Jstars counsellors will be helping players get their equipment on and off.
We will be checking players for proper equipment, especially the neck guard and helmet with proper straps.
The list below is in the order that the equipment is put on to play hockey.
Hockey equipment can be purchased used at Play it again sports, or new at Canadian Tire, or online.
Hockey Shorts/Jock: Should have a cup pocket Velcro to hold up hockey socks.
Sizing: Size will vary depending on the boy's size. Generally, a peewee (age 8-9) will use a Youth size, while boys aged 10-12 may need a Junior size.
Shin Guards: Protects the front of the legs from the puck and knees during a fall.
Sizing: Typically, the sizes range from 7" to 11" for this age group. The top of the shin guard should meet the bottom of the hockey shorts. Shin guards are generally sized in inches. To find your size, measure the length from the center of the kneecap to the top of the skate boot.
Hockey Socks: To cover the shin guards. Any colour is fine.
Sizing: Hockey socks sizing is based on the player's height. For 8-12 year-olds, 20"-24" should be sufficient.
Hockey Pants: Protects the waist down to the shin guards.
Sizing: Most brands will label their products as Youth (for younger children, often up to age 9) and Junior (for older kids, usually ages 10-12). Check the size chart for each brand. Should cover from the belly button to the top of the knee caps when standing up. They should fit snugly but not be too tight.
Skates: Skates should be sharpened before the start of camp.
Sizing: Skates should fit snugly around the feet, but toes should be able to wiggle freely and not touch the end. For this age group, consider purchasing skates a half size larger than the boy's shoe size to accommodate for growth.
Shoulder Pads: Should cover the shoulders, upper chest, and upper back. Check that it's not too loose; the pad should move with the body when moving around.
Elbow Pads: Protects the elbows during a fall and the wrists from other sticks.
Sizing: These should reach from the elbow to the gloves
Hockey Jersey: Bring a light and dark jersey. Should be loose fitting.
Neck Guard: Mandatory to protect the neck!
Sizing: Ensure it fits comfortably around the neck. This will typically be a Youth or Junior size, depending on the player's size.
Helmet: A helmet with a cage or a full shield is required to protect the mouth and face from stray pucks or from falls. Mouthguard is optional and often a battle for kids this age to wear.
Sizing: Measure the circumference of the head approximately 1" above the eyebrows. Check the helmet manufacturer's size chart for the correct size. The helmet should fit snugly around the head. Look for one that's adjustable so it can be tightened or loosened for the perfect fit.
Gloves: Should cover the wrists and be flexible and comfortable.
Sizing: Typical sizes for this age group are between 9"-11".
Hockey Stick: When standing in socks, the stick should reach between the nose and chin. When skates are on, it should reach up to the chin.
Hockey Bag: To carry and store all the equipment. Look for one with enough compartments to keep the gear organized.
Hockey Water Bottle: Hydration is key. Should be a hockey water bottle (see link) to able to drink without removing the hockey cage.