If you are considering joining the hockey revolution sweeping all over the globe and want to start playing, then the first thing you must do is get hold of the correct equipment. As you may expect there are more rules governing the equipment that children must use, so for this purpose we have to make two lists, one for the adults and the other for the kids.
Hockey Equipment for Kids
The full equipment list for kids is as follows: Helmet, neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jock, gloves, hockey sticks, hockey pants, shin pads, skates, mouth guard, jersey, socks and kit bag. All this sounds expensive and a great deal of kit, but some of the items are of little cost and you can always spread the cost out.
There are different shapes and sizes of kit bags, some large, some small, some with wheels and some not. Just remember the whole of the above list must fit in the bag so make sure it is large enough and has strong straps to carry or pull.
Jock / Jill
To provide protection for a child’s important parts a Jock (or if a female a Jill) will be required. There are several styles available but the modern Jock is a million miles away from the old garter belt style. The newer versions are really Velcro style shorts that will not embarrass your kid and provide full protection.
Probably the most important piece of a player’s equipment are the skates, and they must be comfortable and supportive. It is important that the skates are regularly sharpened, a good hockey sports store will take the time to fit the skates properly and recommend the most suitable pair, before you leave the store ensure:
- The skates are the correct size and fit, normally the skates are a slightly tighter fit than shoes.
- The skates also need to be comfortable and flexible.
- Get them heat molded to your kid’s foot for an exact fit.
A bulky and sometimes uncomfortable part of hockey equipment, but the shoulder pads have a big job to do protecting not just the shoulders but the chest, biceps and upper part of the neck as well. Some players prefer the better protection of bulky shoulder pads whilst others prefer smaller pads for more mobility. For younger players the former is the best to start, but not too big so your kid cannot move.
Helmet with Full Cage
To protect the face a helmet is vital, and you should not skimp on expense when choosing the right helmet for your kids. Make sure the helmet is a snug fit, so it does not slip with any movement and always insist on a full cage to protect the face, nose and mouth area. You will also need a mouth guard to protect from oral damage, these can range dramatically in price. The best is available from dentists, while the store will also sell a cheaper kind that will need boiling before using.
The final piece of equipment is the stick, and it should be expertly fitted for the correct length, flexibility and which hand it is for. Typically, the stronger hand is at the top of the stick as it is there most movements are controlled. Make sure you measure the length whilst your child is wearing their skates, and it should go up to the chin. Now your child is fully kitted out it is time to take him down to the nearest leisure center to hit the ice for some tuition.