Your Guide to Choosing College Football Helmets

So you wanted to join your college football team? Well, more than just thinking of the qualifying games, there's another consideration which you just have to think of. You also need a college football helmet to get you through the game. Skills in terms of playing the football game are of course, essential. But come on now, you would not audition for the qualifiers in the first place if you do not know any better when it comes to how great you can actually play the game. Point is, skills are important. But you will never get far with skills alone.

Football is one of the most dangerous sports to play. With all of the literal and figuratively hard-hitting action that happens on field, nobody can predict which way the ball will roll. This is deliberately why football players get donned with so many gears that they can hardly be recognized beneath it. And you better trust that all of these gears are worn with major good reasons, especially college football helmets. Your head is the most important thing in the game and should be protected the best you can. So to be able to do so, it all starts with choosing which of the college football helmets will really fit you in all aspects.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing among the numerous college football helmets is the brand. Most helmets are considered safe and worth every penny because of the brand which launched them. You need to remember that college football helmets are made by specific companies only. Even if you happen to find other football helmets made by a company which is known for producing motorcycle helmets, that's not enough reason to buy the brand's football helmet. You will do better to choose among the college football helmets of known brands specifically in the sport itself. This will ensure that the helmet is designed for the conditions of the sport. As good as a motorcycle helmet is in terms of safety, no football player can possibly move around with ease while donning on one.

And since you're off to choosing the right brand among college football helmets, you should also check out the features each of these helmets have. Note that these companies do not just stop with producing their line of college football helmets. They continuously conduct researches to make sure that their products are kept up to par and that new scientific findings will be able to back up their actual product. Studies are being done in every sport to help players better themselves at it and as this is so, football helmet brands will certainly pick up on such results and make improvements and new developments here and there.

Lastly, try on the helmet before you wear it. While it's great that you probably get a football helmet as a gift, it's actually more recommended that you buy it yourself instead. Image football helmets are made in precision according to different …

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How To Put on a Successful Youth Football Camp

Football Camps For Youth Football Players

We do a one day camp in June or July. We have done week long and three day camps but now just do one day camps. Our goals for these pre-season camps are just to get a peek at what we have talent wise, get the kids to understand how they are to interact with the coaching staff and to have fun. We have an entire month to prepare for our first game, we can get any conditioning we need during regular football practice.

Conditioning this far out from the first practice and for such a short duration is counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish during the camp. We feel very strongly that with the very narrowly defined football practice priorities we adhere to, we can get our evaluations, base skills and schemes put in during the one month of football practices prior to that first game. We found much of what the kids learned in these football camps was forgotten once we started in August and often the kids were playing different positions, once the teams were optimized. We don’t put in any of our football plays or playbook in during these camps.

We found anything longer than 2 hours in one day was counterproductive, even for the older kids. We rarely got much out of the kids once we hit that 2 hour brick wall,especially if it was hot. We don’t go over 1 ½ hours for the kids under age 8.

We always bring in at least one NFL player in to do a little talk at the end of the Football Camp. We have also called the Nebraska Cornhuskers and got players to attend from their FCA group, most University teams are happy to accommodate you, all you have to do is ask. The NFL guys can often get NFL money to pay for caps, t-shirts and food, every time we invited a local NFL guy they did this for us. All they ask you to do is to organize the camp, get the kids there and do a press release to get the media there.

Our format has changed quite a bit, but this is the one we use now:

Group Dynamic Warm Ups

Group Stance and Starts/Cadence

Mini Group Fun Competitions/Evaluations: This is where we do all of our fun team evaluation

games/drills detailed starting on page 69 of the book. This gets the kids pumped up and enthused about being at your camp and playing for your team and tells us what we have and where most of the kids will play.

Skill Development Stations (No conditioning or frappy agility drills)

Team Hawaiian Rules Football- On page 80 of the book.

