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shin guards: All players must wear & the Shin Guards Must be covered entirely by socks or pants

All players at all ages playing CYS Indoor and outdoor Soccer
· Indoor Under 6 – Under 8 - Under 10 – Under 12 – Under 14 – Under 18
· Outdoor Micro Under 4 – 5 – 6
· Outdoor Mini Under 7 – 8 – 9 - 10
· Outdoor House League 11 – 12 – 14 - 18

All players must wear shin guards. Shin guards must be covered entirely by socks or pants.  
· Soccer shin guards either disperse or absorb (hard and soft guards, respectively) the impact of an accidental kick or blow to the player's shin.

· Some shin guards also have a soft, flexible, padded ankle stirrup that both keeps the shin guard in place and provides some protection for the ankle and Achilles tendon.

· Some shin guards close behind your calf with hook-and-loop fasteners, while others simply slip into your soccer socks.

· The type of shin guard you buy will ultimately depend on which style you feel most comfortable in and which one stays put best on your leg.

· Shin guards and socks are both required for legal play in nearly all soccer leagues.

· There are two basic types of shin guards: those with ankle guards and those without. For each type of guard, you should know the best way to wear your socks, for the benefit of both legal play and your safety on the field.

Shin Guards with Ankle Guards
Shin guards with ankle guards have two parts, the hard plastic part that covers the shin, and a half-sock that slides over your ankle and positions two plastic cups on either side of your ankle bone, protecting it. Shin guards with ankle guards are typically worn by youth players who need extra protection. To wear socks with this type of shin guards, put the shin guard on first, connecting the shin guard's velcro strap around your calf and straightening the ankle guard into position. After the shin guard is in place, pull your sock over the shin guard so that the entire unit is covered by your sock.

Shin Guards without Ankle Guards
Most soccer players use shin guards that do not contain ankle guards. This type of shin guard ranges from simple plastic inserts that slide beneath socks or into fabric sleeves, or that secure around your calf with a Velcro strap. For this type of shin guard, put your socks and cleats on before positioning your shin guard. Once the guard is in position, pull the sock up over the top, holding the shin guard in place. Wrap athletic tape around your leg just below and just above the shin guard to help hold the guard in place.

The type of sock you choose may alter your ability to use it with certain shin guards. Socks that are too tight or small may not expand to cover your shin guards, coming up short or too inelastic. A player's sock must cover the entire shinguard at all times during the game, according to Fédération Internationale de Football Association rules. When shopping for new socks, take your shin guards with you and wear them when trying on new socks.

You may find that wearing a shin guard directly against your skin is irritating, especially if it is held in place by athletic tape on the outside of your sock. To solve this problem, take a pair of soccer socks and cut off the foot portion, leaving the portion that covers your calf. You can slide this sock "tube" over your leg and place your shinguard on top of it to help prevent skin irritation. This is also a good way to recycle old soccer socks that may have holes in the heel or toe.

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