Full protective hockey eqipment is required, including helmets, gloves, shin guards, elbow pads, shoulder pads, hockey pants or girdle with shell, cup and shock jock, neck protector and mouth guard.
General Hockey Equipment Guidelines:
Please check your child's skates throughout the season and make sure that s/he has the best fit possible...not too big and not to small. Children's feet grow quickly and may require a bigger size at some point during the season. Skates that are too big can cause blisters and skaters that are too small can cause acute pressure injuries resulting from lack of space for the entire foot in the skate boot.
Tie your child's skates somewhat tightly EXCEPT FOR THE LAST TWO EYELETS ON TOP. There must be some slack in the top two lace loops, otherwise ankle flexion can be restricted reducing turning ability and straightaway speed.
Squirts and older will tie their own skates. If parents let the kids do it, they will learn quickly and be more self-reliant. Plus this way any players late for practice can't blame their parents!
Remember to have your skates sharpened several times during the season. Why? Because blades get dull and will eventually rust, especially when you don’t wipe them. It is always a good idea to carry an extra towel and wipe your blades after each use. ALL PLAYERS MUST USE SKATEGUARDS ON SKATES WHEN NOT IN USE (soft skateguards recommended to wipe then cover skate blade).
Any quality, properly fitted, navy blue helmet.
Most players hate putting on wet undergarments and equipment. You can supervise or take the lead in spreading out all of your player's equipment in a well ventilated area or warm area. The "Wet Gear" drying racks work well if you don't have hooks to use. Sprinkle baby powder or a medicated power like Gold Bond on dry gear to fight the perpetual "hockey smell" and keep your equipment comfortable to wear.