When finished with the clinic the kids understand how they are required to interact with the coaches. As coaches we have a real good idea of the athleticism of our team in general and where 80-90% of our starters will be playing. The kids …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Throwback Helmets

Have you been noticing the new yellow football helmets that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been wearing in some of their games this year? These are “Throwback Helmets” from the 1962 NFL Season. The NFL allows teams to wear uniforms that are not their current colors and logos in 4 home games, and 2 away games per year, as a break from their traditional “Black and Gold uniforms, the Pittsburgh Steelers are celebrating their proud past with this style of throwback uniform. The helmet is yellow, and has the older “Steel” trademark with the 3 colored diamonds and the word “Steel” instead of the team name Steelers. The 3 colored diamonds represent the famouse 3 rivers that Pittsburgh in famous for, in fact, their old stadium was named “Three Rivers Stadium”

The Steelers entered the league in 1933, and suffered through many losing seasons. They never won anything, until 1972 when they finally won the AFC Central and started one of the greatest dynasties in sports. The Steelers were the team of the seventies in the NFL, winning their division 10 consecutive years, and winning the Super Bowl 4 times. They became the first team to win back to back Super Bowls, and they did it twice in the 70’s.

Riddell manufacturers several lines of football helmets, and there are 3 different styles of these Pittsburgh Steelers throwback helmets available to consumers. The Riddell mini throwback helmet, the full size replica helmet, and the authentic Pro Line helmet, all of these helmets are available at NFL Pro Shops and team stores all over the internet.…

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Riddell Football Helmets – The Football Favorite

The head is one of the most crucial parts of the body. This is where our brain is lodged and as we all know, the brain allows for all proper body functions to follow suit. The worst that can happen when the brain is damaged is that motor functions will be affected such as walking and even eating. A person can risk losing permanent control of his motor system if it happens that he accidentally damages his brain. This is the reason why people always make it a point to have some protection on their heads especially when undergoing rigorous activities.

One of the most rigorous activities known to people is American football. Just thinking of the hard packed action brought about by tackling is more than enough to consider that sport as rigorous. It really is something that only tough people can handle. However, despite people being tough and all to be able to play American football, there still remains the fact that the head can only be as tough as a person’s skull can provide protection for it. Thus, football helmets are deemed extremely necessary. Regardless of how talented and how skilled a player is in football, without a helmet he would still be not allowed to enter the game field.

Riddell football helmets capitalize the innovation and uniqueness of its football designs. Above all else, this particular football helmet banks on its capacity to be able to protect the toughest players during the toughest football games. Riddell football helmets have a very unique design and feature which is continuously being developed through research and quality feedbacks from users. Aside from these, Riddell football helmets also rely on the latest scientific researches when it comes to head injuries so that they can surely provide players with safe and protective head gear.

An example of this is the recent effect of some new results found out about head injuries. Spearheaded by the charities of NFL, it was discovered that majority of the head concussions which players can possibly experience while playing football are actually caused by side impacts on the head. The usual notion was that the top or front of the head is the sensitive part when it comes to head concussions. From these substantial results, Riddell football helmets have developed a new line of products in the hopes of providing upgraded protection to football players.

The newest product which Riddell football helmets came out with is the RevolutionT. This particular helmet is developed to particularly minimize the risks involved in becoming a victim of head concussions. The helmet has been systematically designed via a computer and the structural changes are noteworthy of this helmet in the past 25 years of football playing. Moreover, the RevolutionT from Riddell football helmets will not just be available for professional NFL players. The new line is also set to be available to college and high school football players as well as other athletes from youth leagues. The helmet was also formed …

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What Happened In The UK In 1994?

Here are the biggest news, sport and entertainment stories of 1994…

English and Welsh people welcomed a change in the law meant that meant they could go shopping on Sundays. Since 1950 they had not been able to do so due to a law prohibiting shops opening at all on the traditionally holy day. Church groups opposed the move but both the people and the Government agreed that it was an outdated concept.

Britain’s first ever national lottery was launched to mixed reactions; some feeling that it was wrong to promote gambling and others simply loving the chance to win some easy money. The fact that a sizeable amount of money each week would be going to charities was enough to sweeten enough of the doubters though and, having got the go-ahead, the first draw was a massive success; the jackpot reaching over £7m.

