Looking up for playing a roller hockey game? Then, first of all, make sure that you have geared up correctly.
Playing hockey involves more equipment than squash or tennis. It’s because it’s a fast-paced sport with a lot of physical contact between the hockey players. Also, there’s a higher chance of injury by slipping or falling while playing. That’s why you must have some protective guards along with the regular equipment for safety.
Again, the equipment used by the goalie is different from the equipment used by a regular player. Some are mandatory and some are optional.
So without further narration, let’s learn about different roller hockey equipment.
Types of Roller Hockey
Roller hockey can be of two types. One is inline hockey which is very similar to the ice hockey. Another one is hardball hockey which is popularly known as floor hockey.
The first one is played on inline skate while another one is played on quad skates.
The first one is often entitled as the formal hockey with full pace. The game demands faster speed and more physical interaction between players. Therefore a higher level of protection is necessary.
On the contrary, quad hockey requires less number of gears with reduced padding. Also, it’s easy on your wallet and quick to gear up.Besides, the stick used in floor hockey is much like the one used in field hockey.
See, the two styles are quite different. So the gears involving them will also be different. That’s why we have categorized them according to these styles.
1. Inline Hockey
Regular Player Equipment (Mandatory)
i. Hockey Sticks
Inline hockey sticks are usually of wood or composite materials. Nowadays most of them are of graphite. However, you’ll be able to play inline hockey without losing the durability of the stick. As a result, it’ll maximize the energy transfer and contribute to shot harder with lighter hands.
The size of the stick depends on the size of the player. But there are some limits of dimensions. For example, the length of the stick must fall between 90cm to 115cm and the width must be less than 5cm. the weight of the stick shouldn’t cross 500gm.
The vulcanized rubber made hockey pucks have a 3’’ diameter and a thickness of 1’’. The weight is 170 grams.
For playing inline hockey, there are skates specially-designed for inline hockey. A set of hockey wheels are arranged in a single row. So it reduces the weight of the wheels and chassis and thus it provides better control. Also, there is ventilation which is important for both the comfort and performance.
It can be the one for a pickup game or it may be a specified team’s jersey.
v. Protective Guards
- Helmet: One of the basic protective equipment is the helmet. While skating with higher speed and playing the full power shots, face and head injury can occur. The straps with it help to fit it in your head. Thus this thermoplastic made element protect your head from a concussion. To give protection to your face it has a face cage in front of the helmet.
- Gloves: To keep your hand safe, you should use hockey gloves. But for comfort, you can use gloves specially manufactured for inline hockey. These ensure proper ventilation thus improving the comfort to your hand.
- Elbow Pads: Elbow pads include padded elbow cups along with forearm protection. It protects your elbow and forearm when you accidentally fall to the ground or in case of a collision.
- Shin Guards: Shin guards are for providing protection to the knee and the bones. It’s made of hard plastic shells so that is can avoid injuring the limbs in the event of intensive battle.
- Jock Protector: This will provide protection to your genital parts.
- Shoulder Pads
This inline padded vest has back and front panels and arm cups with some straps. Straps help to fit it well with your body. The panels give protection to your chest, ribs, and spine. The hard-shelled cups provides protection to your arms and shoulders during a collision.
- Padded Shirts
You can also use an inline padded shirt instead as a more environment-friendly option. These provide better mobility and breathability which is conducive to the performance.
- An Inline Girdle Or Hockey Pants
Inline girdles or hockey pants give protection to the hips when a puck or ball impacts there. Also, in the event of a failure, it provides protection to the tailbone. Just like the padded shirt, it provides breathability and mobility.
A bag that will carry all your roller hockey equipment is necessary.
- Skate Tool
In case you need on-the-spot repair, skate tools will help. This is for an emergency.
- Spare Wheels And Sticks
You can’t play with a broken stick or broken wheels. Bring a backup set for remaining in the game.
The goalie requires more protective guards than a player. Here are the must have equipments for a goalie.
The helmet used by a goalie is stronger than that of a player because he may have to withstand high-speed blows. The net in front of the helmet protects the face.
ii. Neck Guard
Below the helmet, this curved puncture-resistant padded element provides comfort to your neck. It consists of a series of plates made of nylon.
iii. Chest And Arm Protector
Chest and arm protectors protect the collarbone areas along with the chest and arm. As mentioned above, most of the protective guards are made of hard plastic.
The gloves used by the goalie are different from that of a player. He uses a pair of catcher gloves to catch the ball.
V. Leg Pad
This pad is specially designed for the leg as well as knee protection of the goalie. Instead of hardwood, leg pads are of foam and synthetic leather. Usually, the length is 38’’ and the width is 11’’.
vi. Goalie Stick
The main function of the goalie stick is to block the ball from entering the goalpost. So obviously its structure will also be different. The shaft of the goalie stick is wider than the player stick. Usually, it's a wooden stick that has fiberglass panels for durability and impact.
2. Outdoor/ Quad/ Floor Hockey
The quad hockey players dress like the football players with shots, jerseys, and socks up to the knees. The sleeves of the jersey cover the elbow parts.
A pair of gloves is the basic protective element for playing quad hockey. The goalie uses a batting glove that’s flat as he has to rebound the ball to block it instead of catching
Another core element to protect the vulnerable body parts from injury is the shin pads.
The quad hockey players play wearing roller hockey skates. The player has to tie the four wheels around the foot. They enable you to roll.
v. Outdoor Wheels
Outdoor wheels come with the hardness and durability needed for an outdoor surface. Indoor wheels on outdoor surface chew up money by reducing its lifespan. Also, they make skating dangerous because of the softness of the flexible urethane.
The weight of the ball is around 155gm and the perimeter is usually 23cm. Like pucks, the balls are of vulcanized rubber.
It may be an ABS blade combo or an ABS stick.
- Helmet- to give comfort to your head during hot summer.
- Hat - not to let the sun disturb you or to keep your hair off your eyes.
- Girdle and Inline Pants- to protect your hip against rough concrete if you’re afraid of rough fall.
- Spare Balls/wheels/skate tools
- Bag and water bottle
I hope, our checklist of roller hockey equipment will help you to gear up properly. Best of luck!