The Budget for Youth Hockey (Part III)

Pelvic protectors: $100 for four

Pants: $240 for five pairs

Shells: $40 for four

Undersocks: $100 for 10 pairs

Practice socks: $50 for five pairs

Bags: $200 for four bags

Oh, and the tape. How could we forget tape? Black (or white) for the stick blade, white (or black) for the stick handle, clear to wrap around the socks and keep the shin guards intact.

Black tape: $300

White tape: $50

Clear tape: $200

But each time you see your child dexterously and meticulously wrap the tape around his or her stick, you realize you’re getting your money’s worth. It’s close to passion.

Stick wax: $50

Then there are the big-ticket items: travel costs, including tournament fees, team dues, which include uniforms, coaching and the expensive ice time, summer camp tuitions, and a lesson or clinic fees. These cost changes from year to year, based on the number of tournaments and camps. Below is a rough, cringe-worthy estimate from the past few years.

Travel (transportation, lodging, meals): $10,500

Along with all the hockey gear, you have to factor in the travel expenses.

Club dues: $20,000

Camps, clinics, and lessons: $10,000

Overlooked here are the price attached to your vehicle, as well as things such as gas, repairs, and mileage. You might have to go through a few vehicles since you not only have to deal with mileage but also the wear and tear of those hockey bags. True fact: I racked up over 165, 000 miles in less than four years. My suggestion is to get a vehicle that can handle the hockey gear and traveling before your child starts his or her hockey career.

I’m leaving the car costs out since it’s quality bonding time with your young hockey player. You can talk about hockey, homework, music, the moon, friends, and the game, regardless if it was a victory or not.