How to Measure a Boy for an Athletic Supporter

Written by maria arnold
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Measure a Boy for an Athletic Supporter
Boys playing youth soccer should wear an athletic supporter. (youth soccer 072 image by John R. Amelia from

Athletic supporters are worn to protect the male genitals during sports or any strenuous activity. The supporter holds the genitals close to the body to protect them from stress or injury. Injury can happen at any age so it is important to ensure that your son wears an athletic supporter when participating in sports. Most youth sports organisations require that your son wear a properly fitting athletic supporter, often with a cup.

Skill level:

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Measuring tape

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Measure the boy's waist with a measuring tape. The waistband of the athletic supporter is wide and should have a comfortable snug fit. The waist size is what determines the size of the supporter.

  2. 2

    Take the athletic supporter home and check the fit of the leg straps and pouch by trying on the supporter. The only way to measure the correct size is to actually put on the supporter. The waistband does not relate to the size of the leg straps or pouch.

  3. 3

    Try the next-largest waist size if the leg straps and pouch are too tight. The straps should fit well and move with his body. The pouch should not fit tightly but have a snug easy fit that holds the genitals close to the body.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to measure at the waist as an athletic supporter sits higher than other undergarments.
  • Measure the boy who will wear the supporter accurately. Most stores will not accept the return of an athletic supporter that's been opened and tried on.
  • A boy playing any sport in which a projectile is involved--baseball, football, hockey, soccer and rugby are a few--should wear a hard cup with a supporter.
  • Any boy involved in a sport that has the potential to cause injury to the genitals should be protected. regardless of age.

Don't Miss


  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.