How to get dressed
Not all information out there will mention this but having a base layer underneath the equipment is recommended but not required for first time players. The Velcro from the equipment can irritate the skin if not set properly and the base layer helps prevent this.
Use the Printable Equipment List for reference when reviewing the steps for dressing below.
- Put on your cup. Make sure that you have a supporter, jock, or Jill (commonly known for a female player) or else the cup will fall out of your pants onto the ice.
- Put on your shin guards. They protect your legs and stop many and most pucks it is very important to get shin guards that fit.
- Put on your ice hockey socks over the shin guards. They should connect to the Velcro on your cup pants. If there is no Velcro on your cup pants, you can always use clear hockey tape to keep them up or clip them to your garter if that is the type of jock or Jill you have (see point 4).
- Put on your garter belt if you do not have jock or Jill shorts / pants. This helps hold your socks to your waist so they don't fall down.
- Put on your ice hockey pants. They should be over the garter belt / Velcro hockey short and go slightly over the top of your knees.
- Put your skates on. They should be tightened very tight but should not interfere with circulation. It takes practice to be able to tie skates well and if you have trouble with them not being tight enough then purchase waxed laces. Another option is to wrap the lace twice before tying a bow rather than once. This little step holds the lace in place better than if you only tucked/wrapped the lace once.
- Put on your shoulder/chest pads. They protect your chest and shoulders.
- Put on your elbow pads. They protect your elbows. You may need to adjust shoulder pads to cover elbow pads depending on length.
- Put on your hockey or practice jersey. It should go over your chest/shoulder pads and cover your elbow pads.
- Put on your Neck/throat guard.
- Put on your hockey helmet (CSA approved).
- Put on your hockey gloves.
- Grab your stick, and then hit the ice!
For reference there are a couple links to YouTube Videos on how to dress.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvefXKMi3cU is a video from USA Hockey but gets the point across.
If help is needed, ask for help, coaches will be more than happy to help out.