Someone who won a personal lottery was the man to be given a ‘bionic’ heart. The media taking a keen interest in the pioneering operation, led by UK doctors in Cambridgeshire, which saw the world’s first battery-operated heart being implanted.

In the political world, people finally dared to hope for peace in Northern Ireland following ceasefire announcements by both the IRA and the Loyalists; the Conservatives negotiating at last seeming to have paid off. Despite that, it wasn’t a great year for John Major and company, though maybe they didn’t realize it at the time, as the little known, fresh-faced Tony Blair was brought in as the new leader of the opposing Labour Party; bringing with him talk of ‘change’ and a modernising agenda.

Sports wise in 1994, Britain missed out on the World Cup fun in the USA; the first time since 1938 that no British representatives had been at the event. Brazil won that competition, eventually overcoming Italy in the final on penalties, but much attention was still focused on Argentina’s Diego Maradona who had been banned mid-tournament after being caught taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs. With no home-countries football matches having any importance, it was an ideal opportunity for rugby union’s 5 nations to take centre stage. Wales dominated the tournament but were prevented from sealing a ‘grandslam’ by defeat to England in their final game.

Britain’s TV screens were lit up in ’94 by two familiar faces in new guises on BBC 2. Steve Coogan’s creation of the socially-inappropriate Alan Partridge being a big hit, viewers cringing as Partridge humiliated and vilified his guests on the fictional chat show program ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. The second BBC triumph being ‘The Fast Show’; created by Harry Enfield regular Paul Whitehouse, the program revitalised the tired sketch show format and launched a variety of catchphrases.

On the big screen, this was the year that saw Hugh Grant become a household name as a result of his starring role in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’; the same film also responsible for promoting the much loved / hated ‘Wet Wet Wet’ song ‘Love Is All Around’. The …

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports bring in big dollars every year on the major college level. These programs bring $30 and sometimes $40 million dollars per year to the universities and colleges and the players get nothing. These are the same players who are breaking their backs for the university day in and day out and can’t get a share of that money and, to me, that does not seem fair. I know what you may be thinking: that these student athletes are getting a free education or have gotten a scholarship to play ball at that university. To me, that’s the least they could be doing.

When I look at college football on Saturdays and see packed stadiums with cheering fans paying big money for a ticket I say, what business out there could run a company and not pay its workers? You would think I was talking about some Third World country! Pay the players now, please!

Think about this one: most of the college coaches get six figure salaries– big college programs and small ones. Some of these college coaches get shoe contracts, some get T.V. and radio contracts and many other perks along the way. Also, if they are a good coach and win games they will be offered another coaching job somewhere else with bigger money and larger perks! The student athletes get nothing and, to me, something should be done about that. Please pay the players now!

They will keep telling you that the athletes are getting the free education, free books, free room and board and the chance at a good college education that will last a lifetime. So what! Pay the players! I see this whole college thing as slave-labor! Coaches make big money on the backs of these players. You hear stories about college athletes taking money or getting paid under the table. You hear these stories of players getting cars and lots of cash, you hear stories of players getting all of this and more on the side. You hear about the player’s families getting cars and houses to attend that college program. This goes on all the time in secret!

Why do the players take this money and cars and houses for their families and much more? Well one reason is recruiting; some college programs feel that in order to get a major college recruit they have to offer these things. Some college programs (not all) have to give something to get these kids. Some of these players come from poor backgrounds, so for these kids to get some money is a big deal especially if the players and their families don’t have money anyway.

Being a college athlete is very hard. In the first placed the amount of hours that these players put in is a lot–every day of every week. They are in class all day then there’s practice after practice, they go eat dinner if they can and then go study. Now all of this may sound simple to …

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World Cup Promotional Products From South Africa

I have just heard about some promotional products I have just come across on radio 5 live. The interview that took place was about 19:10 GMT. The South African gentleman on the radio was talking about protective helmets and horns printed in the colours of all the competing teams.

I was compelled to do a Google search for the fabulous names I had just heard on the radio. I came up with Vuvuzela (pronounced booboozayla), Sockzela, Zazu & Makoya football fan helmet.

