Beginner’s Guide to Buying Hockey Equipment for Your Kids
Your child watched the movie, The Mighty Ducks, and now they’re gung-ho about playing ice hockey. You have never even set foot inside an ice rink, so you’re wondering where to begin. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process.
Ice skating instruction.
Ice hockey is playing on ice, and you must have learned skating. First, enroll your kid in a good ice skating session. You can even approach a figure skater at your local rink. All your child needs know how to use the edges of the skates, how to move forward, how to make turns and finally to stop. Typically, a learn to skate program would be about 8 – 12 weeks of weekly instruction. You can usually rent hockey skates from the ice rink at this stage.
Hockey initiation class.
After your child has been equipped with the basic knowledge, the next thing is hockey instruction. Here your kid will learn about the ice hockey equipment, rules of skating, and will start to get a feel of new skating skills together with hockey equipment. This class is a must for kids who want to play. Often, the facility will provide all the necessary equipment until you’re sure your child likes it and wants to continue.
Hockey Equipment for Your Kids.
A lot of parents who are new to the game of hockey get sold a bill of goods when it comes to purchasing hockey equipment for their child. For beginners, the only pieces you’ll want to buy new are a helmet, a wooden hockey stick, and a hockey jock. If you buy everything else second-hand, that’s just fine. Used hockey gear is easy to find online through hockey auction sites specializing in selling used hockey gear. These can be a great place to find a real bargain. Rather than going to your local hockey shop and paying hundreds of dollars for brand new equipment, look for used instead. It just makes more sense. Other to buy when your kid has gained the knowledge of the game are head protection, lots of padding, hockey wheel, puck or ball. Remember goalies need special equipment because they are vulnerable to flying wheels or pucks as well as sticks.
Practices are very important at this level. The kids have more actual time handling the puck and skating in a practice than they do in a game scenario. Games are viewed as a reward for working hard in practice. Encourage your child to take practices seriously and not goof off. This work ethic will carry them through the advanced levels when they’re older.
In gaming, most of the rinks require teams volunteers to fill the score sheet and running the time clock, and one parent volunteers to hang out in the penalty box to help the kids open and close the door (as well as to calm any tempers). It takes a lot of teamwork from the parents to make it all work. If you approach it with a willing attitude, you’re ahead of the game.
Hopefully, this has given you some valuable information to get your son or daughter started in ice hockey. The experience they will gain in sportsmanship, camaraderie, teamwork, and self-discipline will be invaluable and make them go far as they mature into adulthood.