Getting Started Part 2Updated Tuesday August 5, 2014 by Donald Choi.
Your hockey pants protect your midsection to the top of your shin pads. Above the waist, the pants should extend up to the lower rib cage and the bottom of your shoulder pads. At the knee, the pants should overlap the top of your shin pads by one or two inches to provide coverage even when you bend your knee. Your pants should fit loosely enough to allow a full range of motion in your waist and hips, but not so loose that they shift out of position. Most pants include a belt so that you can secure the pants firmly at your waist. For most players, your waist size can be used to select hockey pants.
There are a couple of different styles of Athletic cups. Both are equally popular but the trend is leaning towards the shorts style as pictured above. The other style is a strap and cup style (not shown).
If you get the shorts style they usually come with Velcro on the bottom of the legs which will save on tape or garters needed to hold the socks up plus they are very comfortable to wear. No matter what style you choose, make sure the fit is comfortable and not too small. If it is too big it will unnecessarily inhibit the ability of your player to skate well.
Shin guards are designed to protect the shins and knees from impacts that might occur from sticks, pucks, or other players. To determine the size of shin guard to order, you will need to measure the length of the shin. To do this you will need to bend the leg at a 90 degree angle. Then, measure from the center of the kneecap to the top of the boot of the skate. Make sure to measure all the way to the top of the boot, and not to the top of the tongue of the skate. This will give you a measurement that will help to determine the proper shin guard size.
There must be a butt end on the stick large enough to prevent the stick from entering the face shields. To determine proper stick length
- Stand in your skates
- Put the toe of the stick on the ground
- The stick should reach somewhere between your chin and the tip of your nose