Bench parent reps and all other parents a word or two for you on equipment!

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

I just wanted to go over a few things that hopefully you can pass on to all the parents.

1. I bring extra gear, sticks, helmet, shin pads, gloves, neck guard etc. to every practice. They are in the black square tow behind unit that I put in the hall heading out to the ice. I f ever you forget to bring a n item feel free to BORROW the gear for the practice. The gear must be returned at the end of the practice so it is available for the next group. If ever your child outgrows gear and you want to donate it to the cause I would be pleased to take it off your hands. Previously I posted an item on lost and found. In essence, at the end of each practice I will collect any items that are lying around and then post what I found on the blog. Life is so much easier when the player’s name is on their gear. Related to that there are still a few players without name labels on the front of their helmets. If that applies to your Timbit it is time to put the label and name on.

2. MOUTH GUARDS- Players have been choosing to not wear their mouth guards. These are not optional – In Novice hockey not having it in is a penalty. I will be asking the on ice instructors to check mouth guards as they work with the players. If you lose your child’s mouth guard there are new ones in the bottom section of the equipment trolley. These are $10. Mouth guards can’t be borrowed for a practice for obvious reasons.

3. Helmet repair There is a helmet repair kit in the small toolbox on the equipment trolley . It has replacement screws and assorted helmet parts to repair any helmets. Most sports stores will repair helemts for free but that requires you to check the helmet once it returns to the player’s equipment bag. 

4. Three issues have arisen concerning sticks…First – ALL sticks require enough tape on the end to form a “knob” to prevent them passing through the cage of a helmet, …. Second – some players have sticks that are curved the wrong way for them. Every player has a natural “side” they shoot on – most shoot left in Canada. Some players haven’t decided which way they shoot so a straight stick is probably best. Third – Stick length is a personal choice but somewhere between the chin and the nose works for almost everyone.

5. Two issues have arisen about skates First – some  are too dull to cut into the ice. Skates need to be sharpened once a month for Timbits. It is very hard for anyone especially a new skater to skate on dull skates.  Second – some skates are too big – often this means too wide rather than too long. Skates need to fit fairly tight in both width and length. When in doubt – all sports stores will give you advice on skate sizing. For length I like the one finger behind the heel with the toes pushed forward until they touch the toe of the skate – this translates into a skate size that is 1.5 to 2 sizes smaller than their shoe size. For width I think it needs to have no room on the side of the foot. I also personally avoid new skates for players who will outgrow them in one season. New skates are often pretty hard to get used to.

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