Monday, May 10, 2010

Roller Hockey Equipment For Kids

To any of you hockey players out there that have young ones, or any parent that has a child that might want to play the sport of inline hockey, then pay attention to the next few sentences. I honestly believe that if a young child is starting off in the sport of roller hockey, then they probably do not need the best hockey equipment. Why is that? Well, kids can't be on the next level when they start off. How fast can a kid move? How fast can a child hockey player really skate? They aren't going to be on a high school hockey level or college level. Its just not possible.

Some kids are good for their age though. This is why it is important to get them real hockey equipment. Not the recreational hockey gear that is sold for cheap. Take for example a nice pair of hockey skates. The best hockey skates that you can get for a kid is probably a pair that have abec 3's. I don't see any reason to go out and buy the an extremely expensive pair of Reebok hockey skates that have abec 5 or higher. Why do you ask? The reason is a simple and logical answer. A kid hockey player will never be able to fully utilize the the power of such a pair of skates. A teen player maybe, a college player definitely, but a child? I don't think so.

Does this mean that you should go out and buy crap for your kid? No, getting good gear can help slowly help elevate their game in the sport of hockey. They will improve and adapt and then will be ready for upgrades once that gear is worn out. Remember, roller hockey is expensive and it just keeps getting more and more expensive as you get older and become more advanced in your hockey skills. There's no need to spend a huge amount of money on equipment this early in a young hockey player's career.

Is kids equipment different from an adult hockey players? Yeah, they usually call it junior hockey gear. If you go to the online hockey gear websites, you will find them selling junior sticks and junior helps and such. These aren't really that different in material as they are in size. Although I must mention one thing that you may see differently in a child hockey player's skates. Some hockey equipment companies have their junior hockey skates come with one wheel less than their adult sizes. That means you will get only 3 wheels on a hockey skate rather than the standard four. This is basically just a foot sizing issue. They don't need four because the foot is only the size of the 3 wheels together. Can this be a good thing for a young hockey player? Yes, and it's good for the parents too. Why is that? Because you don't have to pay extra money for more bearings and more wheels that's 2 less hockey wheels you have to spend money on. Don't take this time for granted though as your kid most likely will grow out of it quickly and then you'll have to buy all new roller hockey equipment.

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