Pigskin season is just around the corner, but there’s still a number of football camps set to meet in the coming weeks, including the Top Gun Showcase in Ohio on July 17 and specialty clinics with stars from the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers. Whether you’re booking your plans now or are just trying to get a head start for the fall, don't forget to double-check your gear and make sure you have everything needed to get an upper hand on the competition.
No matter your position or training goals, we’ve got you covered with this checklist that tackles everything from speed and agility to passing and tackling. So suit up, fill up a couple Gatorade bottles, and get ready for some football (training). This is your Football Camp Gear Guide.
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Speed (Unweighted) – SKLZ Speed Chute
The SKLZ Speed Chute is a great choice for maxing out your on-field speed. It can add up to 30 pounds of resistance to your run and features a quick-release buckle, allowing you to practice explosive bursts that will prepare you for game day hauls up the field.
Speed (Weighted) – SKLZ Chrome Speed Sled
Looking to ramp up the intensity of your speed training? The SKLZ Chrome Speed Sled is your answer. While the Speed Chute provides up to 30 pounds of resistance, the Speed Sled can be outfitted with weights up to 250 pounds. With a heavy duty build that will withstand seasons of training, the SKLZ Chrome Speed Sled is great for building lightning fast speed and lower body power.
Agility – SKLZ Agility Quick Ladder
No matter your position, football is all about the footwork. Stay quick on your toes with the 11-rung SKLZ Agility Quick Ladder. Great for practicing explosive transitions and warming up before games, this should be an essential on everyone’s list.
Passing/Kicking (Target) – SKLZ Quickster 4-in-1 Football Trainer
Individual passing and kicking nets are great practice tools, but the SKLZ Quickster 4-in-1 outperforms the competition by handling a variety of catches. Built to be easily broken down and transported, you’ll be everyone’s favorite prospect if you show up to camp with this versatile target.
Passing/Kicking (Obstacle) – SKLZ D-Man Defensive Mannequin
Nets make for great targets, but they aren’t able to provide game-like obstacles for quarterbacks and kickers. Add the SKLZ D-Man Defensive Mannequin to your arsenal for a whole new level of accuracy. It features raised arms and an adjustable height to mimic real-life players, and if you purchase multiples, you’ll be able to scout the entire defense.
Receiving – Jugs M1700 Football Passing Machine
Practice catching passes and punt returns with the Jugs M1700 Passing Machine. With the ability to throw 600 80-yard bombs per hour, you’ll be worn out before the M1700 is. Even better, it can be beneficial for defensive players as well, helping to practice reaction drills. Unfortunately, it’s hardly inexpensive, although a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty ensures that you’ll get multiple seasons of use out of your investment.
Defense – Goalrilla Tackling Dummy
Whether you’re a defensive lineman, linebacker, or defensive back, the Goalrilla Tackling Dummy can handle all of your play-stopping needs. Built to withstand heavy abuse, this dummy can be used for a variety of activities, including Military training, but it’s really going to excel on the gridiron.
Multipurpose – adidas High Cones
Make up your own drills with the adidas High Cones. You’ll be able to up your speed and agility, practice routes, and set up boundaries to simulate game scenarios with these impact-resistant cones.
Compression – CW-X Expert Tights
Surely you’ve already got your helmet, pads, and uniform, but one thing you may have not considered is a quality pair of compression tights. The CW-X Expert Tights are great for both training and game day, with maximum support to keep your muscles safe and performing efficiently. They’re also equipped with specialized fabrics to ensure that players stay cool and comfortable during scorching sessions.
Glove Grip – Under Armour Glove Juice
So, maybe you’re the next Johnny Manziel and you already have everything listed so far. Even so, one thing you more than likely forgot about is keeping your gloves clean and sticky, which is where UA’s Glove Juice comes into play. There’s no need to leave the field, just squirt some on your gloves, rub them together, and get back to action.