The Speedy Kids Oval Program Society is committed to providing participants with the free use of all necessary equipment (speed skates, helmets, and protective gear). Equipment is loaned out at each practice. You are also welcome to purchase your own.
- Helmet (casque): CSA-approved hockey helmet, dual-certified ASTM 1492 skateboarding/CPSC bicycling helmet (no holes large enough for blades), or ASTM F1849 short track speed skating helmet
- Shatter-resistant safety or racquet sport glasses (lunettes) attached by a strap
- Hockey neck guard (protege gorge) with bib
- Cut-resistant gloves (gants) made of leather (medium thickness or more) or a synthetic material such as Kevlar
- Volleyball knee pads (protege genoux)
- Soccer shin guards (protege tibias) without ankle piece
- Cut-resistant protection for Achilles tendon (low-cut boots)
- Skates (patins) with hard guards for wearing off ice and soft guards for storing skates after drying blades thoroughly
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Advice for cold evenings:
- Wear a tight fitting hat that covers the ears underneath the helmet.
- Use big, warm, puffy mittens over the cut-resistant gloves.
- Cover the face with a neck warmer, balaclava, or scarf.
- Layer up by wearing long johns, tights, leggings, turtlenecks, etc.
- Invest in a pair of thin wool socks.
Plan to arrive at the Oval 10-15 minutes before the start of practice, so there is time to get equipment on. If you arrive more than 5 minutes after the start of practice, we may not be able to accommodate you. Equipment will be laid out on the benches closest to the building. Building access is allowed only for use of the washroom.
If you are borrowing equipment at each practice…
- There are gear bags made up in size small (ages 4-7) and medium (ages 8-12); for larger sizes (ages 13 & older), gear is loose in a bin. The bags contain: neck guard, glasses, gloves, knee pads, and shin guards. All items must be worn. Do not remove the strap from glasses. At the end of practice, put all gear back into the bag loosely (so that it dries), with velcro straps closed (so stuff doesn’t get stuck together), and place the bag in the garbage bin for used equipment.
- Speed skates are required. Coaches and volunteers will bring out skates when you arrive. Be sure to tie skates tightly all the way to the top. Hard guards must be worn off the ice: take guards off/put guards back on at the side of the ice. Speed skates are sharpened by hand, and wearing hard guards helps to keep them sharp. At the end of practice, dry off skates thoroughly, put on soft guards, and place the skates in the garbage bin for used equipment.
- Helmets are in bins, sorted into sizes XS, S, M, and L (with additional differences due to thickness of foam). Be sure to choose a helmet that fits: the helmet should not move around on the head and it should cover the forehead. A thin, close-fitting hat can be worn underneath. Adjust the strap so that it fits tightly, with no more than one finger breadth of room between the strap and the neck. Helmets of the same colour/pattern are the same size: so once you find a helmet that fits, remember the colour/pattern. At the end of practice, place helmets in the garbage bin for used equipment. Also, if you try a helmet and it doesn’t fit, put it in the garbage bin.
We are doing our best to keep everyone safe by sanitizing or quarantining equipment after use. Please do your part by helping us to maintain separate equipment streams for “clean” and used equipment.