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These protective items are usually provided by most clubs for their juniors as they can be expensive, and youngsters quickly grow out of them.
Nevertheless, the advice given applies equally to those who borrow or intend to buy the items.

1. Under current rules, U'18's must wear helmets + face grill when batting or wicket-keeping when 'stood up'.
2. To be sold legally in the UK, helmets must carry the official CE mark.
Sizes - The most important feature is that it MUST be a good fit i.e. it doesn't move about when moving your head or running.
Manufacturers measure round the forehead and back of the head, but as the shape and size of youngsters' (and adults !) heads cover an astonishing range, tables of measurements are not always useful.
The following is a very rough guide.

These can be seen on a label inside, but eventually rub off.
Types - All good makes have a helmet + grill, and the CE mark.
Colours - Usually maroon, green, navy.
Cost - A wide range of prices.
Safety - Ensure the nuts are tight and always follow the manufacturer's instructions, if the helmet receives a heavy blow.

Sizes - boys, youths, men (+ extra large), sold as both r/l or ambi.
For the correct size look at the advice below.

When fitted, the middle of the 3 rolls of the pad should line up with the knee cap (top red line)
If a pad is unavailable, or buying by mail order, measure the 'ankle-knee cap' height (blue line) and use the table below.
'height' (ins)13-"14"15½"17"17+"

Straps - Modern pads have velcro straps, so that they can be adjusted and removed easily, even during an innings.
The plastic loops for the straps should be on the outside of the leg.
Material - Most pads are now made of lightweight polyurethane. The quality and amount of protection will be reflected in the price.
Cost - can vary a lot. Worth looking around for a bargain.
Tip - Buy a pair you find comfortable. If in a shop, 'test run' them - yes, run up + down in the shop. If you don't like them, don't buy them. After all, you might be running in them for an hour in a game.

Other items
such as arm guards, thigh pads, chest pads etc. will usually not be necessary until later in a higher standard of cricket.
A large sports bag will suffice for all your gear. A proper cricket bag can come later and most are reasonably priced (Christmas present ?)

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