Equipment Safety Skates
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Skates usually fit 1 – 1.5 sizes smaller than street shoes. When fitting skates, wear the same socks to be worn when skating. Loosen the laces so that the foot can easily slip into the boot and then slide the foot forward to press the ends of the toes against the front of the skate. With the foot in this position, you should be able to place one finger between the boot and the heel of the foot.
Prior to lacing up the skates, kick the heel into the boot’s heel by banging the skate against the floor. Lace the boot with the first 3 eyelets snug, the next 3-4 eyelets loose, to prevent constriction of this area, and the last 2-4 eyelets very snug to maximize energy transfer to the boot.
Once the skates are laced up,
there should be approximately 1 and 1/2” to 2” between the eyelets. If they are farther apart than that, a narrower boot is necessary. If the eyelets are closer, then a wider boot is required. Different skate brands are designed for either narrow or wide feet.
Next, walk in the skates to ensure a comfortable fit.
Remove the skates and check the feet for red areas or pressure points, which are signs of an improper fit. All skates will require a break-in period.
Skate tongues should be worn behind the shin pads to fully protect the lower shin.
If the hard shell in the toes becom
es cracked, the skates should not be worn as this could result in serious injury.
Always dry skates by opening boots wid
e and pulling out removable liners after every session. Regularly check skate blades for:
• Bending of the blade
• Loose rivets
• Cracked blade holders or blade
• Loose blades
If you are on the ice more than three times a week, skates should be sharpened weekly or if there is a noticeable difference in the players ability to stop or turn.
Skate blades should be wiped dry after each use. Skate guards should be placed on the skate blades to avoid damage during transport or when walking on a non-ice surface.
Never buy skates that are too large with the intention of growing into them.