My son is 10 and is his first year catching. I bought the pads and the matching guards so the velcro on the pad makes the complete system work really well. He likes the pad up higher and these allowed me to attach on the upper strap and then velcro the bottoms. He has used for 2 games now and is really happy. BTW, I have a set of UA guards that we bought at Dicks and Easton pads b/c that is all they sold. They are both good products they just don't work together, the pads move around on his calf and we could not get them mounted where he wanted them. This All Star combination is designed to be a system and IMO that is what is needed. Excellent product and he loves them in red.