Equipment

Where Can I Get Equipment?

Sticks, mouth guards and shin guards will be available for purchase online during the registration process.  They will be available for pick up at Hamber field during the first week of practices. 

You will be able to purchase equipment at the field during the first week of practice at a mobile Just Field Hockey Tent.

You can also purchase sticks, shin guards and mouth guards from Just field Hockey ( 2865 West Broadway- 10% discount for Hawks members), Rackets and Runners (23rd and Oak - 10% discount for Hawks members) and Hockey King Sports (220 Main Street - 15% discount for Hawks members). You can also order equipment online from The Field Hockey Shack, they offer 10% off to all Hawks members. The Shack has a field hockey store in West Vancouver, and will also be at Eric Hamber throughout the year. Please call owner Steve Davis 604.800.5279 if you need anything.

Mouth guards, shoes and shin guards can be purchased at most quality sporting goods stores before the season.  Just Field Hockey, Rackets and Runners, Hockey King Sports, Sports Exchange or Gmax Sports (Waterloo and Broadway) bring in stock for the field hockey season. It is highly recommended that  players purchase mouth guards before the season, so that the guards can be molded in time for the first practice.

If you need help deciding what equipment you need for your player please look under "What equipment do I need to play...".

How do I measure a stick to fit my player?

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A stick should be on the short side rather than on the long size. It is better for skills development if the player has to squat using their legs with a short stick, than cheat by leaning out with their back with a too long stick. The stick should go up to about the player's hip bone. There is about a 2 inch leeway on either side. It is a matter of preference.

It is not necessary to purchase a composite stick for your U10 or younger player. They are expensive and not necessary at the development stage.

What equipment do I need to play U10 and younger?

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Your player will need 4 important pieces of equipment to play Spring League Field Hockey.

1.  Good quality running shoes/turf boots NO CLEATS

2.  Shingurads - soccer shingurads are fine. 

3.  Mouthguard - standard plastic sports mouthguards can be purchased at many sports stores (Look under FAQ's under "Where can I get equipment").They can also be purchased online through our registration.  To mold the mouthguard to the shape of your mouth so it is more comfortable, place it in boiling water for about a minute, then take it out and hold it in your mouth for a minute.

4.  Field Hockey stick. See FAQ "How do I measure a stick?" if you are unsure what size your player needs. To find our where to buy a new stick look under "Where can I get equipment" to find out where you can purchase a stick. They can also be purchased online through our registration.

You may also look for or post for sale or wanted ads on the Hawks facebook page to buy/sell gently used equipment: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373457363080103/ 

What equipment do I need to play U10 and older?

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Your player will need 4 pieces of equipment to play Field Hockey.

1.  Good quality running shoes/turf boots NO CLEATS

2.  Shinpads - soccer shinpads are fine but after U12 it is recommended to purchase Field Hockey only shin guards.

3.  Mouthguard - standard plastic sports mouthguards can be purchased at many sports stores (Look under "Where can I get equipment" for stores).They can also be purchased online through our registration.  To mold the mouthguard to the shape of your mouth so it is more comfortable, place it in boiling water for about a minute. Then take it out and hold it in your mouth for a minute. Mouth guards suitable for players with braces can be purchased at Rackets and Runners. Lastly, for the best fit, your dentist can fit custom made mouth guards. They usually cost $100-$150.

4.  Field Hockey stick. See FAQ "How do I measure a stick?" and "Where can I get equipment" for best fit and store locations.

You may also look for or post for sale or wanted ads on the Hawks facebook page to buy/sell gently used equipment:http://www.facebook.com/groups/373457363080103/