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Supply Chain Crisis: Some high school football teams don’t have enough helmets

Supply chain points result in scarcity of helmets for high school football teams


Supply chain points result in scarcity of helmets for high school football teams

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MIAMI – The provide chain disaster is now extending to the high school gridiron. Some teams don’t have enough helmets because the football season will get underway.

Drew Cortese is a large receiver for Irvington High School in New York and is training with a helmet that does not fairly match.

“I was given a large helmet, but the issue was that it was too big, and it would wobble around, like when I tackle, it would move a lot” Cortese says.

He’d quite have a medium however there aren’t any extra left. And when the workforce began non-contact follow earlier this season some gamers did not even have a helmet.

“Everyone else was doing things with pads and helmets when you couldn’t because there wasn’t enough for all of us,” says senior Ingmar Ast who not too long ago was capable of get a helmet.

Irvington High School head coach Jeff Michael says, “This has been a pretty significant problem for our program. We have roughly 40 players on our team, and we don’t have enough helmets for every player. So, we’ve had to dip down into our 7th and 8th grade team supply.”

It’s the identical scenario at Walpole High School outdoors of Boston.

“Our reps that we’re buying the helmets from, they’re probably getting a text or an email a day from all these coaches. I just sent one an hour ago, saying any updates? And there’s nothing yet,” says Walpole High School coach Chris Sullivan

Only two firms make these helmets and so they’re not low cost, working wherever from $300 to $1,000 apiece.”

“The firms have been trustworthy and up entrance with telling us they are not getting the clips and the inside padding on the helmets due to the availability chain and even when they’re getting helmets prepared, the availability chain is taking eternally to get these helmets out to the colleges,” Irvington coach Jeff Michael says.

A brand new order of helmets ought to be delivered to the Irvington Bulldogs someday this season, they hope. 

Earlier this month Riddell, one of many largest helmet makers, stated most backlogged orders of helmets would ship by the tip of August, with the remainder arriving in September.

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