CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 24, 2019) –In keeping with their commitment to honor, improve, and advance youth tackle football, the California Youth Football Alliance (CAYFA) is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with LIGHT Helmets as a preferred helmet provider serving the youth tackle football community. This partnership represents the first equipment provider that the Alliance is partnering with in the youth market to accelerate the transformation of youth tackle football.

LIGHT Helmets offers the lightest youth-sized football helmet in the world with a five-star rating from the prestigious Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, with the LIGHT Helmets LS-1 Composite Youth model weighing in at only 2.8 pounds. All of the research conducted at Virginia Tech is independent of funding or influence from helmet manufacturers. Their impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from a range of impacts a player may see in live action on the football field, and helmets are ranked from one to five stars.

“LIGHT Helmets entered this market as a disruptive force to advance player safety and protect the game of football,” Nick Esayian, LIGHT Helmets CEO, said. “We couldn’t have found a better partner than the California Football Alliance, who shares those goals and has a proven track record of being an active and effective steward of the game. We take great pride in aligning our efforts so that future generations can enjoy and benefit from America’s sport, the game of football.”

Redefining how a football helmet should look, feel and act, LIGHT Helmets uses lighter yet stronger materials through manufacturing techniques developed in motorsports and the military. All models incorporate the only commercially available auxetic foam on the market as a liner, exclusively from military manufacturer Auxadyne, and come standard with SportsStar chin straps and Douglas EZ Pro Snaps.

“Coming on the heels of our first two partnerships focused on health and education, Light Helmets is our first partner to offer products that will make a significant and immediate impact on the tackle football field,” Joe Rafter, CAYFA President, said. “We see the Light Helmet products as improving performance on the field for all football players and as performance increases, so does safety.”

The LS-1 Youth model from LIGHT Helmets is designed to grow with the young athlete. The interior padding and foam can be replaced to grow along with the child until reaching varsity sizes. This feature also saves teams and leagues money, as each LIGHT Helmet can fit each player on the team – rather than being forced to purchase extra helmets so that there are enough of each size.

“The Future of tackle football has just gotten significantly brighter with the introduction of the LIGHT Football Helmet,” Ron White, CAYFA Executive Vice President of Standards and Practices, said. “Born out of a desire to simply make the game safer and more enjoyable for its participants, LIGHT Helmets has done that and more with the release of their full line of youth and varsity football helmets for the 2019 season. The sleek design and performance enhancing features of the LIGHT Helmet are truly a game changer.”

To learn more about how CAYFA and LIGHT Helmets are improving youth football across the country, visit LIGHTHelmets.com or CAYFA.org.

About LIGHT Helmets

LIGHT Helmets produces lighter, safer, more performance-oriented helmets for football and other contact sports and is currently the fifth largest football helmet producer in the country. Our mission is to better protect the players and their games through lighter and safer helmets that use the best materials and technology available. LIGHT Helmets empowers players at all levels to maximize their potential and enjoyment of the game by equipping them with the most innovative helmets available on the market. Visit https://www.lighthelmets.com for more information.