Cricket and Hockey Equipment
What To Buy To Prepare For Hockey
A lot of different kinds of stick and ball games have been around for a long time. Hockey started out as a stick and ball game like so many others. Hockey is a rough sport that you need plenty of protection to play properly. This means that you might have to end up buying a lot of equipment in order to play. This is a big turn off for a lot of people that are interested in playing the game. There is a long list of equipment that you will need to be protected. This can get really expensive so I have made a list of the most important equipment so you can find deals and save some money.
You are of course going to have to buy a good pair of ice skates. Most kinds of ice skates will work well enough to play hockey casually. But, if you are joining a league or trying to play competitively you are going to want a good pair of ice hockey skates. Many different websites offer ice hockey skates at discounted prices. You are going to want to get a pair of ice skates that give you extra support on the ankles. You also want them to fit properly. There is not much time to rest while playing hockey so you are going to feel it if you get a pair that are too small or too large.
Your helmet is the next thing you are going to need to get. This is the most important part of your cricket equipment because of the potential for head trauma. A helmet can protect you from the puck, other player's sticks, and the ice if you get knocked down. A helmet that does not fit right can do more harm than good. It can fly off at the wrong time or it can block your vision. Without a good helmet you have a good chance of getting a concussion which is nothing to play around with.
There is a lot of additional padding that you can get to protect yourself. Everything from shin guards to shoulder pads are made to help protect players from harm. Hockey is a fast paced full contact game. You need to be able to take a hit and keep on going. More importantly you need to protect yourself from the permanent damage that hockey could lead to. Getting padding and body guards that fit you is important. As with most protection equipment if it does not fit you correctly you can get seriously injured. Not to mention that padding that is too big or too small will certainly affect your game. Read about ball hockey here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_hockey.
The hockey stick like cricket bats is the last part of equipment you really need. I leave this for last because there are usually sticks that you can borrow if you are just starting out. This gives you a good chance to see what kind of sticks you like.