The Budget for Youth Hockey (Part I)

They come in all shapes and sizes, from Washington state to Maine, Florida to Alaska. Yet, every youngster at the USA Hockey’s 2013 National Championships had one thing in common. Slung over every player’s shoulder was a big, bulky, and about to burst at the seams duffel bag.

That’s all in being a hockey player. You have to be carrying a 40-pound behemoth into and out of rinks while having two sticks in one hand and a drink in the other. The goalies have it worse. They have bigger pads and gloves, paddles, yet, nobody ever complains. Hockey teaches you to carry your load early on.

What is All That?

For the benefit of the uninitiated, every bag holds a helmet, skates, shin guards,

A child’s hockey experience can cost you a good chunk of change so make sure you’re saving up.

shoulder pads, a neck guard, elbow pads, protective pants or girdles, shells, home and away jerseys, home and away socks, (smelly) gloves, various undergarments, hosiery and plenty of tape, as well as sundry items including a blade sharpener, a rag, first aid kit, scissors, wax, talcum powder, and an iPod. Tack on another $170 for Apple AirPods.

Most youth hockey players have at least five pairs of Bauer skates priced at around $200 per pair. Just a bit of info: adult topline pairs go for over $500. If your child plays for both school and travel teams, she/he goes through two sets of blades a year, so additional steel can cost around $300.

Sharpening: $5 once a week for 25 weeks, times 10 years, costs $1,250. Include $50 for broken laces and lost blade covers. Then there’s $45 for any shoe repairs. This is a good time for you to learn by word of mouth for anyone who does shoe repairs. This stops your child from having to break in a new pair.

 

Famous Women Field Hockey Players (Part II)

Kayla Bashore-Smedley

These young ladies definitely made their impact on the sport of field hockey.

Kayla Bashore-Smedley was born in Daegu, South Korea and is a US field hockey defender and midfielder. Now residing in San Diego, California, she played field hockey for Indiana University. She was the first player from IU to make the US National Field Hockey team. She played for the USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Emilie Sinia

Emilie Sinia is a Belgian field hockey player. She competed with the Belgium women’s national field hockey team in the women’s tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Stephanie de Groof

Stephanie De Groof is a field hockey player representing Belgium. She competed with the Belgium women’s national field hockey team in the women’s tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Lauren Crandall

Lauren Crandall is a US field hockey player. In the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics, she was a part of the United States women’s national field hockey team as well as being a team captain in 2012 and 2016. She played for the national team from 2005-2016. Before joining the national team, she played field hockey for Wake Forest, winning the NCAA field hockey championship twice.

Caroline Nichols

Caroline Nichols is a US field hockey player. She was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and 2012 US Olympic team for Women’s Field Hockey.

Nichols played varsity field hockey on the Lady Monarchs for four years at Old Dominion. She was an Academic All-American and First String All-American as well as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association championship team in 2005.

In 2008, USA Field Hockey nominated Nichols to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

Lola Danhaive

Lola Danhaive is a Belgian field hockey player. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Danhaive was a part of the Belgium women’s national field hockey team in the women’s tournament.