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GAME JERSEY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please use the following directions when washing game jerseys.  Jerseys are expensive and easily damaged if not washed properly.
 
IMPORTANT: Uniforms must be washed inside-out, in cold water.
 
IMMEDIATELY AFTER GAMES, WASH YOUR GAME JERSEY - DO NOT LET THEM SIT DIRTY…..the perspiration on them greatly increases the risk of dye/color migration & lessens the life of the jersey.
WASH jerseys INSIDE OUT with a Mild Detergent using COLD WATER on GENTLE CYCLE and then HANG DRY (wooden or plastic hanger). DO NOT BLEACH!
 
DO NOT DRY CLEAN, DO NOT IRON OR PRESS GARMENTS!
Screen-printing will melt and the rib trims will lose their stretch.
 
EQUIPMENT CARE
 
You are responsible for the proper care and use of equipment provided. Please ensure that equipment is returned on the requested return date, is laundered and in good repair. Your attention will enable Carmel Rams Youth Football to control costs and provide equipment to all future participants.
 
HELMET CARE:
 
Try keeping your helmet clean and free of debris. You can do this by simply wiping with a damp cloth. NEVER use abrasive cleaners or solvents to clean helmet. Always inspect your helmet ­­– paying particular attention to the fasteners that attach the facemask and chin strap. If the helmet appears damaged in any way - IMMEDIATELY show your Coach or one of the Carmel Rams Youth Football Equipment Managers. NEVER play or participate in contact drills with a damaged helmet.
 
WASH & CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTEGRATED PANTS & JERSEYS
 
COLD WATER WASH, please. Wash separately from other garments.
Keep whites and colors separate.
 
DO NOT DRY CLEAN OR PRESS garments. This will discolor the fabric.
Do not allow perspiration soaked or muddy garments to lie in a pile or rest on top of each other for any period of time. Launder them immediately if they really need it. However, it is not necessary to launder after every wearing. Simply hang them on a plastic or wooden hanger until the next day of practice.
 
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DO NOT OVER-WASH pants.
 
DO NOT remove the belt or pads. FASTEN HOOK & LOOP belts before washing so they don't bounce around in the washer.
 
DO NOT use chlorine bleach. DO NOT use fabric softeners. DO NOT soak the pants. Softeners deteriorate garments with spandex. They also restrict the effectiveness of Dri-Fit technology and act as a magnet to dirt.
 
Use MILD powdered detergent. Detergents with pH under 10 are recommended for athletic uniforms. Powdered detergents are recommended for athletic colors.
REMOVE garments from the machine immediately after washing. This will help avoid color bleeding, particularly on color blocked garments.
 
Air Dry
 
Allow the pants and game jersey to AIR DRY. If you must dry them, do so on the LOWEST setting. Line Drying is recommended.
Be sure these garments are completely dry before storing.
 
HELMET
 
In general, helmets are not comfortable. They are tight, heavy and difficult to get used to, but they protect the most important part of our body. Players will be fitted for their helmet, and should wear them for at least a week before asking for a larger size. It takes about that long to get used to wearing one. Helmets can be adjusted by adding or removing air, or changing the ear pads. Please see your coach if you want to make adjustments. Never add or remove air from a helmet on your own.
 
PANTS
Pants should extend to just below the kneecap. The kneepad should cover the knee cap and not be above or below it.
 
Shoulder Pads
Should be tight against the chest and back with draw string pulled tight. Inside pad that sits on the shoulders should extend just past the outside of player shoulder.
 
Extra Equipment
It is the responsibility of each player to arrive at practice and games with all their equipment including their mouthpiece. Coaches will have a supply of extra
mouth pieces and helmet ear pads, along with repair equipment, but if a player shows up without a mouth piece, or full set of pads, they will not be able to participate.