Riddell Store Open through June 17

Riddell Equipment Store

Access Code: 5737AABE

Purchase helmets and shoulder pads directly through Riddell, shipped to your home.

Items will be available to try on at Equipment Fittings on 5/22 and 6/12.

The Riddell store will close on 6/17

Equipment needed to play youth football in the ZYFA Grades 4-8:

- White Helmet with exterior warning label which meets the NOCSEA standards

Helmets need to be new in the past 2 years (2023 or 2024 Initial Season) or reconditioned in the past 2 years (Recertified for 2023 or 2024) to be NOCSAE Certified, along with being 2015 or newer (10 year shelf life). 2014 or older are now expired. Your helmet may say “annual recertification required somewhere on the helmet” – This is a manufacturers recommendation, but only needs to be reconditioned/recertified every 2 years to be NOCSAE certified.

(If either the new or recertified sticker came off the back, there should also be a sticker located on the inside of the shell.)

If you need to get yours reconditioned/recertified, or if you are unsure and want us to look at it for you, please bring it to the fitting on 5/22 and we can look at it.

We will be doing a bulk reconditioning order through Riddell for $50 per helmet after shipping. The helmet needs to be turned in on the 5/22 equipment fitting along with a check made payable to Zephyr Youth Football to have it back in time.

Otherwise you are welcome to reach out to other reconditioners to have it done on your own. A few other reconditioners are:

Continental Athletic Supply, Gridley, CA

Schutt Reconditioning, Salem, IL

Athletic Equipment Repair, Milwaukee, WI”


- Mouth guard
- Shoulder pads

- Athletic supporter with protective cup
- Cleats (metal cleats are not allowed)

Game jerseys and navy blue football pants are provided for each player and are theirs to keep.

Most retail outlets have people who can help advise you on a proper fit for football equipment. Here are some guidelines when selecting helmets and shoulder pads.


  • Make sure ear holes are centered with the helmet’s ear openings
  • Eyebrows should be 1 to 1 ½ inches below the helmet’s edge
  • Jaw pads should follow the contours of the cheek
  • Rotate helmet side to side. Forehead skin or hair should move with the helmet but shouldn’t slip
  • Face guard is 2 to 2 ½ finger widths from the tip of the nose
  • Vision should be 180 degrees left to right and 75 degrees up and down

Shoulder Pads:

  • Weight measurement. Figure out weight and convert to a chest size
  • Laces are centered and pads fit tightly
  • Caps on the outside of the shoulder pad extend 1/3 to halfway on the arm
  • Shell padding extends ¾ to 1 inch beyond the AC joint when arms are a the athlet’s side
  • 2-3 inch space between the shell padding and the neck
  • Arches adequately cover the pectoral area
  • Motion isn’t impeded. Should be able to raise and lower his arms without the pad riding up into the neck opening

These equipment guidelines are suggested by Billy Rice, a national promotion manager and speaker for directors, football coaches, equipment managers and athletic trainers regarding equipment and safety. 

Complete equipment guidelines can be found on the USA Football website: