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Equipment Questions

What about uniforms?

All registered players will be issued uniforms at the beginning of the season.  The uniform consists of a shirt, shorts, and socks.  Shoes and shinguards are also considered to be part of the uniform, but are not supplied by Region 158.

Players are expected to be dressed in the complete uniform for each Saturday game.

What size ball does my child need to have for team practices?









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Remember: all balls should be properly inflated, so that they can be slightly depressed with both thumbs.

What are soccer cleats? Do players need them?

Soccer cleats are not required by the region, but they will provide better traction for the athlete than standard tennis shoes.  They are not the same as baseball cleats (which have a spike at the toe). They are available at most sporting goods stores, many shoe stores, and many discount stores.

What are shin guards? Do players need them?

Shin guards are an essential safety device, since the shins (and ankles) are generally the part of the body closest to the ball (and thus often to other players' feet). They generally include some kind of plastic covering the shins, and often the ankles too. They should be worn to all practices and games. They are available at most sporting goods stores.

According to an article in the Summer 1996 issue of Spotlight on Youth Sports
, a newsletter of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports states, “Shin guards are a necessary piece of equipment to reduce soccer injuries to the lower leg.” That's why AYSO requires their use in all practices and games.

In reference to a study cited in the Penn State Sports Newsletter, the article states, "Shin guards worn during soccer matches can reduce the force delivered by a kick to the leg by 44 to 77 percent, depending on the type of protective guard worn."

After ankle sprains and knee strains, shin injuries are the third most common injury in soccer. This type of injury commonly occurs when players attempting to kick the ball strike each other instead with a strong, cleated kick.

To prove the importance of wearing shin guards, researchers tested 22 types of shin guards weighing anywhere from 2 to 6.5 ounces. A weighted pendulum device was used to strike test dummies wearing each type of shin guard. While heavier shin guards protected typically well, many other lighter versions also performed sufficiently well and would be easier for a player to maneuver with.

The article suggested that players look for a shin guard light enough to move around in, yet heavy enough to provide adequate protection. AYSO requires that all players wear shin guards during practices and games. This injury reducer is low in cost, yet high on safety!

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