You’re enrolled, now what ?
You’ve bought all your child’s hockey equipment (check out our equipment list here) and your child is getting ready for his/her first training session.
But how to put all that equipment on correctly ?
Most minor hockey teams (novice and atome here in QC) allow parents to be present in the changing room at the start of the season in order to dress their child correctly. However, there will come a time when the parent is no longer welcome in the changing room by the coaching staff or even by your own *gasp* child.
Here is a short video to show you and/or your child what equipment to put on and in what order. You’ll also find a handy, free & downloadable checklist available below.
Equipment Order for Young Hockey Player
1 – One-piece undergarment – A one-piece undergarment is not necessary but it is highly recommended if you wish to minimize odor transfer to your equipment.
2 – Jock Strap
3 – Shin Guards
4 – Socks- The socks can hook up to the velcro tabs of some types of jock strap shorts . If there are no tabs, it is recommended you tape the socks above the knee joint (not too tight) once around to keep socks from sliding down.
5 – Pants – If the pants are a little too big you can buy suspenders at a specialty store for this type of pant that are very easy for your child to use.
6 – Skates – Even if very young and with a little practice your child can learn to put his foot in his skate by himself. However, under the ages of 11-12 years it will be necessary to have the skate laces tightened by a parent or a member of the coaching staff (see your coach to volunteer to lace up some skates).
7 – Neck-Guard
8 – Chest Protector
9 – Elbow Guards- There are normally indications of a ”right” and ”left” elbow indicated inside the elbow guard. Some kids don’t notice the difference, some do. It is at your child’s discretion and comfort, and not necessary to insist either way.
10 – Jersey – Your child will have a minimum of a practice jersey, a local jersey and a visiting jersey. It is recommended you carry all three in the equipment bag just in case (packed away separately from any velcro bearing items of course).
11 – Helmet- Your child may need help snapping his helmet straps, especially if the helmet is brand-new. *A mouth-guard is required starting at the PeeWee level (12 year old and up). Below that level in most leagues, it is not necessary. Please check with your league’s requirements.
12 – Gloves
Hockey Bag Checklist – Free Download
Check out our practical checklist for you and/or your child.
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