This is a great question. Our JV wear the same stuff (we only have 50 or so players 9-12). Right now I plan on buying 7-8 helmets a year. Most of the guys around here run by 6 get 7 or something similar. I’m not sure about the shoulder pads. Coach Trimble from Jenks has a book about running a football program. I remember part of the book covers this. I don’t remember the exact numbers but he basically put his QB, RB and a few others in new pads every year. The older stuff just got rotated down.
My goal is to turn over our helmets every four years so I'm looking for about a 1/4 of the inventory on helmets. As far as shoulder pads we make sure the high impact people are getting new stuff every year. I think you can be a lot more conservative on shoulder pads. There's less liability especially if you are keeping them maintained.
Post by CanyonCoach on Nov 27, 2019 11:47:25 GMT -6
Side story: When I took over 8 seasons ago the HC didn't think the helmet rules about reconditioning really applied. Of 140 middle school helmets 80 were over 10 years old and the rest had to be reconditioned. Of the 120 HS helmets 40 were over 10 years old and the rest had to be reconditioned.
So as of this season: 9-12 will be getting 25 new helmets and will be reconditioning 70 helmets (with only 5 going out of use) (we keep 150 on hand for the 115 kids we have out) 7/8 will get 25 new helmets and have 40 helmets reconditioned- we keep 140 helmets on hand for the 100 kids we have out) I work with the youth program and we are ordering 50 helmets a year for the next 4 years in order to completely update the inventory. We keep 250 helmets on hand for the 200 kids in grades 3-6. The majority of the helmets were purchased in the fall of 2011.
In all of the programs our main goal is not to have more than 1/4 helmets that are not being used and to have every kid in a quality helmet while maintaining a helmet budget on each level of as close to $10K as possible.
We take advantage of trade in trade up programs and grants to help keep us close to the $10k.