As many parents with children involved in any sport knows, the equipment costs can be staggering. The expense can be even greater if your kids play hockey, as the very nature of the sport demands additional gear that often is very pricey.
Places to shop locally: Shawn's Sports Excellence, Wilmot or Cleves in Greenwood .
Having the right equipment and making sure it fits properly is absolutely necessary to reduce the risk of injury and to maximize your enjoyment of the sport. Please remember that for kids, the equipment fit is the most important aspect.
Do not buy oversized equipment with the intent of giving them room to grow into. This can hinder their ability to learn how to skate correctly and could potentially cause injury. If it is your first time buying hockey gear, please ensure you talk to the sales associates to guarantee your buying what's appropriate for your child.
Hockey gear required to play:
- Helmets with face cages
- Shoulder pads /chest protectors
- Elbow pads/ Shin protectors
- Neck Guard
- Hockey Pants
- Jock Strap (both male and female players require the appropriate protection).
- Practice jersey and socks. (Mustang game jerseys will be provided for use during the season).
Skates are sized lower than your child's shoe size, and many manufacturers make half sizes for youth hockey. Skates are either player skates or goalie skates (the latter are much heavier and feature a flat blade versus a gradual curve).
New skates have no edge, meaning they're uncut and should be cut/sharpened at a pro shop or hockey-specific retailer.
In order to select the appropriate pair of skates, be sure and wear socks that match what you will be playing in. Once the skate is on, lace them up and walk around to get a feel for their stability and comfort. Remember that many modern skates are now moldable.
Molding the skates will create a much more comfortable fit and provide more stability.
Player sticks can be made from wood, which makes the stick heavier (and cheaper), or from modern composite materials (lighter but more expensive).
Both player and goalie sticks have either a left or right curve, which determines from which side the player shoots the puck.
Goalie sticks feature a larger lower portion, called the paddle. A goalie's hand should rest comfortably at the top of the paddle while the stick blade sits on the ice.
When measuring for proper stick length, have your child stand straight up, in skates, with the stick perpendicular to the body. For kids, the end of the stick can be up to the top of the nose. This allows for a little longer use since kids are more apt to grow out of the sticks before they become ineffective due to strenuous use. *** This is the only piece of hockey equipment where it is okay to buy slightly larger.
Adults measure the stick in the same manner except that the end of the stick should be between the chin and lower lip.