Buying goalie equipment for yourself can be quite a difficult task, however, buying youth goalie equipment for your child is even more difficult because you want to make sure that everything fits your child properly and that you are buying quality gear to prevent injuries from happening to your young goaltender.
If you have a child that is thinking about starting to play goalie in hockey, it is important that they understand the investment that has to be made for them to play this expensive position in what is already an expensive sport. The last thing that any parent wants to do is spend a lot of money on new youth goaltender equipment, only to find out that not long into the future their child decides to quit playing goalie. For this reason I would recommend that if your child has not played goalie ever before, see if you can borrow or rent some youth goalie gear for your child so that they can try out the position for a few practices or even games before you make the commitment of spending your hard earned money on brand new youth goalie equipment for your child. A lot of ice rinks and youth hockey associations have rental goalie gear that players can use to suit up as goalies whenever they want, and although this gear is usually pretty worn out, it should suffice when helping your child decide if goalie is the right position for them.
Once you have a good understanding of whether or not your child will want to stick with goalie, if they come to the conclusion that they like the position, then it is time to decide where and what to buy in terms of youth goalie equipment. You definitely do not want to buy your children’s goaltender gear online if it is your first time buying equipment for them. It might be tempting to buy their equipment online, but you will likely make the mistake of buying the wrong size of hockey goalie pads. Instead of buying your child’s youth hockey goalie equipment online, you should go the traditional route of finding a hockey pro shop near you and getting help from an employee who likely has experience in fitting children for ice hockey equipment as well as goaltender equipment. Make sure that you ask many questions so that you don’t make the mistake of buying a piece of goalie equipment that will not suit your child well.
Another great way to get a good feel for what you should buy in terms of junior goalie equipment is to do some research online. There are many websites out there that offer customer reviews of various pieces ice hockey gear. Buying hockey goalie equipment does not have to be as intimidating as many hockey parents without experience make it. Just take your time and make sure that your child actually is committed to playing goalie before you spend a lot of money on goalie gear, after that everything else will fall into place.