Get Active, Stay Active!

In this day in age where 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, its important to find an activity that your child likes to get them up off the couch.  There are several local summer programs designed to keep kids active and social during the long hot summer days. Not sure what programs are out there?   Check out your local paper for listings of summer camps, do a simple search online, or ask around in your neighborhood to see what other kids are up to.   Have a resistant couch potato?  Check out http://www.active.com/active-family/articles/How-to-Encourage-Your-Kids-to-be-Active.htm for ideas on how to find the right activity for any child!




Dont forget football season is quickly approaching…. If you’re playing football this year, getting girdles, pants, practice jerseys, helmets, and shoulders pads are just a few things on your to do list… get them all at Athletic Supply… Check our website and facebook for upcoming specials!


Controversial new Star Rating for Football Helmets

Virginia Tech University recently released the results of a new rating system for adult football helmets that is designed to reduce the risk of concussions on the field (http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/05/051011-engineering-helmetratings.html).  This biomechanical impact data study on football helmets is the first of its kind to give an unbiased (although controversial) rating of football helmets.  The Riddell Revolution Speed was the only helmet to a receive the highest  5 STAR rating.  However, some people question the accuracy of the study and its findings.

The study involved 120 impacts per helmet at various locations on the helmet, varying speeds, and with varying force.  The study only focused on helmet vs. ground impacts.  This is where the first issue with the study arises.  Numerous studies have proven that an overwhelming majority of concussions come from helmet to helmet impacts.  The study also failed to include “rotational forces” in its study, a known factor in concussions.  The NFL conducted a study in 2010 ( http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81943916/article/league-players-union-release-details-of-helmet-safety-study) that included rotational forces and found the Schutt DNA Pro+ as the highest performing helmet (only given 4 stars in the Virginia Tech Study).

One thing that can be agreed upon?  The Riddell VSR-4 helmet, which oddly enough is the helmet worn by more players in the NFL than any other helmet, should be taken out of the game, off the field, and off the shelves (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/sports/football/10helmets.html?_r=1&nl=health&emc=healthupdateema8)

In response to the study, Riddell created a Trade-In Program that gives $50 to any customer for exchanging an adult VSR-4 for any adult Revolution family helmet (Speed, Revo, Revo IQ, 360).

Schutt decided to create its own version of this trade-in-program.  Any customer bringing in a Riddell VSR-4 will be offered a $30 credit towards the purchase of a new Schutt Varsity AiR XP.  However, in reality its worth more than $30.  When you upgrade from a Riddell VSR-4 to a Riddell Revolution style helmet, you can’t use any of your old accessories.  When you trade in for the AirXP,  you can use all your faceguards, loop straps, visors and nearly any other accesory.  You will save as much as $100 per helmet by trading in your VSR-4 for the AiR XP, instead of the upgrade offered by Riddell.

We here at Athletic Supply can handle your trade-ins for the new Schutt Air XP and will be more than happy to go over all the helmet safety standards with you so you feel safe and comfortable in your new helmet!



Its hard to believe that this year we will be celebrating 45 years in business!  What started as a small store front in Stockton, California has expanded to help hundreds of schools, colleges, traveling teams, and sports enthusiasts.  To kick off our 45th anniversary, we are going national!  For the past 5 years we have been slowly but surely making our way throughout the United States, but this month… Its official!  We want to be able to help supply anyone and everyone with everything from custom embroidery orders,  football helmets, screen printed co-ed softball uniforms, baseball bats, even hockey pucks!
Coming soon:  http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com will be interviewing our owner, Maureen Grogan about how she has turned a small family run business into such a success!


Happy New Year

With the start of the new year there are a couple of new things going on here at Athletic Supply.

First and foremost, beginning January 1st the California Interscholastic Federation requires all non wood baseball bats be BBCOR approved.

BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution) measures how the ball “bounces” off of the bat when the batter hits the ball.  This new rating will make non wood bats more equivalent to the harder wood bats, making batters focus more on technique and accuracy as opposed to getting more bang from previous types of bats used on the field.

We have these newly certified bats in stock and available for special orders, contact us via phone or on our website http://www.athleticsupplyca.com for pricing and ordering info!

Our new football catalog is hot off the presses just in time for the 2011-2012 orders to start rolling in.  Be sure to check our website for upcoming special offers!





Football season is right around the corner

Football season is right around the corner and we have everything you need to get outfitted with the gear the pros use. Helmets, pads, uniforms and much, much more. Check out our online store at http://www.athleticsupplyca.com/.
This week we have on sale: Chin Straps Adams Pro 100 sale price $6.95, Football Rawlings ST5COMPNF sale price $30.50 and Gear Z-Cool shoulder pads sale priced at $175.00


We’re adding weekly sales

Our website is really taking off. We just added our first weekly sale. Every week we’ll be adding different items. Check them out: http://www.athleticsupplyca.com/
Gel Max Mouthguard $8.95 regular $9.95
Adams 4 point High Hook Up chin strap hard cup $6.75 regular $7.45
Rawling Practice Jersey FJ9204 Medium thru X-Large $10.95 regular $11.95
Tachikara Composite SV5WSC Volleyball $29.75 regular price $33.95