How can you tell if your child is ready to suit up for ice hockey? If he is at least 6 years old, has good hand-eye coordination, is a good ice skater, and can play well on a team, he may be ready. If he decides to give it a try, be sure he follows these safety recommendations:
- Always wear all the required safety equipment. Whether it's just practice or an actual game, make sure your child wears all the necessary safety gear including a helmet and face mask, mouth guard, gloves, and pads for shoulders, knees, elbows, and shins.
- Get a good fit. Check your child's equipment regularly to make sure it fits well and is in good condition.
- Avoid contact. Teach your child to avoid contact with the boards and with other players.
- Make sure first aid is available at all games and practices.