Okay. My son will be starting tackle football in the next couple of weeks. He's 7. Yeah, I'm not sure it's the greatest idea ever, but let's set that aside for a moment. My VAST preference is for him to wear the pump as much as possible. Obviously for conditioning and non-contact drills, that won't be much of a problem. What about when there is contact? My instinct is to turn his pump pouch around so that he wears it in the small of his back, tucked into his pants. He should not be getting hit much from behind (definitely not a ball carrier here ), and it should be pretty safe there. Frankly, I'm more worried about him getting hurt if someone pushes the pump into him than the pump getting hurt. What say you football experts? Keep in mind that these are 7 & 8 year olds, and are likely not hitting near as hard as the big boys.