If you’re a parent who has been given the task of getting hockey gear for your child, it’s easy to feel more than a little overwhelmed. After all, there is so much gear out there, and how are you supposed to know what to buy, what size, and all of that? Well, fortunately, it’s not all THAT hard once you get used to it and if you can follow some helpful tips.
First things first, know that ALL the fancy equipment available today is not actually necessary. Therefore, you really don’t need to worry about buying any crazy product that promises to improve your kid’s performance. Instead, just look for products that are about safety and proper form, which also breeds safety. Really, that’s all you need.
So, what does that boil down to? Well, basically, you will need at least the following:
l A quality helmet to protect your child’s head and greatly reduce the risk of concussion or brain injury
l Properly fitted skates, and yes, unfortunately, you will have to replace these regularly as your child grows
l Elbow pads
l Knee pads
l An appropriately sized stick, which will also need to be replaced frequently
As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, some of the items on this list need to be replaced quite regularly, which, if you’re like most parents, means spending more money than you really want to (or even have) on hockey gear. Don’t worry though; you don’t have to be rich for your child to play hockey- you just have to know how to find affordably priced items.
Your best bet is to go for used items. Shop at stores that sell secondhand sporting equipment to see what kind of bargains you can find. You can also ask other parents on your team if they have anything they want to sell or trade.
If you can find some workarounds and not buy everything new, ESPECIALLY the stuff your child is likely to outgrow quickly, you can probably get everything you need without breaking the bank.