When it comes to being a hockey parent you can definitely expect to spend a fair amount of money on your son or daughter’s hockey equipment. One of the big mistakes I see hockey parents making is when they buy their child the latest and greatest hockey stick. With the advancement of composite hockey sticks, they have become incredibly popular, and for good reason, they definitely can help certain hockey players to shoot better. Notice that I did not say that they will help all hockey players shoot better.
If you are brand new to hockey and just learning how to shoot you definitely do not need a composite hockey stick. Why spend almost two hundred dollars on a composite or pro stock hockey stick when you cannot get the full capabilities out of the stick because you don’t yet have the skills necessary to use it right. The same goes for youth hockey players. A child simply can not utilize a composite stick for the benefits that they offer because they simply do not have the strength needed to use the stick effectively. You might as well purchase your child wooden youth hockey sticks until they have developed enough strength and skill to be able to make using a composite youth hockey stick worthwhile.
Most children playing hockey see all of the fancy equipment that the professionals are using and they think that they need the same thing in order to be good. But with today’s economy, saving money on the youth ice hockey sticks that your child needs in order to play hockey will help you to afford more important things such as your child’s protective ice hockey equipment. Keep in mind that your child should focus on their basic hockey skills using a wooden youth hockey stick before graduating to the ultra expensive composite sticks.
The fact of the matter is that all of the professional hockey players you see today started using wooden sticks or a primitive version of the composite youth hockey sticks that you see today such as aluminum hockey sticks. Do yourself and your child a favor and skip spending extra money on fancy hockey gear that the pros use, and buy some affordable youth hockey sticks that will help them to learn the basics before making the jump to the composite youth ice hockey stick. Try to prevent having your child get hung up on the hockey equipment that they use and help them to focus on having fun and developing their skills first and foremost.