Skaters cannot master skills unless their skates fit properly and their ankles are well supported. Skates should fit snugly around the ankle and heel, with room for toes to move but the foot should not slide around and the heel should not be able to lift inside the skate once it’s laced up. Your child should be able to stand and walk in their skates without having ankles turn inward or outward. Buying skates that are too big will not provide the necessary support or give your child adequate control over their skates. Since young skaters tend to outgrow skates long before the support is gone, you may be able to find a pair of good quality used skates at a better price than inexpensive new ones. We don't recommend molded plastic skates since they don’t allow any adjustment for fit, and they simply do not flex well enough through the ankle in order for the skater to get a proper knee bend. Have your child properly measured and fitted wherever you go to purchase skates. Proper fit is essential to success in skating!
Brand new skates always require sharpening before stepping on the ice for the first time. Skaters trying to skate on dull blades have to work harder to gain control or to get a good push when there is no edge. If you see that your child’s skates are slipping on the ice, there’s a good chance they need sharpening. Blades should be protected by wearing hard skate guards for walking, and soft guards for storage. Both hard and soft guards are inexpensive to purchase and are designed for both hockey and figure skates. Never walk around on your blades without having a hard guard on. These guards help to avoid harmful scraping, chipping and premature dulling of the blade. Walking to and from change rooms, on concrete, or through the arena lobby without them, exposes blades to abrasive surfaces and shortens their lifespan. Basically, the rougher the off ice wear on blades, the more it will cost in trips to sharpen and repair. Be sure to label your guards and wash them out occasionally.
Skates become wet inside the boot from perspiration, and on the outside from snow and ice, so it is important for blades and boots to be dried thoroughly with a soft cloth or chamois once they are taken off. Soft guards are recommended for when skates are kept in the skate bag. They protect blades by absorbing any condensation that develops as blades return to room temperature, preventing rust from developing. Never store skates with hard guards on! When you get home from the arena, open up your skate bag and let skates dry out thoroughly.
Skating Equipment Checklist:
Good quality, well fitted skates, appropriate to height, weight and skill level of skater
Helmet for CanSkaters
Full hockey equipment for Powerskaters
Skate guards - hard guards for walking and soft guards for storage
Clean cloth or chamois to dry skates and blades after skating
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