Hockey has a lot of equipment. Some of the equipment is important from the beginning, other equipment becomes more important the longer the player plays. It is not recommended that a new player goes out and buys every piece of equipment available. It can get very expensive and would be a waste of money if the player decided not long after that hockey isn’t something they enjoy. We will explain all the individual pieces of equipment here, but we will start of with a recommended list for the different type of players.
U8’s and New Players
- Hockey Stick – You can’t play without a stick!
- Regular inline skates –Remove the brakes if the child is a confident skater.
- Helmet – A bike helmet is fine to start with, but the player should get a proper helmet with face coverage as soon as possible.
- Mouth Guard – They are cheap to buy. A must if the player does not yet have the helmet with face coverage.
- Wrist, elbow and knee pads – This will protect against regular falls.
- Puck – For practice.
- Hockey Ball (optional)– A hockey ball rather than puck works much better out of the hockey arena, if the player is practicing out of practice, this will help them a lot.
- Mouth Guard
- Shoulder Pads
- Hockey Pants
- Shin Guards
- Hockey Jersey
- Hockey Trousers
- Hockey Socks
- Hockey Inline Skates
- Hockey Stick
- Hockey Ball
Used or New?
When purchasing hockey equipment, used can be very helpful at lowering the costs. Do make sure that the products are up to date. Hockey equipment has improved a lot over the years to be more comfortable, safer and lighter. So choose wisely.
If you plan to buy new, Pro Sports in Tivoli, Ljubljana and Itak in Ljubljana are both a very good option.
A player’s helmet-cage combo is the most important piece of protective hockey equipment that is worn. It protects the head, face and mouth, against minor abrasions and more powerful impacts. There is always the potential for concussions in the sport of hockey and a quality helmet is the only way to protect a hockey player from an injury of this type. Piščanci players should have a red helmet.
Wearing a mouth guard protects, the teeth, gums, tongue, and head in the case of an impact. Although some players may not have their permanent teeth when they begin playing hockey, we still recommend a mouth guard to protect against damage to other parts of the mouth
Gloves are designed to protect the players hands from contact. Unlike normal gloves, hockey gloves are sized by length and can range from 8”on the small side to 15”on the largest adults. Typically made of leather or durable nylon, the gloves should be somewhat loose fitting and the cuff of the glove should cover the entire wrist area of the player. The first place that a glove will wear out is in the palm, so look at this area if purchasing a used set. Black or red would fit nicely with Piščanci colours. Contact Jure to see if the club have any to lend your child.
Shoulder pads serve the purpose to protect the shoulder, upper arms, chest, and back from contact with other players, pucks, the goal, and the dasher boards. This piece of equipment is required at all levels and becomes much more important as players reach the age where checking is allowed. It is important to make sure that the pads fit in a manner that does not impede the players arm movement and should reach the tops of the elbow pads on the arms, and extend down close to the waist on the front and back. Contact Jure to see if the club have any to lend your child.
Elbow pads work in conjunction with the shoulder pads to protect the elbow, upper arm, and forearm area of a player. These should be specific for the sport of hockey and not the type designed for skateboarding or other activities. In most cases there will be a left and a right pad. The smallest sizes may not include a hard plastic, elbow cap, but this is an important element as the child gets larger. The elbow pads when sized correctly should cover from just below the shoulder pads to the mid forearm.
Hockey pants are shorts. They contain padding in the thigh, waist, tailbone and sometimes hamstring area and protect the upper legs from contact and falls. The pants should not impede the bending of the knee or touch the floor when kneeling. There is typically a shoelace closure in the front and a belt or suspenders is used to hold up the pants. Optimal colour would be black or red. Contact Jure to see if the club have any to lend your child.
Shin guards offer protection for the knees and the shins and are made with a hard plastic shell and a soft lining. They should extend from the tongue of the skate to just above the knee and are held in place using the Velcro straps and hockey tape. There is typically a left and a right, which when worn correctly offers better protection to key areas of the knee. Contact Jure to see if the club have any to lend your child.
Jill and Jock
On their lower half it is recommended that a protective cup is worn. The cups come in many ways, they can be inside shorts, or separate etc. It’s all personal choice.
Hockey jerseys are often the favorite piece of equipment for any player. Piščanci does have its own colours, the jerseys are custom made. Please ask Jure about pricing and ordering. Fit is a personal preference, but most are typically worn loose and should be sized with the players equipment on to ensure they are large enough. There are some spare jerseys that can be borrowed also, but they are not the team colours.
Hockey socks are worn over the shin guards, they help protect any straps against getting caught from hockey sticks etc. For Piščanci you should aim for black or red. But if you already have some which don’t match, it really isn’t so important.
Piščanci also has long trousers to match the teams jersey.
Hockey Inline Skates
When the player is new to hockey and is a young player, their regular skates will do the job just fine. If your child is older, the brake must be removed and the player must be taught how to brake without it. Once your child is playing hockey to a certain standard, it becomes time to buy them proper inline skates for hockey. Hockey skates will help the player perform better and enjoy the game even more. WARNING: They should not be warn off the arena, they will get destroyed fast on regular road surface.
Hockey Sticks are available in Youth, Junior, Intermediate, and Adult sizes and should be sized for the player. Most beginner skaters (10 and under) will start with a youth stick which has a smaller shaft and blade. The stick should be cut to a length in which the butt of the stick reaches a players nose when standing in shoes, or their chin when in skates. It is not recommended to cut down an adult or Int. stick for a young player as the blade will be out of proportion and the shaft will be too large for the players hands. For players that do not have an obvious left or right preference, sticks with a straight blade are recommended until a clear preference is seen. Also aim for the cheaper sticks, the young players grow out of them fast and rarely use the more expensive sticks to their full potential.
Inline Hockey Puck
Be sure to buy an inline hockey puck when you buy a puck. They are different to other pucks.
Inline Hockey Ball
Inline hockey balls are used when kids are practicing or playing on normal ground rather than an arena. The ball moves better than a puck would on such a surface. It is great for general use. We recommend you buy non named balls, the difference in price is a fair amount just to have a name printed on a ball.