The gentleman went on to demonstrate six different horns, with wonderfully colourful names, with six different mini tunes. He started off with the long horns and proceeded to blow mini tunes from the largest down to one he called Mini Vuvuzela.

Like other promotional products they can be branded in many different ways. Some have an all over print, some can be printed in one position, some all over, some have flag attachments with a large print area to really maximize the opportunity and some can even be decorated with beads. A truly fantastic array of print methods that will be suitable for any logos of any required size.

They look fabulous when you see them individually but we may even see teams in unison and on television that could look and sound fantastic and really create the South African World Cup vibe.

By the end I was excited about these promotional products and want to introduce them on to my website. Then I started thinking and is it really a product that the UK and Europe would buy in to?

The other promotional products he spoke about were football fan helmets. What why would you need a helmet at a football match? Apparently it is as bad as it sounds. Most workers had a helmet for work and they would go straight from work to the football. Once there the helmets would be worn to protect themselves from objects being thrown.

Over time protection turned in to fashion statement and someone was able to seize the marketing opportunity and people now have tremendous pride in there helmets.

In summations I think I will wait and see how the pundits refer to the world cup horns, Vuvuzelas, over the next couple of months during the World Cup in South Africa. As far as the helmets, I think not. However, I do see what a brilliant idea it was for South Africa, and may be elsewhere to market and sell them.…

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Real Leatherheads

Leatherheads, what exactly is a leatherhead?

Is it a movie starring George Clooney? Well, yes, that is one definition. The leatherheads I am talking about are actual players who wore the helmets we now refer to as ‘leatherheads’. We may very well thank the very popular movie for coining the phrase ‘leatherheads’ as I was unable to find historical references to the general public referring to early football players as ‘leatherheads’. However, there is some indication that the helmets themselves were referred to as leatherheads.

Leatherheads-The Early Years

The very first leather football helmet was worn in an 1893 Army-Navy game. An Annapolis shoe maker developed it for Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves who had been advised by a Navy doctor that he would risk death,insanity or paralysis should he take another blow to his head during a game. Later helmets improved design with padding, ear flaps and eventually face guards.

Padding but No Helmets

Players often devised their own method of padding the body and crude shoulder and hip pads were worn throughout the early years of football particularly in the early 1900’s. Helmets were a rarity to see on players and often some player wore them while others did not. In the 1920’s leather helmets became more accepted but were still not mandatory.

Logo’s

Early helmets had no identifying marks upon them whatsoever. As with all games, fierce competition and team pride resulted in some colleges and high schools to paint their helmets by hand. Certain colors or team mascots were eventually painted on to easily distinguish team players. Imagine being a quarterback attempting to find the receiver far down field with no identifying marks on the receiver! Imagine that being a mud game! how difficult that must have been especially if the receiver was well covered! Modern day players can thank the Rams for starting the painting of team logo’s on helmets. In 1948 the Rams horns were painted on team helmets and soon after all football helmets bore a teams logo or colors.

True Grit

While we cannot imagine playing a game of football without protective gear the era of ‘leatherheads’ shows the true grit those early players had. They took a beating week after week and often went to their regular jobs during the week. Their sheer determination and love of the game has given us the football we know today and thankfully our players are much more protected.

Leather Helmets Today

If you can find a leather helmet from that golden era you would be lucky! To find one that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg would be an even bigger accomplishment. Finding images of ‘leatherheads’ can be difficult as well. International sports artist Andy Goralski has just finished a fine art piece titled “From Leather to Legendary’ that portrays the Acme Packers team with the infamous leatherhead helmets. In the back round is the legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay showing off its newly renovated look. This fine art piece is available …

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How To Remove Stickers and Decals Off a Football Visor and Window of Your Car or Truck

Question: When putting decals on a Football Helmet Visor, how do you remove the black decals that come on the visor?

Answer: If the sticker or decal that is on the visor is an easy peel vinyl, it should remove easily, but if it’s a standard adhesive, it can be difficult to remove.

