Mayfield Athletics CEO & Founder, Justin Summerville, had an idea to make the game of football safer for every player. And so, in 2014, he set out to make a difference!
Patent Filed for “Shock Absorbing Football Equipment”
First 3D printed prototypes made
Gen 1 prototype made
Device officially named S.A.F.E.Clip (Shock Absorbing Football Equipment)
Generation 2 and Generation 3 SAFEClips are produced
Sorbothane is selected as best absorbtion material
First functional prototypes are produced
Testing to NOCSAE standards begins (at NOCSAE approved labs of course)
1st test results shows force reduction of impact to the face at 25%
SAFEClip completes 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, rounds of testing
Gen 4 SAFEClip produced and tested
All tests show consistent 20%+ reduction in force from a blow to the facemask with the some scenarios showing up to 28%
SAFEClip attends its first football convention to pitch product
SAFEClip is invited to present to the MHSFCA (Michigan High School Football Coaches Association)
SAFEClip gains fully pantented status. (P#9750298B2)
Hobart Mayfield takes on investors to build the business
Hobart Mayfield re-brands to Mayfield Athletics
Gen 5 SAFEClip is built with drastic cosmetic improvements, color options, hardward options, and improved force reductions
SAFEClip gains endorsement from MHSFCA
7th and 8th rounds of testing take place
Mayfield Athletics merges with market leader Zuti Facemasks (a facemask manufacurer producing premium made, fully cast, facemasks)
SAFEclip begins distributing SAFEClips to consumers
Generation 2 Clip Production started and samples sent to first schools
In 2006, Zack Lystedt took one hit to his helmet – that changed his life forever. Our goal is to significantly reduce the risk of permanent brain injury due to football g-force impact.
Commitment to Community
We believe in making the game safer for ALL football players. That’s why we work with non-profit organizations, such as Methodist Home, to provide SAFEClips for their youth teams. Do you have an initiative you’d like for us to know about? Drop us a line.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are S.A.F.E.Clip’s Competitors?
SAFEClip is the only product of its type. It is fully patented and totally unique!
How long is S.A.F.E.Clip’s lifespan?
A: We follow the same recommendation as all helmet manufacturers, which is a two year lifespan. Although we use high quality materials whose individual properties and usage last well beyond this 2 year time frame, we recommend replacing the clips every 2 years to keep the clip in good working order.