In this case, what you’d need to do is get a hair dryer and heat the decal up enough that it is quite warm – but not hot – to the touch. Once this is done, get a fingernail under one edge of the decal and slowly pull it off. Hopefully it won’t leave any adhesive behind.

If it does leave some adhesive behind, you can get “orange peel” glue removers from the hardware store or possibly a larger grocery store as well. Apply to a soft paper or cloth towel, then dab on the glue until it softens, then rub it until it comes off. Clean the remaining residue with a dry corner of the towel. This type of glue remover works well on most plastics I’ve used without dulling or clouding the finish of the plastic.

Question: I purchased a large decal to apply to the rear window of my car, and I was wondering if there is any product that could be applied to the rear window to make the sticker easier to remove, plus protect the window simultaneously?

Answer: Not that we’re aware of. In reality, the decal itself will protect your vehicle’s rear window quite well. And if you understand how glue works, you won’t need to worry about getting the decal back off.

Of course, now I’m going to tell you how to get window decals off your car windows or bumpers the easy way. Well, sort of easy.

Most window stickers of the exterior application variety will be printed on vinyl sticker material or polyester decal material. The glue typically used is an acrylic adhesive, which, over time, becomes hardened and more difficult to remove. If you’re purchasing wholesale decals for resale, it might be wise to look into removable glue decal materials which are becoming popular for this reason.

But no mind. In your case you’ve already purchased a large sticker for the back window of your car, and you’re nervous about damaging the window, either during the application or removal of the decal later. In neither case do you need to worry about the window.

When it comes time to remove the decal from your car or truck, get a heat gun or a hair dryer to warm up the decal. If you’re using a heat gun, the lowest heat setting should do the trick. If you are using a hair dryer, you’ll likely need to use the highest heat setting. With large stickers, you may need to heat a small section of the decal and work it off a section at a time, especially if it’s been on the rig for an extended period of time. Once …

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How To Have Hypnotic Body Language

When I worked at a National Newspaper after I left University heading for the gold paved streets of London, the receptionist for the entire newspaper was also a model – at that stage in my life, I had not met anyone so attractive in real-life. Every day I would walk in and try to be pleasant, even try to be cool, and I knew afterwards that I had just made a fool of myself!

Why did I react in such a way to her? Why was it that she went on to be such a success? Do you ever respond to people with a lack of confidence? And what about those other people from my school – My friend knew almost nothing about them as people, had never really heard them speak, yet their success came as no surprise to him…

They all had a certain air to them, that without even opening their mouths, all these people could have a hypnotic effect upon those around them. It is this hypnotic body language that I want to talk about today because it can help you to achieve more and excel more without you really having to do a great deal other than alter your non-verbal communication slightly. I’d like to share with you 3 ways that are key to enhancing your own success.

3 Keys to Non-verbal Hypnotic communication:

1- Genuine smiles and real laughter – I can remember as a child, when my parents were having friends over to dinner, my Mum always told me to make sure I smiled and to show my teeth when I smiled as the guests arrived (I was never cheeky enough to growl as I did so, though I was tempted). My mum knew that on an intuitive level, smiles produce positive reactions from people.

I am talking about a real, authentic smile here. A smile that has come from deep within you that expresses happiness. A natural smile produces wrinkles around the eyes and face, insincere people smile with only their mouth. Genuine smiles often come from your unconscious mind, people can feel, see and sense that they are real. A real smile means that you smile with your entire face – your mouth muscles move, your cheeks raise, your eyes crease up and your eyebrows dip slightly.

So smile more. What’s more, smile with enthusiasm, fun and joy. Really smile at the world.

The reason that ‘cheese’ is used by photographers is because to say that word you have to pull the facial muscles right back – yet it often gives an insincere smile. How many photos have you seen that show the smiles to be cheese-fuelled and non-genuine?

There is some scientific evidence to support the well-used saying “when you smile, the world smiles with you.”

Professor Ruth Campbell from University College London, states that there is a ‘mirror neuron’ in the brain that triggers the neurology responsible for the recognition of facial expressions and is the cause of an …

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